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20 01, 2017

School of the Sword Guaranteed Two Medals At Helsinki

January 20th, 2017|Events, Trophies|

Fantastic news out of Helsinki today as we’ve just heard that School of the Sword’s Pim Terminiello and Alexander Makarov will fight for gold in the rapier & dagger competition at the Helsinki Open this weekend.  This means that School of the Sword is already guaranteed gold and silver.

We obviously couldn’t be more proud and wish we could be there for what is likely to be a truly epic fight.

Best of luck to Kristofer Stanson and Andreas Isaksson who fight for bronze.

Thanks to Afterblow for letting us know and use of their picture!

 

 

 

19 01, 2017

Godalming Training – 18th January 2017

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

Our Godalming students gathered at Broadwater Sports Hall on Wednesday for our regular weekly training session.

Fran and Lizzie worked with the beginners, Adrian took the Bolognese stream and Pim taught a stream on the single rapier.

17 01, 2017

SOTS On Tour

January 17th, 2017|social|

What happens when you can’t make training because you are on holiday skiing but still want to practise?

Answer: you improvise.  A bunch of our students sent back these photos of them practising their skills in the Alps.  Anyone have a historical treatise on the ski pole?

17 01, 2017

Reading Training – 16th January 2017

January 17th, 2017|Rapier, Reading, Sword & Buckler|

It was our regular training session in Reading on Monday night with a good turnout of students.

Stewart and Dan took the beginners through the second week of their foundation course whilst Jay took the Bolognese and Pim took the single rapier stream.

15 01, 2017

Single Rapier Seminar – 15th January 2017

January 15th, 2017|Godalming, Rapier, Reading|

Students from both our Godalming and Reading salles gathered on Sunday for a special training seminar with School of the Sword senior instructor and former Swordfish champion, Phil Marshall.  Phil looked at single rapier and covered a number of fundamentals and micro improvements that benefited both students new to the weapon and those more experienced.  Everyone agreed it was a hugely beneficial day that will improve their use of the weapon.

14 01, 2017

Godalming Training – 11th January 2017

January 14th, 2017|Godalming, Rapier, Sword & Buckler|

Students turned up on Wednesday night for our regular weekly training session in Godalming.

Fran worked with the beginners progressing towards their safety test.  Meanwhile Pim started an introduction to single rapier in the rapier stream, whilst Adrian worked with the Bolognese group on improving their use of the buckler.

11 01, 2017

Reading Training – 9th January 2017

January 11th, 2017|Rapier, Reading, Sword & Buckler|

It was Reading’s first training session of the year and a new intake of beginners.  They worked with Stewart and Dan on the first week of their six week course on the fundamentals of Bolognese swordplay.

Meanwhile Matt took the Bolognese stream whilst Pim started a stream on introduction to single rapier.

10 01, 2017

Sunday Sparring – 8th January 2017

January 10th, 2017|Dagger, Godalming, Rapier, Reading, Sword & Buckler|

Students from both our Reading and Godalming salles convened in Hawley on Sunday as we welcomed the return of Sunday Sparring.  These sessions provide an excellent opportunity for our students to out into practise what they have learned at training as well as getting some much-needed sparring experience.  As always with The School of the Sword our students gave each other generous constructive feedback. We were also joined by famed sword maker, Marco Danelli.

After a good session, we retired to the pub to put on all the calories we’d lost during sparring.

9 01, 2017

Training – 4th January 2017

January 9th, 2017|Dagger, Godalming, Rapier, Sword & Buckler|

We had a very special and fun night of gradings on Wednesday with with over thirty people attending to see and participate in three senior students testing their skill.

An array of weapons such as rapier, dagger, cloak, sidesword and buckler were used; as well as a variety of situations. The final bout was carried out in darkness and with the addition of lanterns.

Congratulations Adrian and Simon on passing their Laureando assessments, and particularly to Matt, who has achieved the ultimate rank of Spadaccino. Well deserved all.

 

1 01, 2017

2016 Year In Review

January 1st, 2017|Godalming, Reading|

Senior Instructor, Fran Terminiello, has written a few words about The School of the sword in 2016

Despite what’s gone on in the outside world 2016 has been a fantastic year for The School.

Whether we hosted or helped with events – such as the International Rapier Seminar, Astolat, the Illka seminar, our popular introduction courses and the Broadwater Bucklerthon – or attended, fought and taught at them, from local tournaments to world class international championships, we have received compliments from all over, been respected and admired for our teaching, our conduct, performance, research and style.

These are things the School has built upon over the 14 years since its founding. Our students consistently epitomise professionalism while remaining a friendly and approachable group of people. And it is this team spirit and openness that is key to our success; our achievements inspire one another and others, rather than intimidate. They show what is possible.

If the last three years since the School shifted geographically and culturally have been about recruitment and growth of the school as a whole, the next three will focus on the development and individual growth of our members.

We will concentrate on the people that we have, those who have shown us that hard work, loyalty and sweat can bear more than just medals.

We are going to level up our training, deepen our understanding of the texts and broaden our knowledge of historical swordsmanship. We are going to do this together, and I look forward to seeing where 2017 will take us.