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Project Name Status Name (Lead) Project Description
Armoured Combat Training Program Development in progress
President & Founder
The purpose of this project is to conduct research and study on armoured combat techniques and to develop a structured training program, skills development and conditioning focused on armoured fighting. David's efforts will ultimately create a stand-alone training program that will leverage the elements and attributes of the core training program. The approach to the deployment of this program will be similar to the programs under development in the areas of pollaxe and quarterstaff.
Core Training Program Development in progress
Vice President & Principle Instructor
Brian's multi-role activities in this project includes project management, contributor and editor. The development of the core training program is a continuation of the work initially started in the Book #1 project. This phase of the project now focuses on the development, validation and documentation of a complete stepwise and structured scholler's level of training.

The foundation for this level of training is based upon the works of Fiore dei Liberi's Flos Duellatorum as the principle source with Fillipo Vadi's De Arte Gladiatoria Dimicandi as a secondary source. The study, analysis and interpretation of the techniques described in these treatises form an orientation of training based on the Italian un-armoured longsword and which is comprised of three fighting styles: grappling (abrazare), dagger (daga) and longsword (spada longa). Contributors to this project includes a number of schollers within the academy.

Hergsell's 1889 Publication of Talhoffer's 1443 Fechtbüch in progress
AEMMA Scholler
Mathieu is working on translating into English, the French version of Hergsell's 1889 Publication of Talhoffer's 1443 Fechtbüch. Hergsell, a 19th-century Viennese fencing master, Hergsell found the original Talhoffer manuscript at the Ducal Library of Gotha (Ch. P.N. No. 558) and edited, translated, and self-published the manuscript initially in 1887 followed by later re-publications in 1901.
Sword & Shield Training Program Development in progress
Scholler
Kel is working on the analysis and re-construction of sword & shield techniques, basing much of the work on the Tower Fechtbüch I.33. The objective of this project is to develop a fully viable training program in this regard and to ultimately offer this as another curriculum to the general program offerings of AEMMA.
Le Jeu de la Hache, BIBLIOTHEQUE NATIONALE MS FR. 1996 in progress
AEMMA Scholler
Mathieu of the Ottawa Medieval Sword Guild or OMSG is working on translating into English, Le Jeu de la Hache (Bibliotheque Nationale, Manuscrit francais 1996), a fifteenth-century treatise on the technique of chivalric axe combat.

Completed Projects

Project Name Status Name (Lead) Project Description
Fiore dei Liberi's Flos Duellatorum
Fillipo Vadi's De Arte Gladiatoria Dimicandi
Completed - April 2003
Free Scholler
As part of the continuing research and development with respect to training, the interpretation of the techniques and weapons described in Fillipo Vadi's De Arte Gladiatoria Dimicandi and the rest of Liberi's works will form part of the future publication of Book #2 with respect to the AEMMA training program.

The study and training development as it pertains to Liberi (Getty's version) is included in this project because of the importance of Liberi, and the fact that the recruit level of training is based on Liberi's treatise. The study, analysis and interpretation of the techniques described will form the core of the Italian School of Fighting Arts and will be oriented towards scholler and above training. The study will include three fighting styles: grappling (abrazare), dagger (daga) and longsword (spada longa).

The Art of Longsword Combat - Book 1 Completed - June 26, 2001
President & Founder
A training guide developed to train the recruit student in the methods, principles and techniques of Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA), focusing primarily on three fighting styles, grappling (abrazare), dagger (daga) and longsword (spada longa). This work was originally created to form the basis of the recruit training program for the Academy and much of the material is based on Fiore dei Liberi's treatise. The book is freely available via download in a pdf file format. The file is approximately 7.2MB in size.
Note: Some example pages are available for viewing.
Rules and Structure of a Medieval Tournament Completed - July 2000
Vice President & Principle Instructor
In order to develop a formalized European medieval martial arts program, it is necessary to develop the philosophy and principles surrounding the rules and policies of tournament engagements. This project focused on developing a tournament platform which will be formed based on the principles employed during the medieval period, and enhanced to meet the requirements of safe and realistic, steel-weapons-based tournaments for the modern age. The result of this project is the online document entitled "Of the Undertaking of a Tournament". These rules were first employed at the 2nd Annual International Western Martial Arts Workshop held on October, 2000 in Toronto and the 3rd Annual International Western Martial Arts Workshop, October 2001 in NYC.

