Recreational Violence FALL 2014

Discussion in 'Lounge' started by lklawson, Aug 11, 2014.

  1. lklawson

    lklawson Staff Member

    Trying to set up a "trial balloon" western martial arts seminar for this fall here in Dayton at S.W.O.R.D. It would be a one-day seminar to introduce the instructors to the area and get a feel for the local, what it has to offer, and what the drawbacks are. Basically, it would be a min-Recreational Violence Weekend here in Dayton.

    I know we'd be hampered by very short notice for potential attendees. But, on the other hand, we shouldn't be competing with other WMA/HEMA events.

    Dayton is a pretty good local for these sort of things, IMO. The NCAA keeps choosing Dayton, in part because the Airport is nice, easily accessible, and has interconnects to international routes, because there are reasonably priced hotels and B&B's, and because there are many restaurant venues within easy distance of downtown and at reasonable prices.

    Not sure of dates yet. Probably early September or early October. Not sure of prices yet, but almost certainly under the $50 mark. Not sure of instructors or classes but most of the former Recreational Violence instructors are on tap and classes could potentially range from Longsword and Meyer's Dusak, to Pugilism, Bowie, Irish stick, Slungshot, and Rapier.

    Might also try to get a Singlestick tournament or a Knife tournament.

    Watch this space for updates!

    Peace favor your sword,
    Kirk
     
  2. lklawson

    lklawson Staff Member

    Two salient points about the location.

    First, my friend Peggy Klein-Crabill, says that the building is the old Druid's Club. Spooky & cool already!

    Second, she says that there a story associated with it concerning a Murder-Suicide. I'm trying to talk her into coming to the event and telling the story over lunch. I have $5 on a lover's spat and that the site is TOTALLY HAUNTED!

    Peace favor your sword,
    Kirk
     
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2014

  3. lklawson

    lklawson Staff Member

    Date is confirmed for Saturday, October 4th, 2014 (yes, this October).

    Location: S.W.O.R.D. in Dayton

    Current instructor/class list (subject to change):
    Kirk Lawson (me): Grappling of Historic Pugilism.
    Ken Pfrenger: Dirty Boxing
    Randal Gustitis: [some Russian martial art]
    Tim Anderson: Modern Knife Fighting Concepts

    This will be an all-day event with 2 classes before lunch and 3-4 classes after.

    Cost:
    Still working on it, but should be sub-$50, I think. Might depend on whether or not lunch is included.

    Peace favor your sword,
    Kirk
     
  4. Bull

    Bull Just a Man Supporting Member

    Will there be any videos?
     
  5. lklawson

    lklawson Staff Member

    Hadn't thought about it, but I've done it before so it's a possibility.

    Peace favor your sword,
    Kirk
     
  6. Bull

    Bull Just a Man Supporting Member


    I for one, would be interested in buying one, if there were....
     
  7. planosteve

    planosteve Lifetime Supporter

    And here I thought you were talking about football
     
  8. lklawson

    lklawson Staff Member

    If I can get an online payment system (the host venue supposedly has one), I'll set up a pre-payment discount.

    Peace favor your sword,
    Kirk
     
  9. Bull

    Bull Just a Man Supporting Member


    If not, I'd gladly snail mail you for a copy afterwards.... All the subjects sound fascinating. I'm just sorry I can't get there.
     
  10. lklawson

    lklawson Staff Member

    Facebook page for the Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/291734661013450/permalink/291788091008107/

    All day event. $45 at the door.
    $35 for preregistration.
    Preregister by clicking "attending" here and pay by PayPal to: [email protected] (owner and operator of S.W.O.R.D.)

    Preregistration: 8:00-9:00

    Class List:
    • The Grappling of Historic Pugilism - Kirk Lawson: 9:00-10:30
    • Dirty Boxing - Ken Pfrenger: 10:30-12:00
    • Lunch: 12:00-1:00
    • Against the Pugilist - Randal Gustitus: 1:00-2:30
    • Modern Knife Concepts - Tim Anderson: 2:30-4:00
    • Coached Instruction, Friendly Bouts, and General Violence: 4:00-"TooBatteredAboutTheFaceToTellTime"

    Class Description:
    The Grappling of Historic Pugilism - Kirk Lawson:
    Explore the exciting and mostly forgotten world of grappling in historic boxing which augmented the well known fisticuffs with trips, throws, chokes, and even joint-locks.

