Swordplay Symposium International
Swordplay Symposium International is a not-for-profit organization, created to encourage appreciation of Western military and civilian swords and hand weapons and to promote historical knowledge of their martial usage. Swordplay Symposium International will host a biannual conference of historical Western martial arts. The Conference will provide a forum for members and guests to present papers; give demonstrations; and share insights, discoveries, theories, and information among colleagues and fellows in a cordial and positive environment.
Configuration as of May 2000
List of Advisors - 2000
- Christoph Amberger - Hammerterz Forum
- Dr. Sydney Anglo
- Jörg Bellinghausen
- Claude Blaire
- John Clements - HACA
- David Cvet - AEMMA
- David Edge - Wallace Collection
- Simon Fernham - Raven Armouries
- Peter Fuller - Medieval Reproductions
- S. Matthew Galas, Esq.
- Stephen Hand - Stoccata Shoole of Defense
- Steve Hick
- Craig Johnson - Arms & Armor
- Christoph Kaindel
- Paul MacDonald - MacDonald Armouries
- Maestro Ramon Martinez - Martinez Academy of Arms
- Ewart Oakeshott
- Brian Price
- Dr. Patri Pugliesi
- Giovanni Rapisardi - La Compagnia della Spada
- Hank Reinhardt
- Maestro Andrea Lupo Sinclair - FISAS
- Dr. Jeffery Singman - Higgins Armor Museum
- Rob Valentine - Valentine Armories
- William Wilson - Tattershall School of Defense
- J. Mark Bertrand
- Terry Brown
- Mark Rector
SPADA: A project of the Swordplay Symposium International (SSI) contains an anthology of articles which captures not only the "cutting edge" of scholarship relating to study of historical fighting treatises and techniques, but also stands as a paean to one of the sword communities greatest lights, Ewart Oakeshott.
Over a lifetime, Ewart Oakeshott not only earned unparalleled resepct for his knowledge of medieval swords, but also earned renown by his openess and enthusiasm, chivalric qualities that set an example for others to follow. The author of the most important books on sword history, including "The Archaeology of Weapons" and "Records of the Medieval Sword" are timeless standard reference works.
Containing Ewart's last article, "Studying Arms within the Circumference of History", SPADA is sure to become an instant resouce. Alongside Ewart, notable luminaries in the historical swordsmanship community record the current state of scholarship relating to the fantastic yet cryptic historical treatises.
Editor: Stephan Hand
Last Updated: October 3, 2003