3rd Annual Medieval Swordsmanship Symposium & Pas d'Armes
Sponsored by the Schola St. George, Chivalry Bookshelf, Adrian Empire & Revival Clothing
June 6th - 8th 2003

Benicia, California
(just outside the Bay Area)

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Schedule of Events

 

 

REVISED MAP & LOCATION: We've moved from the Camel Barn to the Clocktower--1189 Washington Street, Benicia, CA. Get a Yahoo! map here.

"Greetings unto one and all! Given the superb support and anxiousness that has overwhelmed us since last year's Swordsmanship Symposium, the Schola Saint George will once again host an International gathering of swordsmen, masters-at-arms and instructors representing the spectrum of what is today the diversity of European historical martial arts. But this year, we will also explore some of the finest traditions of the East; that swordsmen of each tradition might have the opportunity to observe and study the two side by side. We will also host several key presenters in the Theatrical community, who will present lectures on how to apply historical principles to stage combat.

"Our venue is changing. Given that last year we had 168 people attend, we outgrew our space. Therefore, we are more than pleased to announce that our 2003 site is not only larger, but has space for two very large classrooms, each of which has a wooden floor superb acoustics. Merchants will be located on the lower level, so that all might shop without disturbing classes. We will also have a third classroom, this one "on the green" for the smaller classes.

Meet the authors who are creating Chivalry Bookshelf titles. Test your skills in the medieval Pas d'Armes or in the Renaissance Prize Playing. Share your thoughts and experiences at our Saturday night medieval feast."

Note that this is not a reenactment event; this symposium is unaffiliated with any society and the opinions and techniques demonstrated may have limited application within the context of other forms of combat. During the Pas d'Armes, Medieval Dinner and Fencing Tournament, appropriate clothing is to be encouraged but not required. Combat standards for the tournaments will be published separately.


 

Here are the confirmed event highlights--more are being added every day--the Schedule is still being finalized so check back often.


The Site: This year we have outgrown our old site in Livermore, so we're MOVING TO BENICIA. The new site is the "Clocktower," part of a complex of picturesque buildings located 37 miles North-East of San Francisco, 59 Miles West of Sacramento. .

 

The "Clocktower" 2060 Camel Road, Benicia, CA 94590: . Click here for the appropriate Mapquest link.

 

Registration: Registration begins at 8:15am and will remain open throughout the day. This event is not intended to turn a profit, but we do hope to help with travel expenses for the instructors and must cover the site and insurance. Registration is $135. Registrations admit attendees to attend any paper, practice session or to participate in either tournament, pending acceptance by the tournament's marshals. It also includes a copy of the event's proceedings (with notes for all sections), breakfast on Friday and Saturday, and lunch all three days. Register now to secure your place in classes you want--class space is limited!(VISA/MC accepted). You can also send a check or money order to us at the address below. All attendees must sign a waiver and must thus be 18 years or older or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Day-pass registrations will be available at the door at a price of $60 per day or you can Register now to ensure your space in the classes of your choice!

Meals: Although a light breakfast of pastries, juice and coffee will be available at no charge on Friday and Saturday, and sandwich lunches available all three days, there are many interesting restaurants within a short driving distance of the event. Click here for a listing. Dinner will be the responsibility of the attendees, although we are contemplating an on-site BBQ on Friday, if people are interested.

Saturday Night Dinner: We will be serving a medieval-style dinner on Saturday night, during which we anticipate an open forum discussion on chivalry, the tournament and the medieval martial arts. Tickets for this dinner are $15.00; there is a limit of 70 spaces. Remaining tickets the day of the event will be $23.00. This dinner will also serve as the "close" for the pas d'armes, during which specific deeds worthy or renown are generally discussed.

Lodging: Several hotels are located close to the site, within reasonable walking distance. Click here to see a list of local hotels.

We have negotiated a discount rate at the closest hotel, the Best Western Heritage Inn, located just .9 miles from the site.

  Best Western Heritage Inn
1955 E 2nd St
Benicia, CA , CA 94550
1-707-746-0401   tel.

Transportation: The closest airport is Oakland International, but inexpensive flights might also be obtained for San Francisco International (SFO) or San Jose International (be sure you select the one in California...). Transport to Benicia is easily handled by shuttle or rental car.

Vendors: Space has been allotted to allow vendors to sell products of interest to Medieval or Renaissance martial artists. Vendors will be provided with a 2' x 8' table; a vendor reservation includes one full conference entry and 1/4 page advertisement in the event's Proceedings. Vendors must sign up in advance; send email to us at mailto:chronique_editor@yahoo.com if you are interested in selling.

Vendors  | Schedule of Events | Registration | Overview

Pas d'Armes  | Armour & Weapon Standards (coming soon!)
Fencing Tournament Rules (coming soon!)
Vespers Tournament Rules

Schola St. George
Brian R. Price
4226 Cambridge Way
Union City, CA 94587
510.471.2944 h



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