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      January 26, 2013


      Springfield, Virginia 22152

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      Capital HEMA Open 2013 (Longsword)

      Capital HEMA Open 2013 (Longsword) Jan 26, 2013

      Virginia Academy of Fencing: Springfield, VA

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      Map to 5401-B Port Royal Rd Springfield VA 22152
      (NOTE: This link is for the Longsword tournament ONLY. To register for the rapier tournament, please click here:

      The Virginia Academy of Fencing is proud to host the Capital HEMA Open! HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts) is a growing field of martial arts that encompasses many historical fighting traditions, and we will be hosting two competitions with this event: Longsword and Rapier.

      WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: This event is open to all experience levels aged 18 and up. Participants must sign a safety waiver.

      EQUIPMENT: All participants *must* have the following:
      -Long athletic pants with no bare skin exposed (HEMA knickers with long socks are acceptable)
      -Non-marking athletic shoes
      -Minimum of a three weapons fencing mask or better (back of the head protection is not required but strongly recommended)
      -Rigid elbow and knee protection
      -Throat guard
      -Minimum of a 3 weapon fencing jacket (padded torso protection is highly encouraged)
      -Men must wear an athletic cup
      Longsword fencers are required to have the following additional protection:
      -Forearm guards
      -Heavy hand protection (Lacrosse gloves are the bare minimum)
      -Note that participants will be using the provided synthetic longsword simulators at the tournament, and will not be using their own swords.
      Rapier fencers are required to have the following additional protection:
      -A pair of gloves (such as standard fencing gloves)
      -A standard steel historical fencing rapier with a minimum blade length of 35" and no longer than 45" (measured from the guard). Swords *must* be designed for rapier fencing. No modern sport fencing weapons will be allowed.

      Additional safety equipment (such as plastic chest guards, shin guards, padded shirts for underneath the jacket, etc) are optional but encouraged. For more detailed information, please visit our website.

      RULES: Please visit our website for the complete list of rules.

      LOCATION: Virginia Academy of Fencing, 5401-B Port Royal Road, Springfield, VA 22151 (just outside of Washington DC) There is plenty of parking, and showers/changing rooms are on site. Please visit our website of a list of local hotels and restaurants.

      SCHEDULE: There will be two events- Longsword: Saturday, January 26, starting at 3:30 pm, and Rapier: Sunday, January 27, starting at 3:30pm.

      To register for Rapier, please click here:

      CONTACT INFORMATION: Please visit our website (COMING SOON) or E-mail Bill Grandy at or call VAF at (703) 321-4922

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      Event details may change at any time, always check with the event organizer when planning to attend this event or purchase tickets.
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