Here are a few photos from the Medieval messer seminar held by our collaboration partner, Weapons Combat Systems (WCS). WCS is an effective martial arts system focusing on close quarter combat with and against weapons of all kinds. The system has been taught to doormen, police and military forces. The historical branch of WCS maintains not only the principles, ideology and intensity practiced in the other branches of the system that deal with more contemporary weapons, but, in spite of the historical setting, also the realistic standards. The priority is the effective use of body mechanics, NOT reenactment or the martial arts treatises from the Middle Ages or Renaissance (although these approaches are not always mutually exclusive!).
A few pictures from the Combat Archaeology event at the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde (20.06.2014). The event, “Viking Age Combat”, included a test-cutting demonstration, Viking and medieval combat training as well as a handling session with live blades from Albion Swords. The event was organized for archaeologists from University of Southampton and the staff of the Viking Ship Museum.