Some info about events I have been involved since I started this “thing”.
August 2021: In collaboration with Steeve Malette the Destreza Study Group in Outaouais is born.
This is a Study Group for Destreza Rapier Swordmanship, the ancient Spanish historical Martial Art of fencing. The goal is to increase the interest of such Art in the area of Outaouais (Canada), but it is open to expand the limits to whoever wants to learn, even online. Occasionally (about once a month) there will be scheduled face-to-face classes in a place to be determined, most probably in the area of Gatineau. Depending on the growth of the group it is not discarded to have online meetings or special workshops once a year, bringing some personalities of the Destreza around the world. This is a healthy group in order to gain knowledge of Destreza among nice people and it is the duty of all the components to keep it like that. Respect, inclusivity and humility are core values of this group. Anyone who does not follow them would be banned. Click here for more information.
Here a picture of the first encounter in Wakefield, 22nd of August.
October 2018: 2-day / 16 hrs workshop on Destreza in Shanghai, Hosted by Shanghai Historical Martial Arts. SHMA.
Year 2017-2022: Due to the need of a big tournament for Montreal and Quebec I worked hard with La Compagnie Medievale in the creation of a Quebecois event of HEMA with International Expectations. +2 years after we have a huge event with a hundred of participants in the tournaments and workshops, international instructors and multiple sponsors from around the globe. Whatever you do in life, do not surrender! https://www.facebook.com/montrealswordmeisters/
Québec 2019: I was invited by the Académie Scrimicie to give a workshop of 6 hours on Destreza. In such a short time we could only grasps the basics of such art. Nevertheless we had a small taste of the greatness of Destreza and what is beyond.
Montreal 2018: For second year in a row we had Event in Montreal 2018, organized by EMR and Escrime Nouvellle-France. Introduction to Destreza Rapier and Smallsword, following de Brea doctrine. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/fencing-tournament-montreal-1.4689532
Year 2018: Invited by Elite Fencing Club I did a workshop on Destreza and uses of the off-hand with rapier in the Schwertkampf Mexico 2018. Exercises for Destreza on Rapier, control of distance and perfection of basic concepts.
Year 2017: I was invited by the American Smallsword Symposium to participate in their annual event. In such workshop I united the smallswords and rapier thanks to the disciplines of Manuel de Brea 1805. There, a new vision to both weapons came to live. Picture by Ian Bell.
Summer 2016. I participated in many tournaments along my career but I never want to brag about it. Specially because the context of a competition differs dramatically from that of the historical fencing treatises. The results would never determine “who knows more”. But, if I have to chose a favorite one I would go for the HEMA-Villeneuve Rapier Tournament (FRANCE), organized by Médiéval Combat. I fought the best opponent I had probably until now, Pascal Theriault. Unfortunately his skills were not the usual ones in the finals or I did not let him use his potential. His Marozzo technique pushed me to avoid sword contact, going to a Vulgar stance and movement. I was arming myself at all times in Atajo Virtual, technique well described by Rada (1705), so that way I could strike without being hit. Find the fight in here, courtesy of Medieval Combat.
Year 2015: I was invited by Sala d’Armes Creu de Sant Jordi to participate in their International Event HALBSCHWERT BARCELONA. In there I had the pleasure to give a workshop in Rapier & Dagger as well as being the main Judge for the discipline of rapier. Video by Sergi Tous y Toni Alcalde
Year 2012-2015 For at least three consecutive years I had the honor to participate with my former club AEACC, AEAS and Sala d’Armes Creu de Sant Jordi in exhibitions of historical fencing in the World Finals of Sport fencing epee Junior category, invited by the Catalan Federation of Fencing (Federació Catalana d’Esgrima).
2020: I made myself be knwon by the Amreican Society in a Destreza Talk organized by the Sacramento Sword school, hosted by Puck Curtis and Eric Myers. In such talk I was critic with the Destreza and was open to deconstruct the system in order to not be seen as a Dogma but a tool for any new fencers. https://youtu.be/ZRZqQ7c5gug