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Dagger Tournament 2019

Dagger is a fast, vicious and bloody weapon that takes no prisoners - sounds like a cracker of a time! We tried a ruleset that had fighters starting at arm’s reach and included starting with your weapon sheathed in your belt - requiring a quick draw and nerves of steel. Troy, David, and Daniel dominated the day - well done fellas!

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Rehoboth Medieval Incursion - March 2019

We love bringing all things medieval to the fine people of Perth, and this time it was the lucky kids at Rehoboth that got a show. Our members put on a daring combat demo, followed by an assortment of medieval displays and activities. 

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Genghiscon 2019

Swordplay and nerds seem to go hand in hand, and it’s no different for us! We dropped in on Genghiscon to give everyone a taste of what we do.

Genghiscon 2019 poster


Sword & Shield Tournament 2018

Drilling and sparring are only part of the equation - you need to apply your knowledge and stress-test your abilities too. To this end we hold tournaments at the end of each quarter that our members can take part in to test their mettle. Congratulations to Tom, Peter and Chris for your stellar performance on the day - check out some of the day's footage here.

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York Medieval Fayre - 23 September, 2018

Every year the town of York comes alive for the York Medieval Fayre. Performers and vendors of all kinds travel to the cozy town to take part in the revelry. Come along and see our fierce warriors engaged in combat with a variety of weapons, from longswords to harsh language!

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Cold Steel; A Sabre Short-course Based on Alfred Hutton's Work - July 2018

Join us for four, 1 hour sessions delving into the work of Alfred Hutton's treatise on the Sabre, Cold Steel - as taught by Andrew Stewart. 

Workshops will run for one hour, starting at 7.30pm on July 17th, 19th, 24th and 26th.

Masks are available for loan, though you will need to bring your own Sabre, light gloves and some water. 

Prices:
--Members: normal training fees apply
--Non-members: $50 for all four sessions
Places are limited, reserve yours now.

Hutton's sabre guards

 

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House Darksun Sword Tournament - 30 June, 2018

House Darksun members gather to test their acquired skills gained over the last several months through our sword syllabus. Tournaments not only test your weapon skills but an array of other skill sets such as measure control, situational awareness, tactics, footwork and general fitness, just to name a few!

Recruits with swords


Wesley Collage School Demonstration - 31 May, 2018

Medieval history forms part of the year 8 history curriculum, which means a few lucky schools around Perth get the full House Darksun experience as part of their studies! A day of combat demonstrations, archery, armouring, chain mail making, dancing and learning to swordfight – what could be better?!

Fighters at Wesley


War in the West 2017

War is coming once more! The biggest and best HEMA event on the West Coast will be waged across 3 days and 3 tournaments; sword & buckler, rapier & longsword - details & registration here!

War in the West 2017


Junck ritter lere with Jens Kleinau - Perth, July 8 & 9, 2017

Jens Kleinau from ZORNHAU - historische Fechtkunst e.V. is touring Australia and is joining us in Perth for two days of Historical European Martial Arts!

Over the two days, Jens will cover longsword, messer, sword & buckler and dagger based on his extensive interpretation and research into Masters Hans Talhoffer, and Johannes Liechtenauer.

Tickets are $150 per person for both days - registration is open until July 1 and places are limited so get in quick! Register here!

Junck ritter lere with Jens Kleinau


Double Trouble with Axel & Kristine - 15-16 April, 2017

It's our great pleasure to bring two of the most prolific and accomplished HEMA practitioners to Perth for the first time. Kristine Konsmo and Axel Pettersson will be joining us to spend two full days exploring longsword and sword & buckler - come along and learn from some of the best!

Check out the event here.

Axel and Kristine in Perth


Festival of the Sword (Melbourne) - April 22-25, 2017

Festival of the Sword '17 is a four day Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) Convention. Fencers will have the option to compete in longsword, sword and rapier events as well as the 'Grand Duel' event on the Tuesday afternoon.
Seminars and workshops will be held across the 4 days from leading national and international HEMA instructors.

Festival of the Sword 2017


Swordplay 2017 (Brisbane) - 7-10 September, 2017

Aside from 3 days of competitions, Swordplay offers the chance to cross blades with some of the best swords people in Australia as well as HEMA workshops across the event.
This year Swordplay is hosted at an indoor venue for the first time! There will be medium and open categories for Rapier, Sword and Buckler, Longsword, and Sabre

View full event details here.

Swordplay 2016


York Medieval Fayre - 24 September, 2017

It's on again and this year the York Medieval Fayre is bigger than last year!
Come along and support this local community event with all proceeds going to charity.

 

Ursa Major at York

 


War in the West - 28-30 October, 2017

House Darksun hosted their first national tournament in 2015 and we had so much fun we did it again in 2016! The event continues to grow and 2017 will bigger with more fencing than you can poke a longsword at!
Full event details, including registration and schedule are here.

War in the West 2017


Keith Farrell - The Five Words of Liechtenauer - 27-28 August, 2016

 A man who needs no introduction within the HEMA community, House Darksun is excited to be hosting Keith Farrell – a senior instructor at the Academy of Historical Arts (Scotland) during the last week of August 2016.
Keith has authored Scottish Broadsword and British Singlestick and the AHA German Longsword Study Guide and is a regular contributor to the Encased in Steel online blog, publishing an anthology from the blog in 2015.

Between Aug 27-28th Keith will be taking an in depth look at the 5 words of Liechtenauer (aka ‘Bloody Good Fun with Longswords’) in Perth, WA. That’s 2 full days from this amazing teacher! Using a methodical approach to skill development combined with Keith’s knowledge of teaching models and theories has helped create healthy, stimulating learning environment for swift personal development at HEMA conventions around the globe. Keith has delivered workshops at Swordfish, Dreynevent, Iron Gate Exhibition, HEMAC conventions in Scotland, France and Italy, Fightcamp and TaurHEMAchia to name a few. This event is a must for any historical European martial artist.

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