En garde! Third annual SwordFest features every kind of swordplay
From pirates to jedis, the free events will include a wide variety of demonstrations
The complete schedule:
10:15 a.m. – “Wade Hampton: Battlefield Swordsman.” This lecture by Education Curator Joe Long, about South Carolina’s most famous hand-to-hand warrior, will be delivered in the Education Room.
11 a.m. – Medieval swordplay. Laurence Lagnese of The Palmetto Knights Steel Combat Team will present a medieval weapon and armor demonstration.
12:15 p.m. – Lightsabers! Trey Jones and members of the Aiken Lightsaber Club will present the techniques of the Jedi, including a choreographed lightsaber duel.
1 p.m. – Art of the Katana. Dan Bernardo of WellWithin Martial Arts of Columbia will show the Japanese approach to sword usage through the stylized, and lethal, techniques of traditional kenjutsu. 1:15 p.m. – “Butterfly Swords.” Keith Mosher of KDA Wing Chun. This fast-flowing Chinese swordsmanship system, part of several kung fu styles including Wing Chun, uses twin blades.
1:30 p.m. – Kids’ Demo: “How to Fight Off Pirates!” The basics of naval cutlass techniques explained in an interactive session for youngsters. (And yes, the “blades” they use will be safe simulators, not the real thing.) 2 p.m. – Modern fencing. South Carolina competitive fencers will demonstrate the fast-moving modern sport.
3 p.m. – “The South Carolina Broadsword System.” Historical researcher and swordsman Benjamin Battiste explains the unique broadsword style taught in our own state during the first half of the 19th century. This will be in the Education Room.
Date & Time
February 8, 2020
10:00AM - 3:00PM
South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum 301 Gervais St. Columbia 29201 SC US http://www.columbiabusinessmonthly.com/businesses/sc-columbia-south-carolina-confederate-relic-room-and-military-museum