San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Saturday - German Longsword
Doors Open 9:30 am
Seminar runs 10:00 am to 5:00 pm with a 1 hour lunch break.
Sunday - Messer & Poleaxe
Doors Open 9:30 am - Seminar runs 10 am to 3 pm with a 1 hour lunch break.
Required Equipment: Longsword, Messer, Poleaxe or Staff, Gloves and Fencing Mask.
Christian Tobler Biography
Christian Henry Tobler has been a longtime student of swordsmanship, especially as it applies to the pursuit of the chivalric ideals. A passionate advocate of the medieval Liechtenauer School, his work in translating and interpreting Sigmund Ringeck's commentary firmly established him as an important contributor to the growing community of Western martial artists. This work is encapsulated in the 2001 title Secrets of German Medieval Swordsmanship: Sigmund Ringeck's Commentaries on Johannes Liechtenauer's Verse. A training guide for modern practitioners,Fighting with the German Longsword, followed in 2004. His most recent work prior to [In Saint George's Name: An Anthology of Medieval German Fighting Arts] is In Service of the Duke: The 15th Century Fighting Treatise of Paulus Kal, a facsimile, translation, and analysis of a lavishly illustrated Fechtbuch.
Mr. Tobler was born in 1963 in Paterson, New Jersey. A graduate of the University of Bridgeport's computer engineering program, Mr. Tobler has worked as a software developer, product manager, and marketing specialist in the analytical instrumentation and publishing fields. He is the Grand Master of the Order of Selohaar, an eclectic, mystic order of chivalry that he co-founded in 1979. A veteran of 20 years of tournament fighting, he is also an avid collector of reproduction arms and armour.
He has been focused on the study of medieval Fechtbücher since the late 1990s. He has taught classes at the Schola St. George Swordplay Symposium, in the San Francisco Bay area, and at four of the annual Western Martial Arts Workshops, appeared as a guest on Cablevision News Channel 12's daily program "The Exchange", and has traveled the United States teaching numerous weekend-long seminars. He has also lectured at the 38th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan. In 2002 he was named to the Advisory Board of Swordplay Symposium International (SSI).
Mr. Tobler lives in the United States, in rural Oxford, Connecticut, with his wife Maureen Chalmers, where he teaches a weekly class on Medieval German combat, surrounded by far too many books and pieces of arms and armour for the size house that they live in.