2011 CSUF Pumpkin Launch (Lots of good stuff here!)

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Myles Cupp
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2011 CSUF Pumpkin Launch (Lots of good stuff here!)

Postby Myles Cupp » Fri Nov 11, 2011 6:55 pm

It's been awhile since a post has been made in Kron's little corner of the HEMAA forum and that just won't do, especially since Kron is anything but inactive right now. Don't believe me? Well, just take a look here and behold Kron's second year of participation in the annual Cal State Fullerton Pumpkin Launch.

This year our booth was ideally situated right by the entrance and food trucks, an ideal vantage point for the many thousands of visitors who reportedly came to the event. Fairer weather than last year is probably why so many more came out to the event.
In addition to our tented pavilion and table displaying the various weapons of our craft (mainly rapier, longsword and dagger), we sparred almost continuously throughout the event, giving onlookers something to watch while they stood in endless lines waiting for hot dogs and crepes.

After about half an hour to capture people's attention, we began running fifteen minute mini-classes throughout the day for folks of all (and I mean ALL!) ages. These classes ran almost continuously throughout the day and only stopping when the actual pumpkin launching took place. Many children were so enthralled with the classes that after one ended they went right back in line to do it again.

Now of course, text can only do so much justice to the awesome fun everyone had at this event so why not check out some of the video we took of our exhibition freeplay and classes?

Myself versus Justin:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzB_38m8 ... ideo_title

Justin and I half-swording:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knmo-G4O ... ideo_title

Anthony and John practicing their ringen:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qx5cSzzo ... re=related

Justin and RJ working on some longsword:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0baY-nEa ... re=related

Justin and RJ working on some more longsword:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0J88Ysq ... re=related

Anthony and I doing some rapier and dagger with Cold Steel rubber training daggers:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lODSRPbq ... re=related

And the best video I think, kids as far as the eye can see learning HEMA:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpCiQOl5 ... re=related

Finally, RJ took plenty of great pictures as well. Check them out here, they are awesome pictures (some samples below):

At this event, Brian and I did some work on a wholly undeveloped system of rapier... rapier & sandvich:

Om nom nom nom:

Discovering that my hitpoints were draining, I started eating my FOOD:

Girata and sandvich:

My turn to practice sandvich voids:

Off-sandvich parrying:

Material components of the sandvich:

:) :) :D :D :P :P :lol: :lol:

All in all, and now in all seriousness, the Pumpkin Launch was a great event and we hope plenty of people became more educated about historical swordsmanship.

Before I conclude my post I want to give a shout-out to all the Kron members who participated:
RJ (who took great pictures)
Justin (a different Justin than the one I sparred, this one took the videos I posted)

If I forgot anyone just mortschlag me at next practice... or post here. :P
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Re: 2011 CSUF Pumpkin Launch (Lots of good stuff here!)

Postby RJ McKeehan » Sat Nov 12, 2011 12:45 pm

This was so much fun! I'm glad we got to have a lot of fun haha. :)

Some cute PR:


Rest of the gallery here: http://rjmckeehanphoto.com/pl2011
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Re: 2011 CSUF Pumpkin Launch (Lots of good stuff here!)

Postby Liam the Nomad » Sun Jan 22, 2012 5:02 pm

Hah! Sandvich and rapier, eh? Take a 'om nom' during the ghost-hit window and it fixes up the hit, right? :P

Anyhow, good stuff here! My brother got to go check it out while I had the esteemed honor of being under the weather. I was curious when he told me there was a KRON booth running, but I certainly hadn't expected a fighting ring worked in!
"Hark, sirrah! I am but a quivering mass of gelatin in the face of your good fortune!"

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Re: 2011 CSUF Pumpkin Launch (Lots of good stuff here!)

Postby Eamon Sheehy » Sun Jan 22, 2012 6:14 pm

You guys looked like you had your hands full that day. Getting tons of kids running around with massive weapons, I assume you have been trying to create a Kron militia? :P

Myles the rapier and sandwich is pure genius. All you need to do now is start writing your own manual or create an interesting set of sparring rules. Something along the lines of: Sandwich gives you restores 1 hitpoint, start with 2 hitpoints. Each stab removes one 1 hitpoint. Etc... Anyways, awesome to see that Kron had a big hit at the show!

And also Kron needs a catapault to fire at the contestants. Give them a real reason to hit those targets better :P And then we can battle in the middle with pumpkins exploded all around us.

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