This past weekend (Feb. 13-15) I attended the Western Washington WMA Workshop (or 4W) in Seattle, WA hosted by the wonderful folks from Academia della Spada. The highlights of the three day seminar were:
1. The martial challenge between Christian Tobler & Sean Hayes. They fought 5 passes with longsword, sword & buckler and spear. The only word I can think of to describe the bout is "Wow"! It was a display of control, understanding of the Art, & it was an excellent example of a friendly bout fought with martial intent. I was unable to video the bout (as I was busy acting as Maestro Hayes' second) but I'm sure the videos will be all over the net in the following week.
2. Taking Christian Tobler's German Longsword class was a great experience! Not only was it fun from the standpoint of being the first time I had ever studied the German system, but also because I was able to experience Mr. Tobler's teaching style.
3. As with WMAW two years ago, the best part of the weekend was all the wonderful people I met and worked with.
The downside to the weekend was that my thumb injury got aggravated again. This meant that I was doing less and less drilling as the seminar went on. Oh well. Eventually I will learn how to keep it from getting hurt.
Long story short, if you ever get the opportunity to attend a WMA seminar, do so. Getting out there and meeting others in the WMA community is an experience you can't miss.