Boston Sword Gathering
currently hosted by Schola Saint George Metro Boston
Sunday, Feb. 21st, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., $10 with RSVP to ssgforum@comcast.net
57 Stanley Ave, Watertown MA (directions below)

The BSG is an ongoing series of events where sword (and other weapon) practitioners gather every few months in the Greater Boston area to cross blades, share training ideas, and enjoy the camaraderie that comes from enjoying the pursuit of swordplay and the Western martial arts (WMA). If you are interested in seeing practical swordplay in action, please come check us out!

Schedule:
11 to 12    Free play
12 to   1    Workshop:  One-handed sword of Fiore dei Liberi, c.1410
  1 to   2    Free play
  2 to   3    Workshop:  One-handed sword of George Silver, c. 1600
  3 to   4    Free play
  4 to   5    Tourney development

Event descriptions

Free play
These are open periods where the floor is open for participants to cross blades with anyone they can convince!  Rules to be agreed upon by opponents, though all participants are expected to hold control and safety as the highest priorities.

Workshop:  One-handed sword of Fiore dei Liberi, c.1410
Take that second hand off your sword!  Almost exactly 600 years after Fiore’s only dated work, this workshop will look at some techniques of the Spada a Una Mano and give participants a chance to try them out in an instructive environment and possibly the tournament as well.  

Workshop:  One-handed sword of George Silver, c.1600
Drawing from Silver’s Brief Instructions, this workshop will illustrate some theories and techniques of Silver’s backsword, and how they can apply to analyzing and optimizing techniques in other traditions.  Theory will again be followed by general training scenarios to allow participants to try these out in a controlled environment, and if all goes well, try them out in the tournament.  Although a basket-hilted sword is recommended (e.g. SCA rattan), any one-handed simulator will do.

Tourney development
Here’s where participants get to simultaneously practice swordplay while contributing to the development of practical competitive WMA!  This is an ongoing effort to test and vet various tourney rules to see what works well and what needs improvement.  Details on specific rules will be provided at the event, though questions are welcome at jeff@fortewordplay.com .  Basic equipment guidelines can be found below.

Equipment
Required:
Protective gear:  head protection (e.g. fencing mask), hand protection (e.g. LAX gloves), groin protection for men
Weapons:  modified shinai, steel federschwert
Recommended:
Protective gear:  back of head protection, arm/forearm/elbow protection, knee protection, mouth guard (if you wish to grapple)
Weapons: anything else you’d like to play with -- please send questions/requests to ssgforum@comcast.net

Directions:
The venue for the event is at 57 Stanley Ave., Watertown, MA -- look for a big red school and come around to the right hand side.  Click here for direct directions off I-95.  
(Google Maps has now been corrected to show that you can only reach Stanley Ave from Waltham St, not Pleasant St--watch out if you’re working from older maps!)