The Rossfechten Symposium
Reviving historical equestrian and martial traditions
1-4 August 2015
The Rossfechten Symposium is a four day event bringing together enthusiasts, researchers and instructors from around the world to reconstruct historical mounted martial arts traditions using original sources from Victorian cavalry saber to medieval mounted combat
But I'm not a Fencer?
There are few better places to get a crash course in Historical Fencing than the Rossfechten Symposium, we have put great effort in bringing in some of the leading experts in Historical European Martial Arts to the Symposium, with years of experience in bringing techniques from the page of a manuscript into the heads of their pupils, we'll be teaching you the basics quickly and efficiently with an eye towards preparing you for mounted combat. They will give you the tools to become a competent fencer in as little time as possible and share their experience with pedestrian elements of their system and give valuable insights into pedagogy, academics and technique to help reconstruct the as yet mostly unplumbed mounted side of Historical European Martial Arts.
But I'm not a rider?
In short if you don't ride yet, and you want to do mounted combat, this is the place for you! One of our great goals with the symposium is to give beginner riders or people interested in learning to ride in order to start mounted combat an affordable means to learn the basics from experienced teachers, gain confidence, learn pitfalls and how to avoid them and make contacts that will help in continuing learning the discipline. There will be workshops for beginners in the mornings and afternoon running parallel to the other mounted workshops concentrating on riding and horsemanship fundamentals with a focus on preparation for mounted combat.
But I can't bring my Horse
There are experienced horses on site that can be rented on site, but don't wait! There's only a limited number available and places are going fast. Even if you can't bring a horse or don't want to rent there's more than enough to do, with foot workshops, lectures, historic sights and lots of interesting like minded people to meet and talk to you'll never find yourself without something to do.