Gallowglass Academy, Inc.
Training, Tradition, Defence.....     Short classes and seminars
Upcoming Events
We cannot grant cash refunds within 4 weeks of uncancelled events.

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2015 Events

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Gallowglass Academy is planning on hosting the first 

May 30-31, 2015 
Clock Tower Resort in Rockford, IL.  

We are pleased to announce the following list of fabulous instructors:
Martin "Oz" Austwick
Krik Lawson
Ken Pfrenger
Tim Ruzicki. 

Registration should open in January of 2015 so be sure to check back for more information and to register for this great event!

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2014 Events

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 October 4-5, 2014

Italian Classical Sabre Workshop

taught by Maestro John Sullins, Military Master at Arms
October 4 and 5, 2014

Sign Up Early - Space is Limited

Hosted by Gallowglass Academy, Inc - River Valley Complex, 605 Main St, Leaf River, IL 61047

Saturday, October 4 - Site opens at 9:30 AM. Class from 10 AM - 4 PM. Lunch will be provided.

Sunday, October 5 - Site opens at 8:30 AM. Class from 9 AM - Noon.

Cost $50 for Saturday Only, $60 for both Saturday and Sunday, $20 for Sunday only. You may pay through PayPal (see buttons below) or send check or money order to Gallowglass Academy, PO Box 201, Leaf River, IL  61047. If paying by mail, please include name and email or phone contact information.

Questions may be sent to or call 815-973-1615.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4 - Italian Dueling Sabre: focus on the system as taught by Pecoraro and Pessina

This class will focus on the Italian Dueling Sabre of Pecorraro and Pessina which stresses the use of the point with the riposte and multiple cuts on the attack.

Equipment: Please bring a fencing jacket or equivalent, a heavy curved Sabre, heavy fencing mask, heavy gloves and elbow protection (also suggested is full forearm protection for sword arm if plan to participate in any free assaults after class)

Site opens at 9:30 AM, Class from 10 AM to 4 PM, lunch will be provided.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5 - Classical Saber of the Sonoma State University Fencing Master’s Certificate Program

This class will focus on the saber taught at SSU from the “Science of Fencing” by Maestro William Gaugler

Equipment: fencing jacket or equivalent, mask, glove and sport or heavy saber.

Site opens at 8:30 AM, class from 9 AM to Noon.

Dr. John P. Sullins is a Military Master at Arms, certified by the San José State University Fencing Master’s Program (1994). He teaches: foil, epee, sabre, and various historical arms. Dr. Sullins has trained in fencing pedagogy under many skilled fencing masters including: Maestro William Gaugler and Military Master at Arms Ralph Sahm (1986 to 1994); Maître Daniel Revenu (1988); Maestro Ferenc Marki (1988); Maestro Niccolo Perno (1988); Maestro Enzo Musumeci Greco (1988); and Maestro Lucio Nugnes (1989). Dr. Sullins has taught at numerous fencing schools and programs since the mid 1980?s and was a cofounder and manager of the Tri Cities Academy of the Sword in Binghamton New York 1998-2002. In addition to directing the SSU Fencing Masters Certificate Program, Dr. Sullins is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Sonoma State University. Dr. Sullins has been primarily interested in the Italian broadsword of the Victorian era and has worked for over ten years at rediscovering and reconstructing this style of fencing.

May pay through PayPal below or send check or money order to:
     Gallowglass Academy, Inc.,
     P. O. Box 201, Leaf River, IL 61047-0201
If paying by mail please include name and email or phone contact information.

Saturday & Sunday $60.00

Saturday Only $50.00

Sunday Only $20.00

Questions may be sent to or call 815-973-1615

   May 10, 2014
Fighting with the Tomahawk

taught by Allen Reed
May 10, 2014    10am - 4pm
$50 until April 26; $75 thereafter and at the door
Sign Up Early - Space is Limited

Please Bring a Sack Lunch

Hosted by:
Macktown Living History Education Center
2221 Freeport Rd, Rockton IL

A close combat weapon favored by both Indian warriors and White settlers of the 18th and 19th centuries, the Tomahawk
represents the melding of European technology and weapon
systems with the Native use of the war club.

REQUIREMENTS: Participants should wear comfortable workout clothes, and should bring a belt or heavy sash and a Tomahawk with sheath or a 1-lb ball-peen hammer with a 16-18" wooden handle.  Protective eye wear is also required.

Gallowglass Academy suggests groin protection for men. Historical Interpreters and Reenactors of all stripes are encouraged to wear historical kit, and all participants should bring clothing appropriate for portions of the class to be held outside, weather permitting.

Send check or money order to:
     Gallowglass Academy, Inc.,
     P. O. Box 201, Leaf River, IL 61047-0201

or by Paypal: 
until April 26

...thereafter or at the door

Need more information? Please contact us!

Printable map to Macktown:

Handy flyer about this event you may have forgotten to download before.... ;)
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