Schedule

Thurs Academie Duello
6:00pm – 9:30pm Registration/Orientation/Rental Table
Meet & Greet starts at 6:00pm


Friday Track 1 Track 2 Track 3 Track 4 Track 5 Lecture Room
8:00am – 8:45am Registration (8:00 – 9:30) Rentals Table (8:00 – 9:30)
8:45am – 9:00am Opening Ceremony
9:00am – 12:00pm

Spanish Destreza Intensive Day 1

Puck Curtis & Eric Meyers

Italian Renaissance Martial Arts Intensive Day 1

Dori Coblenz

German Longsword Intensive Day 1

Keith Farrell

Persian Martial Arts Intensive Day 1

Manouchehr M. Khorasani

Sikh Gatka Intensive Day 1

Jagjit Singh Nijjar

12:00pm – 1:30pm Lunch Service (12:15 – 1:15pm)
1:30pm – 3:00pm

Duck and Cover: Voids with the Rapier

Marli Vlok & Adrian Jones

An Alchemy of Character in the Martial Arts Part 1

Mike Panian

Bagua Zhang Tactics and Body Methods

Maija Soderholm

A Perfectly Self-Contained System: Joachim Meyer’s Dagger

James Reilly

Presence in a Fight

Diana Matthess

3:15pm – 6:15pm

Chinese Martial Arts Intensive Day 1

Kelly Maclean

Cuentada: The Art of Pre-Emptive Countering (Filipino Martial Arts Intensive) Day 1

Mark Mikita

Japanese Katana Intensive Day 1

Braun McAsh

Bolognese Martial Arts Intensive Day 1

Devon Boorman

English Martial Arts Intensive Day 1

Stephen Hand

6:15pm – 7:00pm Dinner Break / Equipment Storage
7:00pm – 10:00pm VISS 2020 Martial Arts Share and Open Sparring

Hsing-I An Shen Pao

Maija Soderholm

(7:30-9:30)

I Don’t Mean to Disarm You- Wait Yes I Do!

Kimberleigh Roseblade
(7:30-9:30)

Getting Past the Point: Rapier for the Vertically Challenged

Jennifer Landels

(7:30-9:30)

 


Saturday Track 1 Track 2 Track 3 Track 4 Track 5 Lecture Room
8:00am – 9:00am Rentals Table
9:00am – 12:00pm

Spanish Destreza Intensive Day 2

Puck Curtis & Eric Myers

Italian Renaissance Martial Arts Day 2

Dori Coblenz

German Longsword Intensive Day 2

Keith Farrell

Persian Martial Arts Intensive Day 2

Manouchehr M. Khorasani

Sikh Gatka Martial Arts Day 2

Jagjit Singh Nijjar

12:00pm – 1:30pm Lunch Service (12:00 – 1:15pm)
1:30pm – 3:00pm

Fiore’s Furious Five: an Introduction to Abrazare

Kimberleigh Roseblade

Double Sword of Ancient Siam (Krabi Krabong)

Loki Jorgensen

Bahala Na! The Battle Cry of the Giron System of Filipino Martial Arts

Brent Matsuda

Positioning to Expand or Reduce Offensive/Defensive Options

Mark Hollingshead

Raising the Barre: Ballet Crosstraining for Swordfighters

Jennifer Landels

3:15pm – 6:15pm

Chinese Martial Arts Intensive Day 2

Kelly Maclean

Cuentada: The Art of Pre-Emptive Countering (Filipino Martial Arts) Day 2

Mark Mikita

Japanese Katana Intensive Day 2

Braun McAsh

Bolognese Martial Arts Intensive Day 2

Devon Boorman

English Martial Arts Intensive Day 2

Stephen Hand

 

Saturday Gala Academie Duello
8:00pm – 2:00am VISS 2020 Gala!

 


Sunday Track 1 Track 2 Track 3 Track 4 Track 5 Lecture Room
8:00am – 9:00am Rentals Table (7:45 – 8:45)
9:00am – 12:00pm

Visayan Style Eskrima – Swordplay and the Art of Deception

Maija Soderholm

Germany meets Japan: Unpacking the Longsword vs Katana Cliche

Japanese Katana & German Longsword Day 3

Keith Farrell & Braun McAsh

Cutting With Medieval Swords

Brittany Reeves

Italy meets the Philippines: Time and Motion from the Mediterranean to the Pacific

Italian & Filipino Martial Arts Day 3

Dori Coblentz & Mark Mikita

Meyer’s Four Fencers

James Reilly

12:00pm – 1:30pm

Gatka Demonstration

(1:00pm – 1:15pm)

