Cool Things With Sharp and Dangerous Objects
2nd – 4th September 2016 Monks Kirby, Warwickshire
Do you like sword fighting, knife throwing, cracking whips, archery, or playing with rope darts, spears or axes? That’s the kind of thing we like too!
At Swordpunk you’ll pick up new skills and work on the ones you already have before putting them to the test in the infamous Fire Circle. What’s more, you’ll be surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscape you’ve ever seen.
What is Swordpunk?
Swordpunk is an alternative weekend of combat skills. This isn’t about hierarchy, getting belts or being graded. It’s about teaching you skills such as sword fighting, knife throwing, rope dart, whip cracking, archery and spear fighting. It’s about sitting down to eat together, swimming in lakes and sitting around a fire with people you’ll want to make friends with and stay friends with for a long time after the event.
Swordpunk is not about being excluded because you don’t have this or that skill. Swordpunk is about finding ways to teach you skills you want to learn – whether you’ve never picked up a weapon in your life, you’re a performer who wants to learn to crack a whip, a re-enactor who’s never fought with fire swords or a martial artist who needs to polish up on your Winden am Schwert.
Swordpunk is our attempt to teach and share real skills – with the added bonus of making us feel like adventurers.
We have a very wide range of workshops running over the weekend, but there is always the freedom to wander off and spend time practising skills at your own pace – or just to wander off and explore the grounds of the estate! Go for a swim in the lake or a stroll through the sculpture park.
THE CIRCUS ARTIST
We’re working hard to bring you a wide range of workshops and training sessions, from sword fighting to armoured combat demonstrations.
To give you a flavour of what to expect, the schedule from Swordpunk III in May 2016 looked a little something like this:
Session 1: Sword Fighting, Whip Cracking, Spear fighting, Archery, Knife throwing
Session 2: Sword Fighting, Rope Dart, Spear fighting, Archery, Axe throwing
Session 3: Bow Duelling, Whip Cracking, Spear fighting, Archery, Knife throwing
Session 4: Spear throwing, Rope Dart, Spear fighting, Archery, Axe throwing
Evening: Fire Circle and Fire Performances, Drumming, Swashbuckling, Feasting & Merry Making
Session 1: Open training with instructors on hand for one to one training
Session 2: Test Cutting (cutting targets with live swords), Armoured Combat Demonstrations
The Knightly Art of the Longsword, Knife and Tomahawk Throwing, Atlatl, Archery, Spear Fighting, Rope Dart, Whip Cracking
Afternoon: Free training, A chance for more 1 to 1 training with instructors, Archery Battles, Games and More Feasting Leading Up to the After Party