Victor Markland has been a student of WMA’s for over ten years, most of that time under the seductive spell of the smallsword. He has presented educational and interpretative programs in the United States, Canada and the UK. At home in Maryland he is an instructor with the Mid-Atlantic Society for Historic Swordsmanship (MASHS). Founder of Mid-Atlantic Manly Arts (MAMA), he is proud of having organized an annual Manly Arts Day (MAD) at Hampton National Historic Site for nine consecutive years. MAD was the only program devoted exclusively to martial arts in the entire U.S. National Park Service. He is greatly relieved that years of his youth spent studying philosophy and Ballet were not wasted and have finally found a constructive use.
Class: Smallsword Context and Principles
This short class will consider the context and culture of the smallsword period to develop a specific movement vocabulary. This will draw from Enlightenment period philosophy and culture especially period theatrical and social dance to develop a sophisticated and authentic understanding of the underlying rational and kinesthetic principles of smallsword technique.
Students will require:
Smallsword, epee, or foil ( French or Italian grip)
Pair of Fencing Gloves
Knickers or pants.
Non-marking Athletic shoes
(Even better would be heeled flexible leather soled shoes such as Jazz Oxfords or a willingness to work in your socks for part of the class.)
Gender specific protection for men and women strongly encouraged.
A very limited number of spare weapons and kit will be available
NO PISTOL GRIPS
NO BARE SKIN