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31 12, 2016

Josh Davis Wins 2017 Scholarship Award

2016-12-27T12:39:43+00:00 December 31st, 2016|Dagger, Rapier|

Josh Davis was awarded the 2017 Scholarship Award at the School of the Sword Xmas Meal.

The award, which sees the school send the recipient to an international tournament, is awarded to a student who has shown great technical ability.  Despite only having been studying historical fencing for a few years, Josh has already competed in a number of international competitions, placing fourth in rapier & dagger at the International Rapier Seminar.

Josh will represent the school at a tournament in 2017.  Congratulations Josh.

30 12, 2016

Jay Maxwell Wins 2016 Scholarship Award

2016-12-27T12:31:42+00:00 December 30th, 2016|Trophies|

Jay Maxwell is the recipient of the 2016 Scholarship Award.

The award is given to a student who has shown great technical ability and awards them with the school sending them to an international competition to represent The School of the Sword.  Jay was sent to the Helsinki Bolognese Open  back in November where he progressed to the Quarter Finals.

29 12, 2016

Ian Morley Wins 2016 Dagger of Honour Award

2016-12-27T12:24:27+00:00 December 29th, 2016|Trophies|

Ian Morley is the 2016 winner of the Dagger of Honour award.

Given annually to an outstanding student, Ian has proved himself to be more than a worthy recipient.  He has acted as the school’s quartermaster arranging T-shirt orders for those on our 6 week beginner’s course.  He’s also organised orders for wicking shirts as well as those for various events we’ve either attended or helped organise.  He also took on managing the dues, taking a register of students at both Reading and Godalming events, invoicing students for training attended, and then subsequently chasing up payment.

As part of his award, Ian gets to look after the dagger for the next year.

Congratulations, Ian.

28 12, 2016

The School of the Sword Xmas Party – 23rd December 2016

2016-12-27T12:11:34+00:00 December 28th, 2016|Godalming, Reading, social|

Friday night saw The School of the Sword’s annual Xmas social.  Students from both Reading and Godalming met up for a festive meal.  Both Fran and Matt gave speeches giving thanks to all those who have assisted them in the past year and allowed the school to continue to grow.  There were also a number of awards given out.

27 12, 2016

Godalming Bring-A-Weapon Party – 21st December 2016

2016-12-27T12:05:07+00:00 December 27th, 2016|Dagger, Godalming, Rapier, Sword & Buckler|

Wednesday saw the last training session of the year and Godalming’s Bring-A-Weapon party.

Students got to spin a wheel to choose the weapons they would fight with, leading to some interesting and entirely one-sided fights.  It also gave students a chance to fight with weapons they may never have used before.  Good fun was had by all and it was the perfect way to finish what has been a very busy year for the school.

23 12, 2016

Reading Bring-A-Weapon Party – 19th December 2016

2016-12-23T00:15:25+00:00 December 23rd, 2016|Dagger, Rapier, Reading, Sword & Buckler|

It was the last training session in Reading for the year on Monday, which could mean only one thing… our annual Bring-A-Weapon Party.

Students brought every weapon they could lay their hands on from small swords & montantes, through boken and bo staffs, to weird and wonderful from science fiction & fantasy.  Students who felt brave could pick weapons from the hat of doom which lead to weird and wonderful (and entirely one-sided) match ups.

We ended the evening with a melee where it wasn’t exactly clear who was on which side at any given time.

22 12, 2016

Godalming Training – 14th December 2016

2016-12-22T23:52:04+00:00 December 22nd, 2016|Dagger, Godalming, Rapier, Sword & Buckler|

Last Wednesday we officially welcomed and celebrated three of our “crossover” members, students who trained elsewhere before, or alongside their training with the School, with some excellent fights in their investiture assessments.

Part of the exam was a technical display which all three brought their own fighting expressions into. Well done to Mark, Lynette and James!

19 12, 2016

Xmas Training Notice

2016-12-19T11:34:23+00:00 December 19th, 2016|Godalming, Reading|

It’s once again that festive time of year when we eat too much, drink too much and training venues close for the xmas break.  Therefore students should be aware of our last training sessions of the year.

Reading – the last session of the year will be 19th December 2016.  HOWEVER, please note that due to the venue closing early the session will be at the earlier time of 7pm – 9pm

Godalming – the last session will be on 21st December 2016.

Of course, that does mean those sessions will be our traditional Bring-A-Weapon parties where all those who have passed their safety test get to fight with any weird & crazy weapon combinations they care to try.  Tomahawk and Montante anyone?

14 12, 2016

Reading Training – 12th December 2016

2016-12-19T11:18:27+00:00 December 14th, 2016|Rapier, Reading, Sword & Buckler|

Monday saw our regular training session in Reading with multiple streams of training on offer to our students.

Matt continued his work with the rapier stream on rapier & cloak, Pim looked at deep targets with sword and buckler in the Bolognese stream, and Stewart worked with the students who recently passed their safety test.

12 12, 2016

Godalming Training – 7th December 2016

2016-12-19T11:13:36+00:00 December 12th, 2016|Dagger, Godalming, Rapier, Sword & Buckler|

Despite being that time of year when family commitments, christmas shopping and office parties get in the way of training we had a good turnout on Wednesday with three streams of training.

Fran worked with the beginners progressing towards their safety test, whilst Pim took theBolognese stream through some sword & buckler.  Meanwhile, Lynette continued her work with the rapier & dagger group on Fabris.