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!
News and Events
Latest Events and News from The Forge
Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, The Forge has cancelled training classes until the end of March. We will determine at the end of the month if classes start up again in April. Stay healthy everyone and keep training at home!
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.
As always, we had a great time this past weekend at the Calgary Expo. At the Sabreforce booth, anyone could sign-up to challenge Jimmy to a sabre duel …and the Forge displayed HEMA demonstrations at the Coke Stage or Weadickville field every day, no matter the weather. We hope to see some new faces at our next Thursday class!
Registration is open for this year’s Anvil, happening Saturday, June 8, 2019. This event will be a little different from the past as we introduce a youth category in steel longsword! We hope to see the familiar batch of prairie-league fighters and are always excited to see new faces. Please click the below link for the registration, rules, gear requirements and such. Thank you!
Check back here frequently as forgewma.com undergoes some long-overdue updates! Much has happened within the club since our last post in October 2016. Please explore the site as we update and add new content, links, videos and MOAR! You’ll find in the meantime, frequent updates mostly on Facebook, not so much on Twitter (though that will also be changing). Also, definitely find and follow our members’ Instagram accounts for weekly swordings. MORE TO COME. Yes, moooaaar!