WMAW's host in the beautiful and historical DeKoven foundation, in Recine, WI, located 60 miles noth of Chicago. A partially walled Anglican retreat center overlooking the shores of Lake Michigan and founded in 1852 as a college campus, modeling the quadrangle on English colleges at Oxford and Cambridge.
However, when I arrived at night, thanks to the gracious ErinFitzgerals who came to pick me up at the airpot, I found a magic atmosphere waiting for me. Sourrounded by a light mist, the red-bricked buildings of the campus were populated by ethereal figures dressed with variegated clothes of several centuries of European history: capes, armors, fancy panties.., swords, daggers, bucklers, books, parchements.. appearing and disapperaing in the night, between the lights of the lanters, above the old trees, circling around the ancient church in the center of the campus, dancing on the narrow curvy paved trails connecting the large and old buildings. Hearing swordplay somewhere in the dark and soft and gentle voices in all sort of accents wispering of secrects hidden in ancient manuscripts. I was arrived. I was in the magic school of fencingcraft (that I renamed Wmawarts).
It is hard to describe all the wonderful and unique moments of WMAW.
The classes were all absolutely superb. I tried to audit as much as I could, when I was not teaching my cleasses myself, or lost in deep meetings and fencing and fighting around.
I'll attempt here a short highlight of my great time I had at WMAW, and I know I am already going to fail to tell everything I should and that I could to honor the order of magnitude that WMAW deserves.
The lectures I attended where excellent, and truly delivered at a real peer reviewed scientific level. I can assure that my bar is set pretty high, as much as I am used to top scientific congresses in other fields. But the scholars who attended WMAW did not give anything less. I was so pleased to see an academic and scientific approach, presenting scholastic works. Lectures such as "Range of Motion and Energy Cost of Locomotion of the Late Medieval Armoured Fighter" (Dr. Daniel Jaquet) or "Classification of Persian Arms and Armor from the Bronze Age to the End of the Qajar period" (Dr. Manouchehr Moshtagh Khorasani). Greg Mele lecture on Condottieri was excellent and very well done. I am sorry I missed the other lectures, but I heard great feedback from people who attended. Overall, I must say that the scholastic work in WMA community is maturing. And the interesting initiative presented by Daniel Jaquet will streghen this trend and capitalize from the research conducted by many people around the world, with a beneficial return to the entire community and the growth of the field. Daniel, you have all my support.
Too many classes, in parallel, to mention them all. I tried to attend and audit as much as I could.
From my old old (in time not in age) good friends SeanHayes and GregMele's Amizare armour combat workshop: it was truly excellent and inspiring, and I am glad I had the chance to watch and practice with you those days, spending wonderful quality time with you. I could see the poste of Mastro Fiore imprinted in a real life armored men (and friends) coming back to life. Thank you my friends for your work, it is never enough. Plus watching it in action in the deed of Arms was a blast.
DevonBoorman always confirms his excellenece in teaching, that is challeneged only by his excellence in fencing with a sword (any sword!). His