March 12, 2016 10 AM to 4PM
River Valley Complex, 605 Main St., Leaf River IL Room #108
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.
Gallowglass Academy requires groin protection for men, and recommends it for women. 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. =======================================================Gallowglass Academy is hosting the second
8:45 AM Opening Remarks and Introductions.
9:00 AM Pugilism 101: Focus on the Fundamentals w/ Tim Ruzicki
10:30 AM Power Generation via Dempsey's Method w/ Ken Pfrenger
Noon - 1:30 PM Lunch, discussion about the History of Pugilism with all Instructors
1:30 PM The Cross Counter w/ Martin Oz Austwick
3:00 PM Punch Him in the Face, Throw Him on His Head Part I w/Kirk Lawson
4:30 PM Classes end for the day
9:00 AM Chancery w/Martin Oz Austwick
10:30 AM Punch Him in the Face, Throw Him on His Head Part II w/Kirk Lawson
Noon - 1:30 PM Lunch Break
1:30 PM The Geometry of Pugilism w/ Tim Ruzicki
3:00 PM Russian Fisticuffs w/Ken Pfrenger
4:30 PM Closing Remarks
One of the defining aspects of Early English Pugilism is the use of a variety of techniques for holding the head of your opponent. Together these techniques are known as Chancery. This session will explore the forms Chancery can take, ways to set it up, techniques to use when you have your opponent in Chancery and escapes. There will be a degree of limited free play so MMA style gloves and gumshields are recommended.
This session will explore that most definitive of single time counters – The cross counter – and will firstly look at the technique in detail before going on to look at how it can be used to set up a number of other strikes, holds and throws. There will be a degree of limited free play so MMA style gloves, gumshields, and head guards are recommended.
Known as one of the hardest punchers ever, Jack Dempsey did all pugilists a great favor when he wrote his book "Championship Fighting". In "Championship Fighting" Dempsey details a number of the methods for power generation, we will be taking a look at each one of these methods. We should all leave the class with not only a better understanding of power generation but also the ability to put these methods into play. You will all be cracking ribs like a pro after this class.
A peasant style of boxing that dates back to the early middle ages, fisticuffs is a rough and tumble way of fighting that works even if you are standing on a frozen lake. Characterized by both wide and tight figure eight movements, Russian fisticuffs is an interesting and useful style to throw into your pugilistic bag of tricks.
The basics of any martial art will always be the most important elements you can learn and practice. Whether you're an experienced pugilist or you're taking your very first pugilism class, the building blocks of attitude and posture, footwork, bio-mechanics, and timing and distance are critical to understand and to get right. This class will walk beginners through the fundamentals, and will help veteran pugilists correct bad habits, break through plateaus, and unlock bio-mechanic and timing/distance advantages.
Like all martial arts, pugilism is built on three basic geometric principles, the Straight Line, the Angle, and the Circle. This class will explore how lines, angles and circles influence all aspects of the art, from the attitude and footwork to the delivery of blows and execution of defense. Specific emphasis will be placed on timing, distance and proportion, and how geometry reveals secrets of time and space. We'll be repeatedly punching each other in the face in this class, so protective headgear and mouth guards are recommended.
Martin “Oz” Austwick is the Chief Instructor of the English Martial Arts Academy, and the founder of http://Pugilism.org. He’s been researching and teaching English Martial Arts for almost twenty years, and before that racked up eight years studying Shotokan Karate. For the past decade or so he’s been focusing on attempting to recreate the pugilistic style of the Broughton’s Rules Era. He has taught by invitation across Europe and the US and is extremely excited to be part of the first International Pugilism Symposium.
Kirk Lawson is a leading member of the Western Martial Arts community, participating as both a scholar and practitioner. Originally a 20-year veteran of the Asian Martial Arts with ranks in Tang Soo Do, Akido and Judo, Kirk has turned his attention to the historical martial systems originating primarily in Europe and also in America.
In addition to his interest and practice of classical pugilistic (boxing) methods, Kirk is a leading member of the Bartitsu Society (a group studying the 19th Century fusion of English Boxing, French Savate, the Vigny Walking Stick System, and Japanese JuJitsu), a student of the Tomahawk and Bowie Knife, from the American Frontier period, certified Expert Level 1 through The School of Two Swords, and a Free-Scholar in the Cumann Bhata (Irish Stick Fighting Society) and is a National Rifle Association certified Rifle Instructor and Range Safety Officer.
In addition to leading his Western Martial Arts study-group "Cumann Bhata-Dayton", Kirk regularly transcribes and reproduces historical Western Martial Arts Manuals, providing free electronic versions online. Kirk's original works include his contributions to Volumes I & II of the Bartitsu Compendium, and the authorship of "Banned From Boxing! The Forgotten Grappling Techniques of Historic Pugilism".
Ken Pfrenger is a hopologist from Northeast Ohio who has a background in teaching Muay Thai, JKD concepts and the Filipino Martial Arts (FMA). Several years ago his focus changed from the Asian arts to the Western Martial Traditions of Europe and the United States. He has
devoted most of his time researching the Martial Traditions of the various Celtic cultures, from Irish Collar and Elbow wrestling and stick play to Cornish Close Hug wrestling. To this end, Ken has served as Director of Cumann Bhata, an organization founded in 2000 to promote the study and research of stickplay common in the Irish Faicseanaíocht (faction fighting) through teaching, seminars, and publication. An avid boxing fan since a young age, Ken has been seriously studying the science of manual defence for many years. His focus now is on the techniques and fighting concepts of pugilists from the late 18th to the late 19th centuries.
Tim Ruzicki is one of the world’s foremost experts in classical British Pugilism, the eighteenth and nineteenth century art of bare-knuckle boxing. He has spent over twenty years studying historic and modern forms of martial arts and martial sports, including boxing, sport wrestling, combative grappling, various knife systems, Western swordsmanship, walking cane, WWII Combatives, close-quarters firearms, and various personal-protection systems. For the last fifteen years he has been practicing and teaching Pugilism, as well as researching this fascinating art through original source material at some of the world’s most famous libraries, including the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the Bodleian Library at Oxford, and the British Library. Tim is currently teaching Pugilism at The Barton-Wright/Alfred Hutton Alliance for Historically Accurate Hoplology and Antagonistics (BWAHAHAHA), in Seattle, Washington.
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