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22 02, 2017

Reading Training – 20th February 2017

February 22nd, 2017|Rapier, Reading, Sword & Buckler|

The hall was packed once again on Monday night at our regular Reading training session.

Matt worked with the Bolognese group on sword & buckler, Pim continued his stream on single rapier and Dan & Stewart worked with the beginners working their way through their foundation to swordplay.

21 02, 2017

Sunday Sparring – 19th February 2017

February 21st, 2017|Dagger, Godalming, Rapier, Sword & Buckler|

One of the fun things about Sunday sparring is that it often gives students a chance to experience weapons they’ve not trained with before, or even weapons that we don’t train as a school.  So as well as the usual mix of sidesword, single sidesword and buckler, rapier, and rapier & dagger, Sunday saw us playing with sabres, longswords and smallswords.

It was a fun, energetic session that left us all covered in sweat but with smiles on our faces.

19 02, 2017

Godalming Training – 15th February 2017

February 19th, 2017|Godalming, Rapier, Sword & Buckler|

Guardia Alta was a consistent theme tonight at our regular Wednesday night training session in Godalming with all of our training streams working with it.

Lynette continued with her work on introduction to single rapier whilst Adrian worked with the bolognese group on attacks from the guard.  Lizzie worked with beginners preparing for their safety test, whilst Fran worked with the new beginners on their introduction to swordplay.

18 02, 2017

Reading Training – 13th February 2017

February 18th, 2017|Rapier, Reading, Sword & Buckler|

It was another busy night in Reading on Monday where we warmed up with a couple of hectic games of Bucklerball!

Matt took the Bolognese stream, whilst Pim worked with those students interested in progressing their single rapier.  Meanwhile Stewart and Dan worked with the beginners on their foundation of swordplay.

12 02, 2017

Sunday Sparring – 12th February 2017

February 12th, 2017|Dagger, Godalming, Rapier, Reading, Sword & Buckler|

Students from both Godalming and Reading turned out on Sunday morning for the latest in our regular sparring sessions.   These provide an excellent opportunity for students to get some practical experience of using methods they learn in our training sessions.

There was a good mix of single rapier, rapier & dagger, and sword & buckler fights taking place over a fun, intense two hours.

10 02, 2017

Godalming Training – 8th February 2017

February 10th, 2017|Godalming, Rapier, Sword & Buckler|

It was a busy night at Godalming on Wednesday with two new blocks of training and the start of a new beginner’s group.

Fran took the new candidati through week 1 of their introduction to swordplay, Adrian worked with the Bolognese group on cuts from Manciolino whilst Lynette started an introduction to single rapier.

9 02, 2017

Another Godalming Student Passes Safety Test

February 9th, 2017|Godalming, Sword & Buckler|

Our Godalming salle saw yet another of our beginners pass their safety test on Wednesday night.

In order to pass the safety test students must demonstrate control, efficacy and knowledge of the cuts and guards of bolognese swordplay.

Congratulations to Rowan who rises to the rank of Studente and will now be able to progress to taking part in many of our other training streams as well as full sparring.

8 02, 2017

Reading Training – 6th February 2017

February 8th, 2017|Rapier, Reading, Sword & Buckler|

It was another busy night in Reading on Monday night with three streams of training on offer.

Stewart and Dan worked with the beginners on their introduction course, whilst Pim taught single rapier and Matt taught Bolognese sword & buckler.

7 02, 2017

School of The Sword Features Heavily In New International Rankings

February 7th, 2017|Dagger, Events, Rapier, Trophies|

The School of the Sword is a very diverse school, not just in terms of our students, but also in our aims.  Some students just come along for a bit of exercise and fun once a week, some are interested in translating and interpreting historical documents, and others are interested in taking part in tournaments around the world.

With so many different independent circuits, rule sets and events it’s been difficult to try and work out overall how HEMA practitioners stack up against each other.  However, a new site, called HEMAratings, has just been launched aimed at giving the international ranking for fighters across a range of disciplines.

The School of the Sword features heavily in a number of categories, including being the 3rd most represented school in the Rapier & Dagger category.  Even better, our very own Piermarco Terminiello has been ranked #1 in the discipline.

With more students reaching the skill level to be able to take part in international competitions we’re hopeful that our standing on the world stage will continue to improve through 2017 and into the future.

6 02, 2017

Untournament – 5th February 2017

February 6th, 2017|Dagger, Events, Rapier, Sword & Buckler, Trophies|

A number of School of the Sword students took part in the Untournament on Sunday.

Designed as a practise session for judges ahead of the Astolat HEMA open, it gave participants the opportunity to practise their skills with longsword, sword & buckler, or rapier & dagger against one another under tournament conditions.

All our students, from seasoned tournament fighters to those in their first competition, did the school proud with a number of students making the semi-finals in the Rapier & Dagger and Sword & Buckler competition.

Against skilled competition from across the UK, Piermarco Terminiello took first place in both the Rapier & Dagger, and Sword & Buckler competitions, whilst Stewart Hotston took third place in Sword & Buckler.