Julian Garry

Sabre and pistol

He discovered HEMA in 2010 when he joined De Taille et d’Estoc. He rapidly focalized on the study of Nineteenth century military HEMA, with bayonnet, saber, on foot or on horseback. Joined HEMAC in 2012.
Joined the director board of the French HEMA Federation in 2014. He started studying modern history at the University of Burgundy in 2016 and published his first work on the history of bayonet fencing.

The result of his research on bayonet fencing was published in 2018. Then he started a thesis on “War Fencing in the French Army in the XIXth and XXth century.”

He is a saber fencing instructor in Dijon and frequently participates in French and European HEMA events, giving workshops and lectures since 2012.

“The second hand in Sabre Fencing”

Sources on military and civilian sabre fencing rarely approach the possibility of having a weapon or and object in your left hand. Yet, there is a few exceptions allowing the soldier or the officer to do so. This workshop will focus on two specific cases related to two different objects.

Sabre and Pistol: The only source (to our knowledge) that mentions the possibility of fighting with a pistol in your left hand is a British manuscript written by William Pringle Green and kept at the Royal Maritime Museum in Greenwich. The first half of this workshop will be dedicated to using the pistol to parry and understanding the changes it brings to the dynamic of the fight.

Sabre and scabbard: Augustin Chambon’s treaty, published in 1911 and
digitised by the PALAS project of the French HEMA Federation in 2018, is one of the most peculiar sources on sabre fencing of the French corpus. Written for officers, its versatility, pragmatism and formidable technical efficiency are surprising. The use of the scabbard with the left hand offers unique possibilities in combat and make this source one of the rare methods of fencing with two weapons (especially in the XIXth century). The second half of the workshop will focus on this method.

Skill level of Participants:

Beginners welcome. Fencers with more experience will appreciate this unusual type of fencing.

Students will need: 

Fencing mask and gloves, sabre simulator (metal or plastic) and scabbard (a stick will do nicely). I could provide some pistol simulator, or you can use a dagger.”