Done successfully on June 7, 2015 near the Monastery of Kaisariani in Kaisariani Forest, at the medieval church of St. Mark’s Fragkomonastirou, the Pammachon workshop of Historical European Martial Arts (H.E.M.A) on: The Byzantine Oplomachia at the Early Period.
The seminar done under the auspices of the Hellenic Federation of Pankration Sport (Sports branch Pammachon), with instructors: Mr. George E. George and Mr. Chris Giataganna, sponsored with equipment from the Association of Historical Studies Club ‘ Korybantes’, the Philokalia, the Hellenic Armors and Mr. Dimitrios Skourtelis historical researcher and manufacturer of Mêlée weapons. We thank the all for the sponsorship.
Explained the analysis of movement and footwork with the use of any ‘white gun’ regardless of the length and form.
Regular sparring against one or more opponents. Explained how was to fight in phalanx
using spathion, paramiriou, javeling and spear.
Training in the Byzantine phalanx of pace course, pace charge and the pushing pace. Training in scenarios of protection of VIP and supplies and also training in the use of phalanx against cavalry.
Also given great importance in the use of men at arms called psiloi, explained how they lined up in the battlefield, with which way they fought and also the use of archers.
The sources are from the imperial battle books, such as Maurikius and Leon the Wise and the Arrian and Ailianou and also from the ‘De Re Militari’ of Flavius Vegetius Renatus.
Highlighted similarities and differences with the hoplite phalanx of ancient Greeks, the Macedonian phalanx and the ancient Romans.
At the end of the seminar done a ‘battle’ between two groups of skoutatous and psilous, performing tactics.
At the seminar was attended by officers in active employment of the Hellenic Special Forces, Special Guards of the Hellenic Police and also coaches and athletes of the Olympic sports of Fencing and Tae kwon do, and the former Deputy Mayor of St. Paraskevi.