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The HDC 2018 Instructors

HEMA Diversity Camp 2018

9th and 10th of June 2018

Beverley, East Yorkshire, UK

A martial arts camp for the thinking martial artist

What is special about HDC?

The HDC will be a unique martial arts event where you will learn things that are rarely, if ever, taught anywhere else. The HDC brings together four very experienced instructors. Each has a long and very individual experience of martial training and teaching. Each has something to offer which you will be hard pressed to find anywhere else. Bring all four together for one camp and you have an event which will take your knowledge of martial arts to a whole new level.

What will happen at HDC?

The Law Enforcement Seminar

Do you watch crime shows? Do you think you are seeing anything like reality? Highly improbable. Do you want to know how modern day law enforcers actually go about their business? Allen Reed has over 30 years experience in law enforcement. Six years as a uniformed officer and nearly 25 years with the U S Marshals Service.

Allen will be giving a talk about his life and service as a Deputy US Marshal on Thursday the 7th of June in Beverley, details here.

At the HDC itself Allen will be teaching a workshop showing how a sidearm and baton is used to take control of a potentially violent situation. (Not real guns, just training versions). Cut through the TV fantasy and learn the reality from someone who has actually done it more times than he cares to remember.

Allen will also be teaching a workshop on the use of the tomahawk and knife. This seminar comes highly recommended too. Find out more about Allen here.

The World War Two Commando Dagger Seminar

The problem with HEMA is that we can only really guess how it was actually done. There is no one around to tell us what really worked and what did not. Fox Walters decided to study the Fairbairn–Sykes dagger as used in WW2. The manuals are readily available and Fox is qualified to interpret these resources thanks to his own training and experience. Fox also managed to find veterans who had been in the commandos in WW2. Men who had been there, done it and lived to tell the tale. The result is Fox's seminar on the commando dagger. There is a lot to learn and it is probably as authentic as HEMA gets.

Fox will also teach a session on longsword. If you are a beginner this will be a great introduction to this weapon. If you are an expert you will still learn something you don't already know. Find out more about Fox here.

The Science of Research, Experiment and Analysis Meets Sir William Hope

Milo Thurston is a scientist by trade and training. So, when it came to the study of Historical European Martial arts, Milo applied his skills in research, experimentation and analysis to the works of Sir William Hope and Renaud's self-defence text amongst other sources. Whether you are looking for an introduction to the small sword, or are already an experienced fencer, you will gain a lot from training with Milo.

You will also have the opportunity to learn from Milo's exploration of early 19th century Pugilism. Find out more about Milo here.

Back to Basics

Ivar Hafskjold, who first taught Stav outside of the Hafskjold family, has been quoted saying. 'There are no techniques in Stav, only principles.' The challenge then is to discover methods to share principles and enable their practice in a a training context. Graham Butcher has been a student of Stav for around twenty five years. Graham has made it his business to grasp these principles and develop effective ways of communicating these key concepts.

The principle of combining action, intention and movement can be taught using a staff. The five principles of Stav are the essential tactical responses to conflict situations. The five principles can be successfully shared in one seminar using five simple knife defence drills.

At HDC you will have the chance to train with the staff and five principles knife defence. The principles learned can then be applied to any martial training. Find out more about Graham and see some video here.

Find out the cost for this event and how to reserve your place on the Booking Page.

Find out how this event will be organised on the Programme Page.