Wow! Where do I start? Well, here's my version:
Like I said above " Dixie Kreig 2010 was the best event I've been to post ARMA". We couldn't have fit another body into the venue. There were HEMAITES from Miami, Tampa, Orlando, Fort Myers, Tallahassee & Texas (that I know of) not including our illustrious President (Jake from MD). The guys from New Orleans couldn't make it and that was a shame because they tend to spice things up (N.O. Style) when they show up. I'm afraid that If the event keeps growing, we will be forced to find a much larger space to accommodate everyone.
Dixie Krieg started out with Jake Norwood addressing everyone on The HEMA Alliance and it's mission. He also gave us a fascinating report on the World Championships that he attended this Summer and what's going on in the European HEMA world. We had a huge turnout by the UCF Meyer Friefector Guild "Knight's Melee" led by Jon Wolfe and Mike Vaughn. That club is a HEMA machine. Saturday classes started with Kevin Maurer conducting a two hour class on Meyer polearms (which I didn't attend) and Jonathan Scott teaching "some of the best of" from the Wallerstien material. I walked away with some new and usable ideas on how to improve my game especially with regard to taking away an opponents sword in close quarters and utilizing pommel strikes. After that I attended Jay Vail’s class on the krumphau and scheilhau which were absolutely an eye opener for me. I think everyone who sparred in longsword that day gave his interpretation a try that day with many having good success. After that was Jake Norwood's "Comprehensive Sparring Clinic" for longsword. He had us snapping to attention and really learning some valuable lessons on sparring and devising drills to address whatever areas where we really needed help. Example: The tendency we all have of pausing the fight after we've been hit. We where given some solid drills on how eliminate that bad habit. The rest of the day was spent in free sparring. I got to spar with Jake for the first time and that was fun. I asked him afterward where I needed to improve and he looked at the blood on my arms and said "don't stick your arms out"
I'm glad he didn't overstate the problem.
That night we all went out for dinner and had a great time scaring the waitresses with sword stories. I got to sit across from Mike Vaughn and Ben Floyd from Tampa and we had a lot of good HEMA conversation. We want to plan a joint get together with Ben's Tampa Fightschule and UCF soon.
Day two we began the tournament. I will let Jake explain the rules. Kevin Maurer and Jonathan Scott fought fantastically. Other great fighters were Jon Wolf, Mike Vaughn, Curt Dunham, Ben Floyd and Nick Carr from Jonathan Scott's group. There we some other really good UCF guys that I didn't know the names of but if I did they would have been mentioned. Jayson May our Texas Freifechter although relatively new to sparring, jumped right in the fray. He's going to be hard to handle in a few years. The match got down to Jonathan Scott and myself. I had beaten a worn out Jonathan in our first match and he wasn't about to let me win again. We where heavily into our second match when I did something very stupid and gave Jonathan a one handed shot to the legs. Yep, he went down holding his knee and couldn't get up. I felt like crap for letting it happen. I should have paid more attention to hitting with the flat on that kind of shot. I was immediately ejected because of the rules but luckily Jonathan was able to return and we got to finish the match. Of course he landed a clean oberhau to my right shoulder which put him into the finals against Jon Wolf. In the final bout, Jonathan Scott chose to fight with dussacks and won the tournament on a double hit based on his lead in points. However, Jonathon Scott did not want to win that way and in his own classy move elected to end the match on a clean hit. The hall was electrified on the last point and Jonathan Scott finally prevailed to win the tournament using Dussacks. As his prize, Jonathan won a beautiful wood handled aluminum and brass Messer made by Kevin Maurer and everyone cheered.
After the tournament we had additional seminars in dagger by both Jonathan Scott and Jason Vail. Jake Norwood also gave another seminar on fighting from the bind and steel sparring. I can't comment on these because I only attended a short part of Jonathan's class be for we had to drive back to South Florida.
It was great event and left me recharged to go out and train harder so that I can improve.
Thanks to Jay Vail, Jonathon Scott, Mike Cartier, Kevin Maurer and Jake Norwood for making the event a huge success.
Lots of video to be posted soon I'm sure.
"edited for spelling and mistakes"