On provoking and harming the enemy

In this seminar you are going to learn some basic, but yet sophisticated, ways to provoke an opponent who stands firm in his guard and attack him with significant advantage. The tactics and techniques presented will be focused on stratagems and artifices found in the works of various Italian renaissance weapon-masters and they can be performed with either a one-handed or a two-handed straight, double-edged sword. So, bring your side-sword, your longsword or even your rapier and enjoy.

Required Equipment: Protective Gear: HEMA mask, HEMA jacket or gambeson and sparring gloves. Weapon: Steel or Synthetic Longsword or *Side-sword or Rapier.

* Synthetic side-swords will be provided by the Academy of Hoplomachia. In case you want to participate using a longsword or a rapier, you have to bring your own.

Chrysovalantis Tampakakis

Chrysovalantis Tampakakis is instructor of historical European martial arts at Sports Club – Academy of Hoplomachia and Coriolanos HEMA Team. He is a Provost of the Historical Fencing Affiliates (HFA) and President of the Board of the Hellenic Federation of HEMA (HFHEMA). He has been a founding member of the study group of ARMA Hellas (established in 2003), a scholar adept and study group co-ordinator from 2006 to April 2014 and is a current member of HEMAC. He is co-author with George Zacharopoulos of ‘The Knightly Art of the Sword: hoplomachia in the middle ages and the renaissance’ – the first book on HEMA in Greek – and knife instructor at Reality Based Personal Protection system of Jim Wagner. His study, practice and teaching focus is on the works of the Italian renaissance weapon-masters (mainly the works of Achille Marozzo, Giovanni dall’ Agocchie and Salvator Fabris) while his research interests and experimentation center on the various Hellenic styles of warfare from the Trojan war to the military operations of the Greek Stradioti in renaissance Europe.