Kelley Costigan

Kelley has trained with swords for the last 7 years, starting with stage & screen combat and moving towards HEMA during the last 3 1/2 years. She is a founding member of the Birmingham HEMA Club where she trains in Fiore’s Longsword techniques. Her other interests include Italian Rapier, Rapier & Dagger, Dagger, Smallsword (basically anything with a blade).

Kelley is an actress, modern fencing epeeist, and pirate, as well as a pole dancer and aerial silk artist. She has wanted to be a badass with a sword ever since she saw Robin Hood with Errol Flynn and ever since The Princess Bride, she was convinced she could be. Join Kelley’s beginners and advanced dagger classes for some Fiore fun!

Workshop: “Basic Fiore Dagger (Or, Don’t Run with Knives): Introduction to Fiore dei Liberi’s Dagger Section of Il Fior di Battaglia”.

After a basic introduction to the weapon itself, we will look at the basic fighting positions, grips, and lines of attack. We will then look at the First Remedy Master followed by some basic drills.

Workshop kit requirements: Rondel daggers, fencing masks, chest protectors – some spares will be available.

Workshop: “Advanced Dagger: Low Blows with Fiore dei Liberi’s Dagger Section of Il Fior di Battaglia.”

After a basic recap of the weapon itself, basic fighting positions, grips, and lines of attack, we will then look at the Eighth & Ninth Masters followed by some basic drills.

Workshop kit requirements: Rondel daggers, fencing masks, chest protectors – some spares will be available.