    Required Gear:
    An interest in historic boxing and a keen disregard for personal safety. Mats to fall on will be provided.

    [Because the other instructors haven't had a chance yet to write their class descriptions, I'll do a quick one for them and post a more detailed description as it follows.]

    Class Description:
    Dirty Boxing, Ken Pfrenger:
    I know the Ref said, "I want a clean fight" but what he didn't see didn't happen, right? Tips and tricks for NOT fight'n fair.

    Recommended Gear:
    Updated Life Insurance policy (and Dental Insurance might not be a bad idea either...)

    Class Description:
    Against the Pugilist, Randal Gustitus:
    I've got a walking stick/singlestick, he's unarmed. Sounds fair to me! Longergans's classic instruction on smacking around boxers (and boxers who don't have sticks!, right?).

    Recommended Gear:
    A ~42" rattan or ash stick and a stout glove (or a hatred of your own knuckles) may be substituted. A few loaners may be available.


    Class Description:
    Modern Knife Concepts, Tim Anderson:
    Pointy end goes here.

    Recommended gear:
    Blunted knife trainers. Well stocked First Aid Kit.

    Peace favor your sword,
    Kirk
     
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2014
  11. lklawson

    lklawson Staff Member

    Instructor Bio, Randal Gustitis:
    Randal has been training in the martial arts since 1985. His early training was in karate and Western fencing, although he has branched out over the years to a variety of Eastern and Western martial arts as well. As a hoplologist, he has traveled to New Zealand (where he was the first mainland American to be ranked in Maori martial arts) and Portugal to research and study. In the Eastern arts, he is an instructor of Yang style Taijiquan, which he has been practicing since 1987. He also holds a Sandan in Meishin Muso Ryu Iaido and is currently a student of Tristan Sutrisno in Pencak Silat Tanjung Sari, where he holds instructor rank. In the Western arts, he is an instructor of Russian martial arts, and is an avid practitioner of Jogo do Pau do Ilha Terceira. He currently runs the School of the Single Circle- a club in the Philadelphia area, teaching a variety of Western martial arts. The arts taught at the school range from RMA and the German tradition, through Jogo do Pau and the works of Gerard Thibault and Figueyredo. Additionally, the Highland/Three Kingdoms tradition is taught by request, as Randal is also certified as a second level mentor with the Cateran Society Broadsword Academy.
     
  12. lklawson

    lklawson Staff Member

    Instructor Bio, Kirk Lawson:
    Kirk is a leading member of the Western Martial Arts community, participating as both a scholar and practitioner. Originally a 20-year veteran of the Asian Martial Arts with ranks in Tang Soo Do, Akido and Judo, Kirk had turned his attention to the historical martial systems originating primarily in Europe and also in America.

    In addition to his interest and practice of classical pugilistic (boxing) methods, Kirk is a leading member of the Bartitsu Society (a group studying the 19th Century fusion of English Boxing, French Savate, the Vigny Walking Stick System, and Japanese JuJitsu), a student of the Tomahawk and Bowie Knife, from the American Frontier period, certified Expert Level 1 through The School of Two Swords, and a Free-Scholar in the Cumann Bhata (Irish Stick Fighting Society) and is a National Rifle Association certified Rifle Instructor and Range Safety Officer.

    In addition to leading his Western Martial Arts study-group "Cumann Bhata-Dayton", Kirk regularly transcribes and reproduces historical Western Martial Arts Manuals, providing free electronic versions online. Kirk's original works include his contributions to Volumes I & II of the Bartitsu Compendium, and the authorship of "Banned From Boxing! The forgotten grappling techniques of historic Pugilism".
     
