Welcome to the homepage of ARS ENSIS Knightly Circle and Swordfencing School Association!
This is an English summary page, where essential information can be read about us, our trainings and events, for your convinience.
Ars Ensis is a strictly non-profit organization. Our goal is to research, recreate and teach Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA, WMA), most notably the art of longsword. The period writers called this the Knightly Art of Free Fencing, or simply Knightly Arts; it encompasses many different schools, weapons, and has a unique and long history with over 600 years. For our training we make use of the many dozen different historical sources available (kodexes, manuals, manuscripts) as well as sportscoaching and sportsmedical knowledge of the modern times. We are members of the European Organisation for Historical European Martial Arts (HEMAC). We have the best foreign teachers each year as guest trainers in our events, and have been lucky to been able to teach in turn in Austria, Germany, France, Finnland and England as guests ourselves.
Ars Ensis is one of the members funding the Hungarian Longsword Assosiation (MHS) and some of our members take active part in creating Acta Periodica Duellatorum.
Ars Ensis has 27 Trainers and 10 helping trainers currently, teaching every week in 14 different training sites across Hungary. You are most welcome to our trainings or events throughout the year.
You can reach the training site page here: TRAININGS
Our training curriculum works as follows. We have a 4 year basic training, divided into 3 different classes, Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced, where the Intermediate level takes 2 years to accomplish. Basically, if you are a beginner and want to start learning this martial art at our school, you should pick a beginners training, called "Kezdő" in hungarian. If you already have some knowledge in HEMA and just want to drop by for a good workout, you may as well visit the intermediate ("Középhaladó") or advanced ("Haladó") trainings, tough you may want to check in first via email at the leading trainer (email written on Trainings page). After the 4 year basic training we offer a higher school called the provost seminar school, with 3 more years. All together, this makes at least 7 years of training, written as curriculum.
The SUMMER CAMP
This may be the topic you are on this page for in the first place. Our training camp, called and known in international circles as "The Summer Camp" is our annual event (2012 marked our 8th camp). It's a slightly different kind of event than most HEMAC gatherings. Most notably it's quite hard: we train for a whole week, a number of times also in the night, in the ferocious hungarian summer. We commodate in wooden houses, breakfast and warm supper included, for cca. 90 Euros for the whole week (110 USD, 70 Pounds) - may vary a bit each year. Lunch is not included in this price, but there is a store nearby at a convinient 3 minutes walking distance.
Each year, we have a number of well-known international guest teachers at the site (We had guests from Austria, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Sveden, Finnland, USA), but mostly it's our own team of trainers you will encounter in the camp. Our team has official sportstrainer qualification, in some cases with as many as 9 years of HEMA coaching experience in Longsword, Rapier, Ringen, Dagger, Staff, Sword&Buckler, La Canne, Bolognese swordsmanship, Arrow shooting, Sabre etc.
The camp programme itself consits of a week long longsword seminar each morning for beginners, intermediate, advanced and provost classes, and 2 slots with at least 4 choices each with different european weapon styles, every afternoon. We also do mass battles for fun every day with padded swords. Between them we have some free time for sparring and socialisation. The end of the week marks our own internal prize playing for the different levels, which we take quite seriously ourselves, but you of course as our guest are free to just watch, take part, or have some free time. The last thing we do each year is a gigantic party, that starts with a quite historical Fechtschule, where a medieval band plays bloodboiling music to which we spar and wrestle and fight and dance the whole evening long.
A final note, no alcohol drinking is allowed during the week (you can drink your share at the final party), and smoking is only allowed outside the camp area (that's hungarian law), which makes it almost impossible to smoke at all. Maybe a good place to start quitting, isn't it?
We can and will help with travel, from the airport in Budapest. If you arrive by car, we can arrange travelling together, so you can find the place. We change the Campsite from time to time, currently we are in a town called Salgótarján. Also, the planned time of the camp in 2013 is the last week of July.
If you still want to take part, please write Szab an email.
You can view photos from the 2012 summer camp here, or from 2011 here.
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