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7 12, 2016

Reading Training – 5th December 2016

December 7th, 2016|Rapier, Reading, Sword & Buckler|

Our rapier stream really got into the spirit of rapier & cloak on Monday night.  Aside from being pictures of Renaissance sartorial elegance they found time for Matt to guide them through a number of plays using the cloak as a companion weapon with very effective results.

Meanwhile, Pim took the Bolognese group through hitting deep targets and Stewart worked with the beginners working towards their safety test.

5 12, 2016

Godalming Adds Two New Studenti

December 5th, 2016|Godalming|

We never tire of seeing our students progress.  It’s a sign of their hard work and dedication.  When students start as Candidati with The Sword of the School they spend many weeks working on the fundamentals, getting a solid foundation that will carry them forward as they progress through the school.   To become one of our Studenti they have to pass our safety test.

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

On Wednesday night, Sarah and Luke became the latest of our students to join the ranks of the Studente.  Congratulations to both of them!

4 12, 2016

Godalming Training – 30th November 2016

December 4th, 2016|Dagger, Godalming, Rapier, Sword & Buckler|

Another busy night in Godalming on Wednesday night with a lot of study on guards, including a quiz for the beginners.

Pim took the Bolognese group whilst Lynette went through Fabris with the rapier & dagger group.  Meanwhile, Fran worked with the beginners working towards their safety test.

2 12, 2016

Reading Training – 28th November 2016

December 2nd, 2016|Dagger, Rapier, Reading, Sword & Buckler|

It was an evening of sartorial elegance at Reading on Monday night as, under the tutelage of Matt,  the rapier group began a block of training on the use of rapier & cloak.

Meanwhile the beginners continued their work towards the safety test and Pim took the Bolognese group.

2 12, 2016

Reading Comic Con – 26th / 27th November 2016

December 2nd, 2016|Events|

The School of the Sword was present at the first ever Reading Comic Con this past week.  Students from both our Reading and Godalming salle turned up over the two days to give demonstrations of the various weapons we train with.  Not only did it educate the public about what we do and some of the differences between the fights they see in videogames and television with what happens in reality, it also gave our students hours to get some extra practise in.

27 11, 2016

Godalming Training – 23rd November 2016

November 27th, 2016|Dagger, Godalming, Rapier, Sword & Buckler|

Wednesday night saw our regular training session in Godalming with three different streams of learning.

Lynette worked with the rapier group on Fabris, whilst Adrian took the Bolognese group. Meanwhile Fran worked with the Beginners completeing their 6-week beginner’s course.

26 11, 2016

Reading Welcomes New Studente

November 26th, 2016|Reading, Sword & Buckler|

It’s a busy time for our beginners groups at our Reading salle. After many weeks of hard work learning the foundations of swordplay we’re seeing a number of students ready to take the safety test that they need to pass in order to progress onto sparring and other training streams.

Congratulations to Alessandro and Tom who on Monday night became the latest members to pass their safety test and rise from the rank of Candidati to Studente.

25 11, 2016

School of the Sword At Reading Comic Con This Weekend

November 25th, 2016|Events|

It’s Reading Comic Con this weekend and The School of the Sword will be in attendance on both days doing demonstrations and answering questions. If you’ve ever wondered what it is we do or want to find out more about the school or you’ve just always wondered what historical fencing is like then come along to the event and see us in action.

For more details, check out the Reading Comic Con Facebook page.

25 11, 2016

Reading Training – 21st November 2016

November 25th, 2016|Dagger, Rapier, Reading, Sword & Buckler|

Monday saw our regular training night in Reading. Students turned out en force to take part in one of three streams.

Pim worked with the bolognese group whilst Adrian helped the beginners preparing for their safety test. There was also a third sparring stream allowing students to put some of the techniques they have learnt from previous weeks into practise.

21 11, 2016

School of the Sword Represented at Helsinki Bolognese Open

November 21st, 2016|Events|

Whilst tournaments represent just a small part of what we do in the school (not every student wishes to compete), we are fortunate that we have a growing cadre of fencers who are representing the school in competition around the world.

Although many of our students were fencing at the Broadwater Bucklerthon, School of the Sword was also represented at the Helsinki Bolognese Open in Finland this past weekend.

Our representative, Jay Maxwell, managed to progress to the Quarter Finals.  Thanks to him for representing the school.  Congratulations to the winners.

Photos by Timo Toropainen, used with permission.