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    Western MA Weekend 2009 review

    The 10th annual WMAW event (Racine, Wisconsin) was a successful 4 days of masterclasses, academic seminars, excellent fencing/sparring and fellowship. This year was the first that WMAW was completely sold out (160 participants) and attendees arrived from throughout the USA, Canada, Europe, New Zealand and Australia.

    The weather was perfect every day and almost all the classes were held outdoors (that choice being made by instructors on a per-class basis). At any given time during a typical day, four groups of forty students each would be training under the oak trees in the beautiful central square of the lakeside Dekoven Center, a 19th century university campus. Classes typically ran between two and three hours and included a huge range of WMA topics from Renaissance German and Italian longsword to sword and buckler, rapier, catch wrestling, dagger combat, Bartitsu, classical (dueling) saber fencing, American bare-knuckle boxing and purring (savate-like low kicking), etc.

    Evening events included some truly superb fencing matches. Finnish WMA instructor Guy Windsor deserves special credit for "challenging" all comers, at all weapons, throughout the four days, displaying exemplary technique, conditioning and sportsmanship.

    Pix and vids will be online soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DdlR View Post
    Finnish WMA instructor Guy Windsor deserves special credit for "challenging" all comers, at all weapons, throughout the four days, displaying exemplary technique, conditioning and sportsmanship.
    Lol, wut? "Guy Windsor"? I was expecting something more like Jorma Kaliomakki(!)

    Any vids of the BK?

    I've been watching a lot of "Pikey fights" on the 'tube. Ever check those out?
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    Quote Originally Posted by War Wheel View Post
    Lol, wut? "Guy Windsor"? I was expecting something more like Jorma Kaliomakki(!)

    Any vids of the BK?

    I've been watching a lot of "Pikey fights" on the 'tube. Ever check those out?
    Guy was born in England but he's a fulltime WMA instructor in Helsinki.

    I don't know if there are any vids of the BKB class but there was a documentary crew taping many of the classes.

    Yes, I've seen some of the Irish bare-knuckle fight clips.
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    Quote Originally Posted by War Wheel View Post
    Lol, wut? "Guy Windsor"? I was expecting something more like Jorma Kaliomakki(!)
    I met Guy for the first time several years ago at ISMAC. He's a nice enough fella.

    If it makes you feel better, one of his top students is named Ilkka. :) (also a nice fella - interested in CaCC)

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    Speaking of CaCC, one of the "new" instructors was Dr. Les Moore, who apparently learned catch wrestling, bare-knuckle boxing and even a form of purring (combat low kicking) from his family and friends in the Appalachians. He was also a student of Tim Geoghegan (reffed. in Robert Smith's "Martial Musings").
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    Quote Originally Posted by DdlR View Post
    Speaking of CaCC, one of the "new" instructors was Dr. Les Moore, who apparently learned catch wrestling, bare-knuckle boxing and even a form of purring (combat low kicking) from his family and friends in the Appalachians. He was also a student of Tim Geoghegan (reffed. in Robert Smith's "Martial Musings").
    Yeah, I saw him listed in the Schedule page as teaching those.

    Thanks for the quick bio.

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    http://www.youtube.com/view_play_lis...DD897C0&page=1

    A large assortment of video clips from the recent WMAW conference, mostly fencing bouts in various styles (military saber, two-handed sword, rapier, etc.)

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