As our community is still faced with the reality of Covid-19, The Forge has adapted our training to accommodate safe distancing measures. Therefore, we are only providing individual training in an outdoor, group setting, which means no sparring and no partner drills and always remaining at least two longsword-lengths away from each other! We have had two great sessions already, held outside on the field adjacent to the Highland Park Community Hall. We practice sword cuts, guards, footwork and body mechanics with Mark instructing at the front. Pellwork and more may be added as we progress through the summer. At this point, we can only accommodate people ages 18+ as a further safety measure, but we welcome anyone, no matter your experience or abilities, to bring a training weapon of your choice and join us every Thursday at 7-8:30pm to build your sword skills with us! If you don’t have a training weapon, please contact the club if you’re interested to join and some members may be able to lend a spare. As we are a non-profit group, there is NO FEE to participate as we have no rental costs at this time to cover. Whether you’ve trained with the Forge before, or not, now is an excellent time to get into the swing of things.
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We will restart routine group training outdoors, as the city’s re-opening allows us to. We are setting the first date for June 20th and then June 25th, but depending on how events unfold, the date may change to earlier or later. Training will last 1.5 hours long. There will be modifications to our typical training routines, so that we can maintain safe social-distancing standards within the group.
There will be no partner drills or sparring. Training will centre around individual development with leader instruction. Training can involve physical conditioning, footwork, pell work, guard transitions, “staying alive” through 1000 cuts, and more!
For more details and for the best updates on this event, follow the event page on Facebook. Stay tuned!
Due to the ongoing pandemic, the board has decided to cancel our annual HEMA tournament, Anvil, which was scheduled in June. These have been sad, slow days during the lockdown and there are many of us who miss our weekly training classes. We also missed being a part of Calgary’s Comic Expo and our first Judging and Coaching Workshop in April, as well as Sabreforce’s May the Fourth lightsword tourney. As Calgary’s lockdown loosens over the coming months, we will have to wait and see if we can safely commence training over the summer. Members may remain active by their own motivations as we train separately. The club is still open online through social media channels, so reach out to The Forge or its members if you want! We are all in this together. Stay safe and healthy.
As expected, there will be no training at The Forge in April, until further notice. We encourage everyone to keep training towards personal goals at home and if you can, follow the club on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for more frequent updates, where we regularly post throwback shots or videos. Also, keep an eye on this website for further updates. Don’t be shy to reach out to the club anytime about any concerns, or training advice. Stay safe, healthy and strong, everyone!
Click the Blizzard Brawl link in the menu above to see pictures and who medalled at our first dussack tournament. It was a great and long day, full of brawls and fun was had by all! Next up: We are leading a judging/coaching workshop April 11th, to prepare for the main event of the year, Anvil, happening June 13th! More details on the Anvil page!
It was a good start to the week with Sport Calgary attendees joining in at Sabreforce this past Sunday. We’re likely to see more new faces throughout the week; we’ve had so much interest that Patches will be leading a basic-longsword class on Saturday, Jan. 25th, the morning of Blizzard Brawl! It’ll be a long day for Patches, who is spearheading The Forge’s first dussack tournament. Click “Blizzard Brawl” in menu above for more details about it! There is still space for fighters, we are especially encouraging novice fighters! We also encourage spectators! There will be snacks.
Photo Courtesy Sport Calgary/Facebook
While we are missing too many of our new and old members in this group shot from last Thursday’s class, we are glad to be seeing a growing diversity of fighters in our group, over this past year especially… And at Sabreforce, they are always making merry! As you “ringen” in the New Year, remember, Blizzard Brawl is coming! Here’s to more good fights when classes start up again January 7th 2020!
October’s Sabreforce class is this upcoming Sunday! Jimmy is gone inking people like a spicy squid head at a tattoo con, so Tim’s the one to try to beat! … Later this month, you may want to consider staying safe inside the Forge; the Halloweenies are out and streets can get scary, for real. On Oct. 29 learn how to increase your survival, if you should find yourself in the worst kind of horror nightmare. Then, HEMA class on Halloween night! Boo yea! … Only about three months away, think about joining in the dussack tournament, Blizzard Brawl, happening January 25, 2020! Link to details and early registration can be found through the link in the top menu … Always, the more the merrier!
This past summer at the Forge, we were delighted to see a steady increase and larger attendance than ever noted before during summer classes. On the good weather days, we made use of the field outside our training hall, as it can get dangerous inside with 20+ people swinging longswords. Always we are happy when new people stick around and show keen interest in developing their training, as it only makes our little club stronger! As the season changes once again, we look forward to seeing how the club and its members develop.