What Is Sword Art?
Sword Art is a combination of techniques and movement patterns done with practice sword replicas of the German Longsword and/or the Scottish Claymore. These movement patterns are combined with exciting, powerful music to create theatrical choreographies. This adventure is great exercise, mentally challenging and a lot of fun. Great for all ages, we do notice that boys and girls between the ages of 11-17 really like it.
instructor prepping for double sword move
These choreographies are created as solo performances or can be done with other students in a group, AKA FIght Scene!
Because each student is amazingly unique, we want them to try on each choreography, add their own style, and then own it as their masterpiece. This is a fancy way to say, "learn it, change it and own it, with our blessing!
What Sword Art Is NOT!
modeling a hold position
Our swords will be finely crafted latex rubber practice swords and will not be harmful in the way that a real sword would be. However, we will teach respect for the sword as the deadly weapon that it has been throughout history. We hope that this adventure will encourage our students to study and learn more about that history. This study may include actually wanting to learn swordcraft as a martial art. We will gladly connect you to Master Instructors in the international organization of Historical European Martial Arts(HEMA) both online and locally
YEA Sword Art Adventure is NOT a martial art of any kind and we will not pretend that it is.
When you sign up for this adventure, you will be learning individual steps that include:
- learning basic stances and travelling patterns
- learning different ways to wield the sword
- learning and combining turns and flourishes
Choreographies will include:
- learning/performing our versions of some of the timeless historical sword dances, such as the Ghillie Callum(performed originally by warriors before a battle)
- learning/performing our versions of fight sequences from video games and movies
- learning/performing original pieces choreographed by Linda M Hughes for this adventure
We will also be working with:
- Staffs and Sticks
- Light Sabers
Perform for yourself, for your family, or join us as we perform in local events and festivals.
getting used to wearing the chainmail before the sword adventure clinic at Colorado Medieval Festival June 2019
Sword Art Adventure offers 2 types of clinics:
These clinics will be offered to anyone interested in the subject, with a discounted rate for our students. The subjects will include, but, not be limited to:
- inviting sword fighters for demonstrations
- stage makeup
- costuming and accessories, to include chainmail and armor
- making your own costume
- stage presence and entertaining your audience, no matter if you plan on performing publicly or not
- and many more.
Spectator Clinics At Festivals:
Mom and sons enjoying the sword art clinic in Edgewood, NM 2019
We also have had tremendous fun introducing attendees of Celtic festivals to Sword Art in what we call the "Spectator Clinic". We teach them a very short, fun, choreography.
We provide swords, belts and frogs to each attendee and teach them the steps of the choreography. Then we perform this number and allow time for their family members and/or friends to videotape it as a souvenir. These clinics are especially geared to 11-17 yo boys and girls.
We will provide coupons to all participating Spectators to enroll in our online training to continue learning.
If you are an organization wanting to bring our clinics into your event, please contact us.
Class Time: Due to Covid-19, Sword Art is no longer offered at High Road Gym. We are now exclusively online. After we have learned a choreography, we may get together as a group to videotape each other performing it. We will use Covid safe best practices in any group setting. When Covid-19 ends, those who are interested, will be brought into the YEA Sword Artists, to perform at the local festivals.
Sword Art classes are scheduled for 4:15-5:15pm on Tuesday and Thursday. In the new Covid world, it is hard to know when to schedule classes. Since this class has been especially designed for the 11-17 yo boys and girls, we scheduled it for late afternoon, wanting to avoid conflict with a school day and still allow them to have quality family time. We look forward to introducing you to this adventure. Try it, you will like it!
The following will be what to expect with these 2 classes:
As I teach you, I will use the terminology, names of steps as I learned them from my teachers. We will concentrate on learning a "phrase" of individual steps. Each step will be broken down, and you will learn what your total body needs to do when performing that one step.
We will put the phrase to the music that it belongs to, and as you learn more phrases, we will combine them in this class.
I want you to learn the basics of the choreography first. And when you do, I will help you learn how to personalize it to fit you. It is a LOT of fun.
Tuesday And Thursday Classes:
These classes require a 12'x12'wide x 10' high space and the steps and phrases can be learned inside or outside. Many sword artists practice in their basements, bedrooms, back yards, patios, decks and/or driveways.
You will be taking full responsibility for securing/taking caro of this location, your conduct and the safety of others dancing at this location.
Internet connection is required. This is not supplied to Sword Artists by YEA.
Currently, all YEA Sword Artists take the classes through their smartphones, tablets or through laptops. Plan on having a secure method to support your device - tripod, tabletop, etc.- to allow you to step away to try the movements being taught.
Please pick a location and device support method that allows me to see your entire body in the camera view. I need to be able to see you from head to toe and finger to finger.
At the present time we are using the 3rd party video conferencing software:
You will be able to sign up for a free account with them and then log right into the webcam of your class.
Other things to consider having available for these sessions:
- charger & power chord
- way to play the music required on Thursday
What You WIll Need For Your First Class:
The first choreography that will be taught in the fall of 2020 will be part A of a 2 part skit and is meant to be done solo or with a partner. Part B is a fight scene that will require a partner - we will not teach this part until after Covid-19 safe distancing.
The only requirement will be:
- purchasing digital recording of the song from musician(you will be given this info after you have subscribed)
- loose, comfortable shorts or pants
- a shirt that allows freedom of movement with the sword
- a 3-4' x 1" wooden dowel - you will be given instructions on how to prep this dowel for the class, when you have signed up
- a belt
double wrap sword belt with frog
latex rubber longsword
When you have decided to get more serious about this adventure, you will want to invest in the following equipment:
- a latex larping longsword
- a double wrap swords belt with frog
- or a regular belt and a set of frogs
When you are ready for this step, we will provide you with information on what you need and how to get it. When a new choreography is learned, we will give you basic and recommended requirements.
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