Terminated / On-hold Projects

Project Name Status Name (Lead) Project Description
Pollaxe Training Program Development terminated
Scholler
Working with of the The Exiles and of Schola Solis, and various pollaxe sources such as "Le Jeu de la Hache" by Dr.Sydney Anglo, Archaeologia, Vol. 109 (1991), Hans Talhoffer, 1467, Fechtbüch aus dem Jahre 1467, Hans Talhoffer, 1459, "Alte Armatur und Ringkunst and Fiore dei Liberi 1410, "Flos Duellatorum, Rob has created a pollaxe training program. Under the guidance and expertise of Rob Lovett, and , are working to bring and incorporate the pollaxe training program into AEMMA's curriculum.
Quarter-staff Training Program Development on hold
Scholler
Phil has taken on this project to develop a training program for quarter-staff. This project includes not only the training aspects, but the definition of appropriate training and tournament equipment requirements. Phil is in correspondence with Maister Terry Brown of The Company of Maisters in the UK, and Provost Frank Docherty of the New Albion, UK. The quarter-staff program will be included as part of the AEMMA's curriculum offering.
The Frankenstein Fechtbüch on hold
AEMMA Research Associate
This is a comparative analysis of several German fechtbücher to facilitate a facsimile reconstruction of fechtbüch based longsword instruction. The method recognises the strengths and weaknesses of individual fechtbücher and attempts to allow each book to cast light into the shadows of the others. Currently focusing on Meyer, Goliath/von Danzig, and Ringeck, and cross referenced to Talhoffer (1467) and Sutor, this analysis is accompanied by translations, most still in progress, of the longsword sections of the fechtbücher being studied. Parallel to this is a process of physical experimentation to test and verify the techniques uncovered by the fechtbüch study. This is not a short term study, but will likely go on for years. It is very much a work in progress.
This is called The Frankenstein Fechtbüch as it involves taking bits and pieces from here and there, stitching them together in a new body, and bringing it back to life with the aid of modern technology.


Translation Projects

Original Author Title of Historic Treatise/Fechtbüch Translator/Interpreter Date/Status
anonymous, c1280 I.33 in progress
Fiore dei Liberi, 1410 Flos Duellatorum (Getty's Version) in progress
Fiore dei Liberi, 1410 Flos Duellatorum (Pisani-Dossi) 1998 (Italian)
Sigmund Ringeck, c1440 Commentaries Feb 2002
Hans Talhoffer, 1467 Fechtbüch aus dem Jahre 1467 Sep 2000
Hans Talhoffer, 1467 Fechtbüch aus dem Jahre 1467 1999
anonymous, c1500 Goliath Grzegorz Zabinski, in progress
Achille Marozzo, 1536 Opera Nova 1999 (Italian)
René of Anjou, c1460 Traicté de la Forme et Devis d'ung Tournois Sep 1998
Fillipo Vadi, 1485 De Arte Gladiatoria Dimicandi in progress
Hans Lecküchner (aka Hans Lebkommer), 1558 Fechtbüch - die Ritterliche / Manniche Kunst... Alexander Kiermayer (German) 2000
Hans Lecküchner (aka Hans Lebkommer), 1558 Fechtbüch - die Ritterliche / Manniche Kunst... in progress
Joachim Meyer, 1570 Gründtliche Beschreibung der freyen Ritterlichen und Adelichen Kunst des Fechtens... in progress
Joachim Meyer, 1570 Gründtliche Beschreibung der freyen Ritterlichen und Adelichen Kunst des Fechtens... in progress
Joachim Meyer, 1570 Gründtliche Beschreibung der freyen Ritterlichen und Adelichen Kunst des Fechtens... Marlon Hoess-Boettger, Alexander Kiermaier, , Claus Drexler, Christoph Krahwinkel in progress (German)
Henri de Saint-Didier, 1573 Traicté contenant les secrets du premier livre sur l'éspée seule, mère de toutes les armes... Laura Angotti in progress
Ridolfo Capo Ferro, 1610 Dell 'Arte Edell 'Vso Della Scherma Completed, June 2004
Gerard Thibault d'Anvers, 1630 Academie de l'Espee John Michael Greer in progress
Gustav Hergsell, 1889 Talhoffers Fechtbüch (Gothaer Codex) aus dem Jahre 1443 in progress
Table last modified: July 11, 2004

Last modified: November 29, 2009
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