Lunch Service (12:00 – 1:15pm)
1:30pm – 3:00pm

Audatia & The Dagger

Kimberleigh Roseblade

An Alchemy of Character in the Martial Arts Part 2

Mike Panian

Meyer’s Schlüssel and Wechselhut

Diana Matthess

New World Sabre in the Destreza Tradition

Matthew Howden

 

 

Philipines & Spain: Martial Infuences (Lecture)

Maija Soderholm, Puck Curtis, Eric Meyers & Mark Mikita

3:15pm – 6:15pm

Spain meets China: Duelling Weapons of Two Continents

Spanish & Chinese Martial Arts Day 3

Puck Curtis, Eric Myers & Kelly Maclean

Self Defense for the Untrained: How to Incorporate Traditional Martial Arts Into Modern Application

Tricia Dong & Brent Matsuda

Italy meets Iran: Weapons of the Epic Heroes

Persian & Bolognese Martial Arts Day 3

Devon Boorman & Manouchehr Khorasani

England meets Sikh Martial Arts: Sword & Buckler Weapons of the Street and War

Sikh & English Martial Arts Day 3

Stephen Hand & Jagjit Singh Niijar

German Longsword: the Extended Fight

Mark Hollingshead

6:15pm – 6:30pm Closing Ceremonies
7:00pm – 9:00pm VISS 2020 Martial Arts Share and Open Sparring

 


Multi-day Intensives

 

Bologna Meets Iran: Weapons of the Epic Heroes

Instructor(s): Devon Boorman, Dr. Manouchehr Khorasani | Timeslot(s): , , , ,

Primary Disciplines: Partisan, Neyze (Persian cutting spear), Sidesword, Shamshir, Buckler This track joins the scholastic tradition of Northern Italy, that sought to connect its martial art with the classical Greek epics, with the war arts of Iran, brought to life from historical texts and the tales of Persian heroes. Students will delve into the philosophy […]

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England Meets the Punjab: Sword & Buckler, Weapons of the Street and War

Instructor(s): Stephen Hand, Jagjit Singh Nijjar | Timeslot(s): , , , ,

Primary Disciplines: Broadsword, Sword and Buckler, Dhaal – Kirpan (Sword & Buckler) Comparing the Renaissance British fighting of George Silver with the Sikh martial art of war first taught by Maharaja Ranjit Singh in the 18th century. Students will get a chance to contrast the upright and practical system of broadsword and sword and buckler […]

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Germany Meets Japan: Unpacking the Longsword vs Katana Cliche

Instructor(s): Braun McAsh, Keith Farrell | Timeslot(s): , , , ,

Primary Disciplines: Longsword, Katana With a primary focus on the two-handed longsword and katana this track will explore the fundamental similarities and differences in posture, movement, tactics, and strategy between the medieval German school of Johannes Leichtenauer and the school of Edo period Master Miyomoto Musashi. Japanese Katana Intensive Our two session intensive on the […]

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Italy Meets the Philippines: Time and Motion from the Mediterranean to the Pacific

Instructor(s): Dori Coblentz, Mark Mikita | Timeslot(s): , , , ,

Primary Disciplines: Rapier, Rapier & Dagger, Sabre, Stick, Knife Two sophisticated systems of time and counter-time will come together to explore the ideal moments to strike, disarm, and counter, and how to develop the skills to do so. Students will explore the concepts of opportunity and rhythm through the classical Italian school applied through rapier, […]

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Self Defense for the Untrained: How to Incorporate Traditional Martial Arts Into Modern Application

Instructor(s): Brent Matsuda, Tricia Dong

Most martial arts instructors eventually find themselves teaching self defense to untrained civilians. This often requires adapting traditional techniques and teachings into readily learned, simplified movements with minimal to no repetition and practice. Many crash-course workshops emphasize gross motor movement and/or concepts to facilitate rapid learning instead of ingraining muscle memory. Using techniques derived from traditional […]

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Spain Meets China: Duelling Weapons of Two Continents

Instructor(s): Puck Curtis, Eric Myers, Kelly Maclean | Timeslot(s): , , , ,

Primary Disciplines: Rapier, Chinese Straight sword, Empty Hand Exploring the use of the duelling rapier within the Spanish Destreza tradition and the use of the Chinese Taiji single handed straight sword and unarmed push hands, students will explore how these two different traditions manipulate time, distance, pressure, and opportunity. Spanish Rapier Intensive “The true destreza […]

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Single Workshops

 

A Perfectly Self-Contained System: The Basic Tactical Framework of Joachim Meyer’s Dagger

Instructor(s): James Reilly | Timeslot(s):

This class will explore the basic principles of Joachim Meyer’s dagger combat. In renaissance Europe, ritual violence was manifest in a variety of ways. Among the least formal, dagger attacks, either in the streets or at public houses were not altogether uncommon. Distinct from duelling or sporting bouts of fencing, the circumstances around them were […]

