Jersey Village High School
Sword Workshop 2008
February 20, 2008 the ARMA North Siders were invited
back for the 4th year to do a beginning sword workshop for
125 future fight choreographers. ARMA Representatives included
Kyle Cook, Sydney Yarbrough, Stacy Clifford, Eric Wagner and
The workshops morning session started at 8:00 am with
Kyle and Sydney, Wes and Eric, and Stacy each taking a group.
The first group were shown Basic Foot Work, Primary Guards,
and Basic Cuts for longsword. Wes and Eric's group worked
on dagger fighting techniques. Stacy took the third group
and showed Short Sword Guards, Cuts and Foot work. After the
morning session, class broke for lunch.
Returning from lunch, the ARMA members demonstrated the proper
uses of the Guards and Cuts in Free Play Sparring. Sparring
was done with Long Sword, Short Sword, Sword & Buckler,
Sword & Dagger, and the Messer. Kyle Cook and Sydney Yarbrough
explained to the students what they were seeing during sparring.
The afternoon session continued with each of the groups learning
more cuts and guards. They were also shown some cut/counter
cut drills. The afternoon session concluded with students
demonstrating what they had learned. Pairing up into groups
of two or four, the students demonstrated choreographs of
their own short fight scenes. The day ended with a group picture.