“Nicoletto Giganti: Coming to grips”

In this workshop we will focus on close fighting with the rapier from the second book of Nicoletto Giganti’s rapier fencing treatise. We will work on the essentials in order to come to grips, how and when we pass, gripping details and mechanics. The workshop is addressed to practitioners of intermediate level but beginners can easily follow since there will be a short introduction to Giganti’s basic rules & advices.

Equipment requirements: fencing mask, rapier / side sword or single sword, gloves optional.

Hemac-HEMATHLON may be able to provide up to 6 swords, first come, first served.

George Zacharopoulos

George Zacharopoulos is studying and training in Historical European Martial Arts for more than a decade with a fondness for the German longsword and a likeness for the Italian rapier. He is currently teaching HEMA at S.C. Academy of Hoplomachia , Marxbrüder Guild Hellas and Coriolanos HEMA Team. Provost of the HISTORICAL FENCING AFFILIATES and founder of the Athens Bartitsu Club 1900. Previous experience include Ninjutsu, Combined Chinese and Filipino Boxing (by Angelos Fasois), Sport Fencing, Sport Archery. Also certified Knife Instructor of the Reality Based Personal Protection system by Jim Wagner. He has participated in HEMA events and taught workshops in Greece and abroad. Co-author (with Chrysovalantis Tampakakis) of the first book for HEMA in Greek, entitled “The Knightly art of the Sword” by Batsioulas Publications in 2011. His new book, a translation in English of Philipp Müller’s “Theoretical and Applied introduction to Swordmanship” (ΘΕΩΡΗΤΙΚΗ ΚΑΙ ΠΡΑΚΤΙΚΗ ΕΙΣΗΓΗΣΙΣ ΤΗΣ ΣΠΑΘΑΣΚΙΑΣ) 1847 military saber treatise is expected later this year by Fallen Rook Publishing. Member of HEMAC and THE HEMA ALLIANCE. General Secretary of the Hellenic Federation of Historical European Martial Arts.