Two of the purposes of the American Smallsword Symposium are to present a diversity of perspectives and to give opportunity for new instructors to be introduced, supported and promoted. So it was with great pleasure that added to the ranks of instructors in 2020 is Sarah Portratz.
From the moment that Sarah walked into the Gym at Brass Frog Assault of Arms in June 2019 I could tell that she had tremendous potential. Throughout the weekend as I watched her in other peoples classes and in the Smallsword tournament I saw that she was head and shoulders above the crowd in terms of Smallsword style. In the classes I taught I saw her as an an eager and thoughtful student I became convinced that I wanted her to come to AmSS and that it would be good for her and for the event to have her lead a class. Sarah has generously agreed to come and teach Angelo Pt #1. We are counting on Sarah on her return to Wisconsin to spread the joy of Smallsword to the far reaches of the American Heartland.
New Instructor Sarah Potratz
Early Registration Rate
Full Admission paid before April 1. 2020 discounted to $175.00
Angelo and Back to Basics
Registration is now open for AmSS 2020. The theme this year will be "Back to Basics with Angelo". It is fitting to recall that the beginning of the modern revival of Smallsword began for many of us fifteen years ago with the republication of Angelo's School of Fencing in 2005. Up until that point the only access to many historical fencing manuals was by writing to Patri Puglise for photocopies.
Angelo has a lot to recommend it. He is complete without going into excessive detail. The text is clear and the plates are great. As a result Angelo became the modern standard of reference for all Smallsword and to some degree Western Martial Arts in general. Notwithstanding his official status and Royal patronage in England. one can dispute just how influential Angelo was in its time in the broader context. But in the modern era no one can do without an understanding of Angelo and his method.
The plan is to go through the text in a progressive manner to ensure that new students can get a good grounding and experienced fencers can gain a deeper understanding of some of the finer points.
There will be a tournament where we will judge style points as well as hits. A class on period dance posture and etiquette by a guest instructor is in the works. We will keep the same exceptional convenient and comfortable venue. And we will hold the line on price too. Many of the same quality instructors will return and we have some new and up and coming instructors will get a chance on a bigger stage.
Stay tuned for more details soon.
American Smallsword Symposium 2020
Last Minute Business
Friday night please join us 7:00 for drinks at Wits End Saloon 9603 Deereco Rd
Timonium, MD 21093. Saturday Night 7:30 we will gather for dinner at An Poitin Stil 2323 York Rd, Timonium, MD 21093. Looking forward to seeing you all then.
Any revisions to the schedule will be posted on the event page on FB. Urgent communications by Messenger.
Official American Smallsword Symposium
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What to Bring to AmSS
ii.no pistol grips please
This is a little taste of the fun we had at the first American Smallsword Symposium back in 2015. Join us again or for the very first time in 2019
April Fools . . .NOT!
Do not miss the deadline for AmSS 2019 Early Registration. April 15,2019.
The price goes up from $175 to $225.
One Day Rate
For those of you who can't spend the whole weekend at the American Smallsword Symposium I have added a special One-Day Admission. Don't care for tournaments come on Saturday . Do you live for competition and want to see the Amberger Collection just come Sunday. Come either day for only $125.oo. Keep in mind that the current Early Bird Rate of $175.00 will expire soon and the Regular Price at $225.00 will be in effect.