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Closed Fourth of July

I have always felt incredibly grateful for being born in America. However, my pride in my country swelled when I wore the symbols of my country fighting in a world championship. When I stepped onto the field I was not Janeal Ironside I was team USA. When my teammates stepped on the field they weren’t East Coast verse West Coast. My teammates weren’t male or female. We were all team USA. We were all working as hard as we possibly could to bring honor to that title. It was one of the few times I felt truly connected to the men and women who had traveled across the ocean to represent this amazing place we call home. Once experienced you can never really leave. No matter how bad it gets or how much we disagree with the policies our leaders make we are still part of America. One of the things that brings us all together is the celebration of the birth of this great nation. With that in mind we are canceling our classes on the Fourth of July. Go out and enjoy this time with your family and friends. We will see you in class this Saturday.

Ironside Training Seminar

We are taking our show on the road!  Ironside Medieval Combat has the honor of teaching a fighting seminar at Warlord Combat Academy in Texas:

Location:

Warlord Combat Academy 1915 Peters Rd Irving TX

This seminar will cover the systematic approach to fighting helping both experienced and new fighters develop a better understanding of range power, and footwork. The team strategies will cover timing, precision, and situational awareness. Everyone will be able to take home drills to work with their teams and improve their odds of winning.

Note taking and video recordings will be a big part of this training.  Research has shown a stand alone seminar is extremely ineffective without application and on going support afterwards.  This seminar will cover a mountain of information.  The primary purpose is to expose participants to the information for them to work on and reference later.

Supplies needed:

Notebook and writing utensils –  there will be formal times for note taking and expectations participants come prepared.

Practice weapons you want to work with – This can be rattan sticks, steel swords, padded weapons.  We will be going over a variety of drills and work with partners to learn the motions.  The training will focus on Sword and shield, Polearm, and Longsword.  Fighters can focus and work on a single weapon style or rotate around the styles.  Our structure will be based on small groups and stations leaving a lot of choice and flexibility for the participant

Armor Optional – The seminar does not require armor to participate, however, fighters will find a lot of benefits to practicing these drills in full gear.  Fighters with complete kits can do these drills at full speed with full power.  Fighters without armor will be regulated to slow work only.

Schedule:

June 29th

10 – 12 – Weapons Training

  • 1 hour laying down the groundwork
  • 1 hour Timing and flow

12-1 – Lunch

1-2 – Weapons Training

  • 1 hour Power and Body Mechanics

2-5 – Team Training

  • 1 hour Timing
  • 1 hour Precision and Communication
  • 1 hour Awareness

 

June 30th

11:30 – 1 – Weapons Training

  • 5 hours mixed weapons

1 – 2 – Lunch

2 – 3:30 – Weapons Training

  • 5 hours Speed Drills

3:30-6:30 – Team Training

  • 1 hour Playbook 3 v 3
  • 1 hour Timing, precision, awareness combined
  • 1 hour flow

ironside training seminar

Colorado Medieval Festival Adventures

We had an amazing event at Colorado Medieval Festival. I’m incredibly proud of your young students. They were able to take their fighting to a new level by adding armor and harder hitting swords. Students start with soft foam swords. As they develop their skills and build muscle they add armor and change to wooden swords. I’m very impressed with how hard these three work. They are facing all the challenges we can throw at them. It isn’t easy fighting in front of large crowds of people, however, they did it wilt amazing skill and grace. Keep training kids and grow into outstanding knights.

One of the many fighting demonstrations we did at the Colorado Medieval Festival was Battle of the Roses. During this demonstration the crowd can sponsor a fighter for $1. If that fighter wins the fight he will present his sponsor with a rose. This was a fun way to get the crowd invested in the fighters and this sport we love so much. We had people young and old enjoy or show and win roses. The fighters were really great about making sure their sponsors felt special. This is how incredible memories are made, how we build a loyal fan base, and encourage our fighters.

Fighters were competing in extremely hot conditions this past weekend, so we created a new game to help them keep cool. One of the themes for our demonstrations was Trial by Combat. Members of the audience were able to buy arrest warrants for a $1 and challenge their friends to a Trial by Combat. Our fighters were their champions and would fight to see which of the audience members would have to go to jail for a picture. However, this year we added a new twist. The audience could also purchase water balloons to throw at the fighters while they were competing. This helped keep the fighters cool, the dust down on the field, and got the audience involved. I was amazed at how popular this was for everyone. We went through 500 water balloons in two days. Definitely remembering this one for next year!

Between our shows, while the fighters were getting a break, we had some fun games for everyone to play. We hosted two styles of games at the Colorado Medieval Festival. The whole idea behind these games was for people to have fun, hit each other with foam swords, get wet and cool down, and most important develop a love for our sport. Participants could battle it out individually or on teams. They had different goals to achieve with each of our games. Some times they would have to capture a flag while defending their own. Other times they practiced their accuracy by hitting water balloons out of the sky. Other times they had fun ruthlessly going after our amazing support staff. Not everyone is willing to put on armor and get hit full force by an axe wielding knight. That doesn’t mean they have no future as a sword fighter. There are many ways, and levels of intensity a person can train at. The important part is to have fun as you learn martial arts. It is a proven fact that people learn best when they enjoy what they are doing. We teach sword fighting in a variety of ways to make sure everyone has an opportunity to learn!