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An Alchemy of Character in the Martial Arts Parts 1 & 2

Instructor(s): Mike Panian | Timeslot(s): ,

Serious martial practice is a crucible for character development. Facing fear is a calcination–a burning off of that which does not matter. Facing yourself is a separation–an identification of what you truly are. Facing your fears and facing yourself are actually existential quests that lead to the natural development of character. In this two part […]

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Audatia & The Dagger

Instructor(s): Kimberleigh Roseblade | Timeslot(s):

When a dagger is in play Fiore says that you have no other choice but to be bold and you must go at it with everything you have. Like the ardent lion, you must be courageous (“I welcome all to meet me in battle.”) and it is here where we harness Audatia. You cannot be […]

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Bagua Zhang Tactics and Body Methods

Instructor(s): Maija Soderholm | Timeslot(s):

Bagua Zhang is one of the trinity of the so called Chinese Internal Arts, alongside Hsing-I and Tai Ji. Of the three, Bagua is said to have the most deceptive footwork and sophisticated understanding of tactics. It is also, in my opinion, the most beautiful. Though primarily known now as a throwing and striking art, […]

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Bahala Na! The Battle Cry of the Giron System of Filipino Martial Arts

Instructor(s): Brent Matsuda | Timeslot(s):

Bahala Na was the battle cry of the late Grandmaster Leo Giron as the 2nd Filipino Infantry Regiment of the US Army engaged Japanese soldiers during WWII. Founded upon his return from the battlefield, the Giron Arnis Escrima system is comprised of 20 styles incorporating sword (bolo), stick, knife and empty hand techniques. These different […]

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Cutting with Medieval Swords

Instructor(s): Brittany Reeves | Timeslot(s):

Students in this workshop will learn to safely handle sharp swords, and will learn basic and proficient cutting with single hand swords and longwords. Cutting will be done in the fashion of German sword art systems, though practitioners of all systems will benefit from the basic principles of cutting with a sharp sword. Students will […]

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Double Sword of Ancient Siam (Krabi Krabong)

Instructor(s): Loki Jörgenson | Timeslot(s):

Born of open-field combat from a period when Siam (Thailand) was routinely at war with Burma during the 16th to 19th centuries, Krabi Krabong is a traditional weapon art still practiced in Thailand. It features various weapons such as single and double sword, sword and shield, forearm shields/clubs, spear, staff, halberd, and sabre. Its brutal […]

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Duck and Cover: Voids in Rapier Fencing

Instructor(s): Marli Vlok, Adrian Jones | Timeslot(s):

Avoiding your opponent’s sword by moving your body offline can be risky, but if done right carries great reward. This 90 min class will explore the use of voids in rapier fencing, or simply put, getting past the point of the sword by dodging out of the way. Starting with mechanics, we will apply these […]

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Fiore’s Furious Five: an Introduction to Abrazare

Instructor(s): Kimberleigh Roseblade | Timeslot(s):

Abrazare is the foundation of Fiore’s art. Everything that comes after – from dagger, to longsword, to the poleaxe – all have their foundations in Abrazare. In this workshop we will look at the basic guards and footwork used in Fiore’s system and explore the first five plays of Abrazare. We will look at how […]

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German Longsword: The Extended Fight

Instructor(s): Mark Hollingshead | Timeslot(s):

This workshop on the German Longsword will be primarily focused on dominating the centre and closing lines with extended guards, using range management to keep the extended guard the appropriate choice, and using the little wheel to generate cuts with good body mechanics to avoid having to withdraw the sword. Specific plays from Meyer and […]

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Getting Past the Point: Rapier for the Vertically Challenged

Instructor(s): Jennifer Landels | Timeslot(s):

Building on last year’s ‘Teaching Every Body’, this workshop will focus on how to overcome the toughest challenge shorter fighters face: getting close enough to strike without being hit.  We’ll begin with strategies to succeed within the confines of Capo Ferro’s true fight, examine ways to make Fabris work in our favour, and then cherry-pick […]

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Hsing-I An Shen Pao: 2 Person Sword and Buckler Form

Instructor(s): Maija Soderholm | Timeslot(s):

Hsing-I Chuan is an ancient battlefield art designed for military weapon. It is primarily known for it’s effective power training. An Shen Pao is a two person form that focuses on structure, alignment, range control, and efficiency of movement at close distances. Originally designed for close quarters sword and buckler work. Equipment Requirements None […]

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I Don’t Mean to Disarm You – Wait Yes I Do!

