Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium 2019

Registration for the fifth Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium (VISS) is now open! The event, which takes place from April 5th to 7th, is a conference focused around intensive three-day programs with an aim to help people along the path of mastery in the many disciplines of Historical European Martial Arts. This year the theme is This […]

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Sociable Sword Press: News for April 2015

“It’s everyone from everywhere in one place.” –Bruno Ramos, Knight’s Blade HEMA Fresh from flying home from VISS at the end of last month, the statement above really resonated with my experiences with the Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium, and with my modest exposure to HEMA events internationally. Peers from all over the world fly across continents […]

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What’s at VISS for Mounted Combatants?

The Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium is coming up this weekend.  If you have any interest at all in western martial arts, whether as a current practice or from a historical point of view, this is an event you don’t want to miss!  Although there are no specific Mounted Combat workshops taking place at VISS, here’s a […]

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Special Guest Instructor: Bob Charrette

  March is underway which means that the Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium is almost upon us.  We have a  star-studded list of HEMA instructors and lecturers coming in from around the world.  One of the guests is particularly near and dear to my heart and that would be Bob Charrette.  Not only will Bob be offering […]

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Catch-up Sword Press

OK, I fibbed, We’re going to catch-up now. During the last VISS, there was some discussion amongst attendees about the number and variety of medieval/renaissance WMA/HEMA ‘salles’ that were being established of late.  It is a reality of a business that it exists to fill a niche … and that there is a market out […]

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Is VISS for beginners

Short answer: absolutely.  A few of our newer students who feel a little anxious about registering for the 2013 Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium(VISS). There are several reasons for this feeling and I’ll address some of them here.  “It’s kind of expensive”  This applies to beginners and “veterans” alike. And, actually it’s not. At a cost […]

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Happy 2013!

Good Morning and Happy New Year! (sorry, was that too loud?)   Since it is far too soon after last night’s indulgences to be practising cutting in a safe and responsible manner, I’ll eschew wrist, shoulder and elbow cuts for another week.  Instead, sit back in a comfy chair with the hangover remedy of your […]

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Getting Out of the Salle Sword Press

We so-o-o envy our European peers!  If their salles are closed for the holidays, they still have a multiple of choices as to where to go to maintain and expand their interests in things HEMA/WMA.  You kids go (sword)play in the backyard!   DAILY RECORD (Ellensburg, Washington) 28 December 12  Medieval swordplay group to offer […]

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