Anouk Post started doing H.E.M.A at the end of 2012. Like most she started at a club doing longsword, but that all changed when she held a sabre for the first time in 2015. Heavenly music came down from the sky, light radiated from the beautifully curved blade with elegant guard, and longsword was a thing of the past.
Well, perhaps it wasn’t that dramatic, but her interest skyrocketed the moment she first read ‘the Art of Defence on Foot’ by C. Roworth and and an ankle injury that forced her to take it easy with longsword didn’t help either. Soon though she owned more sabres than longswords.
Enthused by the simple yet thorough description originating from Great Britain during the Napleonic era, she realised it was the perfect treatise for people who had never held a sabre before. It wasn’t long before she gave her first sabre introduction workshop, and has spread the sabre virus both nationally and internationally ever since.
Anouk has successfully competed in several competitions and has given workshops at several events such as HEMAC Dijon, By the Sword ILHG, and Swiss Blades. She is one of the founding members of the Dutch Sparring Group, and likes to organise workshops about HEMA weaponry that isn’t that common in the Netherlands.
As an instructor at HSSV Ludolph van Ceulen in Leiden, she occasionally teaches at several H.E.M.A. clubs in the Netherlands, and when not teaching she spends her time systematically lifting and putting down heavy barbells in her local crossfit gym.
The Perfect crashcourse on British Military Sabre – beginners class
By Anouk Post
This workshop is perfect for people who have gazed longingly at beautifully curved sabres with their stylish guard, but didn’t know where to start. In this workshop we will fly through the basics of Roworth’s military sabre, so that at the end you will know enough to be able to spar without looking like somebody who thinks dussack and sabres are the same thing.
‘The Art of Defence’ was first published in 1796 by C. Roworth, a printer who served as a volunteer in the British Army at a time when the threat seemed real that Napoleon would invade Great-Britain. Although he never saw any real action it was obvious he was a fencing enthusiast. And what luck that Henry Angelo, son of the Angelo who started a fencing school in London, served in the same regiment! It is easy to fantasize how these two friends discussed fencing and training, much like we do now. The result was that Roworth ended up creating a perfect treatise for soldiers with little to no fencing experience, who would benefit from a clear, simple, yet effective system which they could learn in a short amount of time.
During this workshop we will discuss the various guards, cuts and thrusts as described in the Art of Defence. We will exercise British footwork, and perfect our lunges. Little to no gear is needed. A fencing mask, light gloves and groin protector will be sufficient. Ten synthetic sabres will be available for use, although onehanded weapons such as messers and singlesticks will suffice as well. Dussacks; only if you really have no other option. Ugh.
– Nylon or steel sabre
– Fencing mask
– Light gloves will be sufficient
Advanced Workshop ‘Of following the blade.’
or: What to do if someone stabs you.
This workshop is a continuation of where the crashcourse of British military sabre ended. In this workshop we will take a look at thrusts as described by Roworth in the Art of Defence, and parrying your opponent’s blade in seconde, with the prime parade and the half circle parade.
Although often is said that military sabre is linear and you never use the left hand, in this workshop we will use the left hand in the most fancy moves as described by Roworth.
Knowledge of thrusting will come in handy, but if you have done the crash course first, you will be able to do this workshop just fine.
Gear requirements; mask, throat protector, chest protector, light gloves are recommended. Jackets optional.
Weapons: broadsword, sabre, spadroon.