North America's Largest Historical European Martial Arts Event Returns to Las Vegas for Fourth Year

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LAS VEGAS - June 12, 2015 - PRLog -- Las Vegas, NV, June 26-27-28, 2015 - CombatCon returns for their fourth year in Las Vegas, and will host the largest Historical European Martial Arts event in North America at the Palms Resort and Casino. Internationally known instructors and presenters from a dozen countries will be on staff to offer over a hundred classes and demonstrations in Western Martial Arts, stage combat, and self defence.

CombatCon is where Western Martial Arts (WMA) like fencing and swordfighting are taught side-by-side with pop culture classes such as fighting like a superhero and theatrical combat. One can take WMA instruction from internationally known masters, learn fighting styles made famous by pop culture like Sherlock Holmes' bartitsu, and take theatrical fighting or stunt classes for stage and screen. Self-defence and practical courses taught by ex-military are also offered.

Jared Kirby, President of CombatCon and 20 year WMA and Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA)  instructor/practitioner, says he's "proud to offer a big tent for everyone to come together under." In addition to combat-themed classes and 8 HEMA tournaments, attendees will find panels discussing how to break into theatre and films, authors explaining how to achieve authenticity in writing combat and action scenes, and discussions on historical warrior culture. Demos will be offered from open to close, the expohall will be stocked with weaponry, armor, apparel, games, artwork, crafts, and other curiosities, and on Saturday night there will be a cosplay contest and Time Traveler's Ball. "It is amazing to see so many passionate people with varied interests come together and have a blast!" Kirby adds.

The event is expected to attract an estimated 1,000-1,500 participants and spectators. Twenty-year WMA practitioner and Media Coordinator Kristi Charron says "CombatCon is a great place for families to check out It's historical, educational, and fun!" The cosplay contest, which is open to all ages, is a popular draw for families. "The Palms Casino Resort is an ideal place for this event," explains Kirby. "It's easy for locals to get to, and a welcome escape for those visiting from out of town."

Western Martial Arts and Historical European Martial Arts are the arts of self-defense and combat of Europe and the Americas. They include many forms, systems, styles, and schools, all with the specific goal of keeping the practitioner safe in life and death combat. Some have become sports over time or have evolved into modern adaptations of the old material. The common element that they all share, however, is serious study, an adherence to the principles of martial arts, and a common European root.

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