Seminar in the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Science of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens for the students specializing in fencing, titled “The evolution of sword practices in the West and East”
On Friday, 13/05/2016, a sword fighting seminar titled “The evolution of sword practices in the West and East” was conducted after an invitation from the Associate Professor and Technical Consultant of the Hellenic Fencing Federation, Mr. C. Tsolakis.
The lecturers were Fencing Coaches Mr. G. Georgas and Mr. C. Papageorgiou on Historic European Martial Arts and world champion of Kendo Ms. A. Akila for the Japanese Martial Art of Kendo.
The students attended sword fighting techniques that were used in the Byzantine Empire and in central Europe up to the 15th century, as recorded by the German fencing master and traveler Martin Syber. The differences between the systems of Johannes Lichtenauer and Fiore dei Liberi were pointed out. The students also attended dueling tactics and the differences necessary in a fight between numerous combatants, and were shown fighting techniques of the French school of fencing with small sword.
In the second part of the seminar, the students were shown Japanese sword fighting techniques of the martial art of Kendo.
In the end, the differences and similarities between the martial arts of the West and East were pointed out.
The organizers were:
The Academy of Historical European Martial Arts ‘Leontes’
The Athens Kendo club
The Association of Historical Studies ‘Koryvantes’
The Freifechter Guild – Hellas
The Hellenic Armors
With the sponsorship of the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Science of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the Hellenic Fencing Federation.