  13. lklawson

    lklawson Staff Member

    A little more information from Tim Anderson on his Modern Knife class:

    It will be a little bit more to it then [merely 'pointy end goes here']. I'm gonna introduce my Tomahawk work as well to modern playground and methods of sparring too.​

    Peace favor your sword,
    Kirk
     
  14. lklawson

    lklawson Staff Member

    A little bit of description from Ken Pfrenger on his class on Dirty Boxing:

    • When martial artists think of dirty boxing they might imagine what Randy Couture does against the cage in the UFC...not far from it but we will be adding in more violence, stuff that is illegal everywhere. Headbutts, elbows, groin shots etc...a whole mess'o'fun!
    • Gear? I don't expect us top be laying into each other very hard in this class though there are always errors in distance and timing possible. A mouth piece is not a bad idea, 4 oz mma style glove are also an option...not mandatory. Also focus gloves would be usefull but i will have a few pair to share.

    Peace favor your sword,
    Kirk
     
  15. Bull

    Bull Just a Man Supporting Member

    Dangit that all looks like fun......
     
  16. lklawson

    lklawson Staff Member

    It will be. You're invited. :)

    Peace favor your sword,
    Kirk
     
  17. Bull

    Bull Just a Man Supporting Member


    I wish i could make it..... Thank you anyway!......... Work schedule can't/won't line up.
    Revel in the bad-assery for me please!
     
  18. lklawson

    lklawson Staff Member

    Instructor Bio, Tim Anderson:
    Tim began Combatives training in 1994 under Frank Cucchi and Pat Trey where members of Seal Team Six trained in JKD Concepts and Filipino MA. After about a year he then moved to Maine where he began AMOK!, a blades system, training in it for the last 19 years under PO Tom Sotis. Tim has an additional 17 years in Bowie and about 14 in Tomahawk. Tim currently teaches seminars and workshops on Knife combatives with his family system of Infiniti Blade Koncepts along with Dirty Boxing and other empty-hands techniques.
     
  19. lklawson

    lklawson Staff Member

    Instructor Bio, Tim Anderson:
    Tim began Combatives training in 1994 under Frank Cucchi and Pat Trey where members of Seal Team Six trained in JKD Concepts and Filipino MA. After about a year he then moved to Maine where he began AMOK!, a blades system, training in it for the last 19 years under PO Tom Sotis. Tim has an additional 17 years in Bowie and about 14 in Tomahawk. Tim currently teaches seminars and workshops on Knife combatives with his family system of Infiniti Blade Koncepts along with Dirty Boxing and other empty-hands techniques.
     
  20. lklawson

    lklawson Staff Member

    Instructor Bio (only partially made up and imagined), Ken Pfrenger:
    Ken began his martial arts carrier early, at birth, where his mother claimed "he came out with a shot of Jack, smoking a cigar, and carving his name on my belly." He then progressed to regular dust-ups with his siblings, all of which he won before even completing potty training (at the age of 4 months). In his early adult life, he took his natural fighting ability to a Filipino martial arts school where he quickly impressed the instructor and progressed through the ranks until he was teaching classes for the school. This led his interests to wrestling and Boxing. Continuing his interest in martial arts created in Western Civilization, Ken began study of historic Irish stick and cane fighting methods, eventually founding Cumann Bhata, the "Stick Fighting Society." Ken has been a regular guest instructor at Western Martial Arts seminars for the last 20 years, teaching at The International Sword Fighting and Martial Arts Convention (ISMAC), CombatCon, and Western Martial Arts Workshop (WMAW) as well as numerous single events. In 2004, Ken founded an annual Western martial arts weekend seminar which came to be known as "The Recreational Violence Weekend."

    Ken is the authorized Navaja spanish knife fighting N.E. Ohio representative under Maestro James Loriega. Ken has been a leading member in research on Celtic large axe fighting methods, including the Lochabar Ax, and has been a pioneer in the resurgence of pre-Marques of Queensberry Boxing styles.

    At his own school, Ken continues to teach martial arts of Occidental origin including Boxing, Wrestling, and Sambo. The weapons curriculum at his school includes various cane systems, focusing on Irish methods, knife work from Bowie to Navaja, sword systems such as Military Saber, Shaska, and "singlestick," and ax methods from Lochabar through tomahawk and to Carpathian Mountain Ax.

    Notable words of wisdom from Ken include, "just hit him," "pointy end goes here," "there's lots of chewy martial arts goodness in modern boxing," and "Kirk has a beating coming."

    (Actual note from Ken: "This is all fairly accurate My write up would have been boring, factual but definitely not as entertaining.")