Welcome to Invirtus
We are a Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) club based in Belgium, offering classes in Longsword, dagger and unarmed combat.
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Invirtus New Year Reception - Pellenberg
No training in Aarschot!
Bunny Bash Lite - Kontich
No training in Aarschot!
Invirtus New Year's Reception
In February 2022 we had our yearly New Year's reception (a bit late, but it still counts, ok!?). We gathered at the impressive estate of one of our members, where we had the use of an idyllic meadow for a special training. The only catch: we had to move some firewood first! At Invirtus however, that just makes for a more fun warmup!
We started with a training focussed on sparring, with dedicated exercises, our in-house sparring game and finally free sparring with a variety of weapons. After this, we joined around a massive campfire for pizza, kebab, and plenty of mead! One of our members whipped out his guitar and introduced us to the magnificent tale of Ragnar the Red, eventually leading to a raucous Disney-medley singalong (yes, we're that kind of club).
Bunny Bash 2022
One of the local events we simply love participating in is the Bunny Bash! As Covid had put a stop to pretty much every HEMA event for the past two years, we were excited to be a part of the 2022 edition.
An Invirtus delegation travelled to Kontich, Antwerp for two days of interesting workshops, plenty of sparring, and especially: fun and fairplay. We're looking forward to the 2023 edition already!
Invirtus Club Weekend
In October 2021 we were once again able to organize our annual Club Weekend. These are three days we spend fencing, training, and teaching each other workshops, but also socializing, playing board games and generally having a good time! This year we again gathered at the Bloso Sportsdomain in Hofstade, which is an excellent and quite cheap location with good food and comfortable bunk beds!
We had a packed agenda, with workshops on dagger/wrestling and armoured fencing, as well as a full-blown club tournament! In the finals, Tim "Who's your daddy" Ciroux faced of against Joris "Tiny House" Vanbinnenbeek, who was able to take the gold in an exciting match. As a team building exercise, we invited over an event organiser to do some Scottish highland games. Many things were thrown and carried impressive distances! As a special treat, trainer Jem performed his impressive firestaff show!
Invirtus Sparring Day
On Saturday December 11 2021, we had an in-promptu club sparring day / tournament. The "Belgian Beginners Competition", which was set to take place on this day, was sadly cancelled due to COVID measures. Instead, one of our enterprising members rented a sportshall (we normally train outside) and organized an exciting tournament!
The goal of the tournament was first and foremost to make sure everyone had fun and was able to have as many fights as possible. Members were split into two groups in which everyone would fight everyone else. In the end, there wasn't even time for proper finals (we still haven't held them...), but that was ok, as everyone had a good time and learned a lot!
Definitely something to repeat in the future!