Here are a few photos from the Medieval messer seminar held on 6th December 2014 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!). Photos by Jacob Nyborg Andreassen.
Rolf is the founder of Combat Archaeology. He holds an MA degree in Maritime Archaeology from the University of Southampton and another MA degree in Prehistoric Archaeology from the University of Copenhagen. His studies have preeminently been on the subject of combat and conflict in the past, ranging from Mesolithic violence to organized state formation in the Renaissance. He holds the rank of sergeant in the Royal Danish Army and is enrolled as a cadet in the Royal Danish Military Academy, though currently on leave. In addition to this, Rolf holds the position of instructor and head instructor in the martial arts Wing Tsun and Weapons Combat Systems, respectively, and teaches classes and holds seminars on an international and national level.