pro nonsense self defense
Posted On:2/16/2011 6:03pm
Style: FMA, dumbek, Indian clubs
Hmmm, a trip to Vegas might be in my future...
Posted On:3/22/2011 4:42pm
The organizers have now posted a provisional list of seminars at http://thecombatcon.com/class-list . You can look at the list via System/Style (http://thecombatcon.com/classes-by-system) or via Weapon (http://thecombatcon.com/classes-by-weapon). Lastly, each instructor's bio page lists their classes at the bottom. AFAIK this lists about 1/2 of the classes that will eventually be held at the event.
Originally Posted by CombatCon
There are still many more classes coming, along with the list of Demonstrations, Panels and Activities. We will bring you more details soon.
Of course, there is much to do in the evenings. After dinner there will be tournaments, free fencing, movies, games and that's all without leaving the hotel After all, you're in Las Vegas!
To celebrate the class list online there is a 10% discount until April 5th, so use WMA2011 in the Promo Box and get your registration in now!
As anticipated, most of the classes are geared around Western martial arts (historical fencing, old-school pugilism, Bartitsu etc.)
Check out the Bullshido.net Western Martial Arts Forum for all things Western, martial and arty.
Bartitsu: the Gentlemanly Art of Self Defence (est. 1899)
Posted On:4/27/2011 3:59pm
Many new updates at http://thecombatcon.com/ including new featured guests, classes and activities. They will be holding a film expo. and numerous MA demos as well as a variety of panel discussions and tournaments. Plus, it's in Vegas ...
Posted On:6/02/2011 3:49pm
The full schedule of martial arts classes, panel discussions etc. is now online at http://thecombatcon.com/programming/schedule . Every damn thing from steampunk martial arts to demos of hand to hand combat vs. zombies, with guests including fight specialists from the Star Wars movies, Lord of the Rings, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, etc.
Posted On:6/21/2011 5:16am
This looks like it's gonna be big; between the 20 Featured Guests (mostly film fight choreographers, SF authors etc.), 30 + Western martial arts instructors, more than 40 presenters and a whole bunch of attendees who have already booked, they've run out of room at the Tuscany hotel. Anyone planning to be at CombatCon who hasn't already booked is advised to see other nearby accommodation options via http://thecombatcon.com/register/stay .
Posted On:8/15/2011 1:53am
Just realized that there hadn't been any report on this event here, and there should be, so here goes; better very late than not at all.
CombatCon was a resounding success, with over 500 registrants coming in from all parts of the US and some from faraway lands. Depending on how you look at it or how you spent your time over the three days, it was either the (probably) geekiest martial arts event in history, or the most violent sci-fi/fantasy convention ever.
Dozens of mostly Western martial arts instructors offered a huge range of classes in all forms of historical fencing, old-school boxing, Bartitsu, Spanish knife fighting, catch wrestling, etc. Simultaneously there was a full track of demonstrations, lectures and panel discussions. Evenings were mostly taken up with socializing, film festival screenings and tournaments, the latter including longsword, knife and rapier fencing competitions, and a stage combat choreography tournament on the last night. Almost everyone made time to get out and see a bit of Vegas as well.
The vendors' room was huge and packed full of booths - Cold Steel had a presence as well as dozens of other armorers, booksellers and costumers.
Apart from catching up with a bunch of people I only get to see once every few years, I actually enjoyed the panel discussions the most. It's not often you get to sit in on discussions between (for example) the fight specialists who helped to create the Star Wars and Lord of the Rings series, the Highlander TV show and "Deadliest Warrior".
It's been confirmed that CombatCon will return to Las Vegas in 2012.
Posted On:8/15/2011 2:40am
sounds like it was a blast, if i have the funds i'll try and make it out next year.
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Posted On:8/15/2011 8:25am
Style: BJJ, Boxing, Muay Thai
Sounds pretty cool yeah! I like DnD AND punching people in the face, so this might've been a fun theme to go to!
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Posted On:8/15/2011 9:38am
Style: Kung Fu Swordfighting
Perhaps I'll try and catch the next one; it does sound like fun.
The fool thinks himself immortal,
If he hold back from battle;
But old age will grant him no truce,
Even if spears spare him.
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