Instructor(s): Kimberleigh Roseblade | Timeslot(s):

There is a very special feeling that every longsword fencer gets when they successfully disarm their opponent. In this workshop, students will look at the different disarms that are presented by Fiore in the Getty manuscript. Participants will get the chance to breakdown and look at the core motions and physics that allow each of […]

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Meyer’s Four Fencers: Organizing Meyer’s Four Types of Fencers by Their Relationship to the 5 Words and the Times of the Fight (Onset and War)

Instructor(s): James Reilly | Timeslot(s):

This class will describe and work through the basic elements of Joachim Meyer’s four types of fencers. In the conclusion of his rapier section of the Art or Combat, Joachim Meyer broadly describes four types of fencers. Each of these fencers can be thought of a approaching the fight with a particular mindset, and their […]

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Meyer’s Schlüssel and Wechselhut

Instructor(s): Diana Matthess | Timeslot(s):

For the duration of this workshop, we will be focusing on several Meyer guards, as der Schlüssel, die Wechselhut, die Schrankhut and pieces that emerge from them in a natural way. Attendees can learn pieces that are not commonly used in sparring/fighting and will be able to adapt them to various situations. Equipment Requirements Fencing […]

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New World Sabre In The Destreza Tradition

Instructor(s): Matthew Howden | Timeslot(s):

This hands-on workshop will introduce students to some of the fundamental concepts of Destreza for sabre as laid out by Simon de Frias in his 1809 work, the first treatise on fencing to be published in Mexico, and the earliest work to focus primarily on the Sabre within the context of La Verdadera Destreza. Particular […]

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Positioning to Expand or Reduce Offensive & Defensive Options

Instructor(s): Mark Hollingshead | Timeslot(s):

This workshop will be taking a close look at optimizing offensive options and engagements by manipulating not just range, but body position relative to opponent. You will also learn how to Minimize your opponent’s offensive options (and therefore the defensive decisions you have to make) based on range, angles and body position using the defensive […]

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Presence in a Fight

Instructor(s): Diana Matthess | Timeslot(s):

In this workshop, we will learn how to build up presence before entering the ring using different physical and psychological exercises and techniques. Attendees will learn a way to get in a confident and focused mindset for situations of confrontation for sparring and tournaments. Equipment Requirements Fencing Mask, Gorget, Longsword […]

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Raising the Barre: Ballet Cross-Training for Swordfighters

Instructor(s): Jennifer Landels | Timeslot(s):

Ballet requires strength, flexibility, and an iron-hard core — and yet the art of ballet makes extreme athleticism appear effortless. Learn how ballet training can help you move your feet with grace and precision, make your lunges deeper and more powerful, stabilize your core for wrestling, and prevent shoulder fatigue while swinging a sword. This […]

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Visayan Style Eskrima – Sword Play and the Art of Deception

Instructor(s): Maija Soderholm | Timeslot(s):

Visayan Style Corto Kadena and Larga Mano Eskrima comes from Cebu in the Philippines. It is the life work of the notoriously reclusive Maestro Sonny Umpad, a phenomenal swordsman who sadly passed away in 2006. Sonny believed that the personality of the sword would dictate the movement and the tactics of the play. He was […]

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VISS 2020 Martial Arts Share and Open Sparring

Instructor(s): | Timeslot(s): ,

Join the students and instructors of VISS for an open evening of relaxed sparring and interdisciplinary sharing. This is an opportunity to meet people from other schools, share what you learned during the day’s workshops, and partake in some exploration through sparring and exercise.   Sparring and Exercising Rules VISS brings together practitioners from many […]

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Lectures

 

Philippines and Spain – Martial Influences

Instructor(s): Maija Soderholm, Puck Curtis, Eric Myers, Mark Mikita | Timeslot(s):

In 1519 the Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan, led a Spanish expedition to circumnavigate the world.  On March 15, 1521 they found the Philippines and a clash of cultures and beliefs almost immediately followed resulting in bloodshed.  On the 27th of April the native people of the Philippines fought and repelled the Spanish in the Battle […]

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Thursday Night Meet & Greet

Join us on Thursday night at Academie Duello at 412 West Hastings between 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm to get registered, check out Academie Duello, and meet other practitioners. We’ll probably be going out to a local pub afterward too!

Friday & Sunday Open Sparring and Practice

Friday night and Sunday night will feature open floor time at our venue, the Richmond Oval.  You can use this time to get in some sparring and practice with fellow attendees from around the world! Sparring and practice with diverse disciplines is welcome. Marshals will be on hand to help monitor for safety and connect you with complimentary sparring partners.

All sparring at VISS is done in the spirit of mutual exchange with the goal of creating connection and developing ourselves and each other as martial artists.

Saturday Night Gala

VISS will again be featuring our famous Saturday Night Gala. Taking place at Academie Duello, this event features live music, sword fighting demonstrations, games, conversation, cocktails, canapes and more! Attendance to the Gala is included in the full weekend pass and can be also purchased separately at Registration. Stay tuned for more information!