A heartfelt thank you to all of our amazing support staff and fighters for making our demonstration at the Colorado Medieval Festival a success. It takes a metric ton of work to pull these events off. Fighters are having to stay in 60-80lbs of armor all day in the hot sun. Constantly on display for everyone at the fair. The quiet and often overlooked support staff run around like crazy doing every job imaginable. They make sure everyone is drinking water, selling tickets for all our stuff, making sure our gear is accounted for, jumping into gear to fight themselves, the list goes on and on. It takes a team of people to make this all successful. I am incredibly blessed to have such amazing and hard workers! Thank you everyone who came out to support us!

Longsword lessons have been added to our online class!

The longsword tutorial videos and drill for this week have been posted to our new online class. This week is focusing on power and body mechanics. When done right you will have precision, deadly accuracy, and a ton of power. I have had TV analysts measure the power of my longsword strikes and they calculated my strikes coming in with several hundred pounds of pressure. In this video I’m using a functionally sharpe (sharp enough to cut your finger, but not razor sharp) sword to cut a pig in half. I was able to punch through muscle, bone, and the spine of a 100 pound pig while it was swinging freely. Make note disputes the pig moving my strike landed in the same place every time. If you would like to learn how I did that sign up for our online class and learn my secret!

Sign up for our online class!

$20 a month – limited to 20 people

Upcoming Events!

We have an absolute ton of fun events coming up!  We would love to have fighters and fans alike to come join us for some medieval helmet smashing fun.

GOT Bar CrawlGame of Thrones Walking Bar Crawl

April 13th – 3:30pm-11:00pm

Oskar Blues Grill & Brew Colorado Springs

118 N Tejon St. Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Tickets: www.localmotiveevents.com

 

We need fighters and participants for this demo to be in armor and medieval clothing.  NO weapons!  Fighters will be acting out the part for characters from Game of Thrones.

Exercise and Have Fun 3

Backyard Highland Games

April 20th – 9:00am – 3:00pm

Rocky Mountain Brewery

625 Paonia St, Colorado Springs, CO 80915

The Pike’s Peak Charity Games will be a backyard highland games competition.  All proceeds from the event will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.  All donations can be made through the Wounded Warrior Project website, which will be released soon.  Fighters we are looking to put on a fighting demonstration at these games.

 

KoblodConKoboldCon – Ironside Demo

April 26th-28th

1710 Briargate Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80920

KoboldCon is the largest gaming convention in Colorado Springs!  We are looking for armored fighters who would like to participate in putting on a fighting demo at this event.

Summer Kick Off

June 1st – 11:00am-3:00pm

Rocky Mountain Brewery

625 Paonia St, Colorado Springs, CO 80915

Come out and have some fun in the sun to kick off the summer.  We will have food trucks, vendors, and medieval fighting activities to watch.  Looking for fighters from HEMA, EMP, SCA, LARP, and armored fighting to put on demonstrations.

img_1935Colorado Medieval Festival

June 7th-9th

1750 Savage Rd, Loveland, CO 80538

The Colorado Medieval Festival is a 3 day event located in Loveland, CO.  Fighters are the main attraction for this festival.

If you are an out of state fighter we are offering $100 for participating and $50 for in state fighters.  Once you sign up you will receive email communications about lodging, schedules, and other logistics.  We are charging $20 per tournament as a processing fee.  This fee is non-refundable, however, you will get $15 back upon the completion of the tournament.  That means fighters could earn up to $115 for participation! Register now!

Nicholas Fighting PictureRocky Mountain Brewery Anniversary

June 14th-15th

Rocky Mountain Brewery

625 Paonia St, Colorado Springs, CO 80915

The Rocky Mountain Brewery Anniversary Tournament is a 2 day even located in Colorado Springs, CO.  Fighters are the main attraction for this event.  The first day is for training and team building seminar.  The second day is the tournament.

If you are an out of state fighter we are offering $100 for participating and $50 for in state fighters.  Once you sign up you will receive email communications about lodging, schedules, and other logistics.  We are charging $20 per tournament as a processing fee.  This fee is non-refundable, however, you will get $15 back upon the completion of the tournament.  That means fighters could earn up to $115 for participation! Register Now!

Rocky Mountain Brewery Pro-Fight

July 20th

Rocky Mountain Brewery

625 Paonia St, Colorado Springs, CO 80915

The Rocky Mountain Brewery Pro-Fight Tournament is a one day even located in Colorado Springs, CO.  Fighters are the main attraction for this event.  This event focuses on one vs one fights with prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

If you are an out of state fighter we are offering $100 for participating and $50 for in state fighters.  Once you sign up you will receive email communications about lodging, schedules, and other logistics.  We are charging $20 per tournament as a processing fee.  This fee is non-refundable, however, you will get $15 back upon the completion of the tournament.  That means fighters could earn up to $115 for participation! Register Now!

Veterans Support Demo

July 27th – 11:00am-4:00pm

Location: TBD

Looking for fighters to put on a demonstration for a veteran fundraiser.

1845 N Circle Dr Colorado Springs CO 80909 719-947-2844 info@ironsidemc.org M-Th: 5:30pm-9:00pm Friday: 6:00pm-9:00pm Saturday: 8:00am-12:30 pm