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5 10, 2017

Sunday Sparring – 1st October 2017

2017-10-05T23:17:47+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Dagger, Godalming, Rapier, Sword & Buckler|

Sunday sparring was in Godalming this past Sunday with a good turnout of students from both Godalming and Reading.

These free sessions for students  who have passed their safety test allow them to get in some valuable sparring time, practising the techniques they’ve learnt in our training sessions.  It allows them to spar with people they don’t normally train with as well as try out some fun weapon combinations that are not part of our curriculum.

1 10, 2017

Broadwater Bucklerthon 2017

2017-10-01T19:10:35+00:00 October 1st, 2017|Events|

This year’s Broadwater Bucklerthon will be held at our Godalming training location on 18th November 2017 from 12 noon until 5pm

Broadwater Bucklerthon is an informal sword and buckler tournament aimed at people that have yet to reach a quarter final in any weapon, who will compete in a nylon open.

Minimum kit: gloves, mask, gorget, chest protector, jacket, back of head
Recommended kit: knee, elbow, shin protection, groin guard

The tournament will run in a king of the hill format: winner stays on. Judges/scorekeepers will record who won and who lost each exchange to be totalled up at the end to see who goes through to compete in quarter finals.

There will be a maximum of 10 people to a pool. Fighting will last for 60 minutes or to 60 bouts – whichever comes first. Competitors will have numbers attached.

Scoring will be as follows (note this is much the same as the system used at the International Rapier Seminar recently)
clean hit = win,
double/afterblow = both lose and next pair on

The judge may ask fencers to confirm using an honour system. Each fencer will be allowed one protest if a score goes against them but good sportsmanship will be encouraged i.e. honesty about hits received

The judge will confide good technicality to the scorekeeper and the competitor with the most technical points will win a technical prize.

Register here, the cost of entry is £10: https://manager.dojoexpert.com/student/register.aspx?g=ab9364b2-8766-4faf-8c5d-12245f493f5d&j

The event will be followed by dinner at a local pub.

29 09, 2017

Godalming Training – 27th September 2017

2017-10-01T17:22:12+00:00 September 29th, 2017|Godalming, Rapier, Sword & Buckler|

Wednesday night saw our regular training session in Godalming.

Fran worked with the beginners partaking on our 6 week introduction course to the foundations of swordplay.  Meanwhile Lynette taught the rapier class whilst Adrian took the Bolognese group.

28 09, 2017

Reading Training – 25th September 2017

2017-10-01T17:03:22+00:00 September 28th, 2017|Dagger, Rapier, Reading, Sword & Buckler|

Last Monday, our students gathered in Reading for our regular training session with three streams of training on offer.

Simon worked with the be ginners progressing towards their safety test.  Jay worked with the Bolognese group and Pim took the rapier & dagger lesson.

25 09, 2017

Sunday Sparring – 24th September 2017

2017-09-24T21:26:21+00:00 September 25th, 2017|Dagger, Godalming, Rapier, Reading, Sword & Buckler|

Students from both Godalming and Reading gathered in Hawley on Sunday for our regular Sunday Sparring event.

These free sessions for students  who have passed their safety test allow them to get in some valuable sparring time, practising the techniques they’ve learnt in our training sessions.  It allows them to spar with people they don’t normally train with as well as try out some fun weapon combinations that are not part of our curriculum.

24 09, 2017

Godalming Training – 20th September 2017

2017-09-24T21:15:46+00:00 September 24th, 2017|Godalming, Rapier, Sword & Buckler|

Students gathered in Godalming on Wednesday night for our weekly training session.

Lynette took the rapier group, whilst Adrian taught sword & buckler and Fran worked with the beginners on the foundations of swordplay as part of their beginners’ course.

24 09, 2017

Reading Training – 18th September 2017

2017-09-24T21:09:15+00:00 September 24th, 2017|Dagger, Rapier, Sword & Buckler|

Monday saw our regular training session in Reading.

Matt worked with beginners working towards their safety test, Jay took the Bolognese class and Pim taught rapier & dagger.

24 09, 2017

Sunday Sparring – 17th September 2017

2017-09-24T20:56:09+00:00 September 24th, 2017|Dagger, Reading, Sword & Buckler|

Students gathered in Reading last Sunday for our regular Sunday Sparring event.  There were a range of weapons in play including sideswords, daggers, longsword and sword & buckler.

These free sessions for students  who have passed their safety test allow them to get in some valuable sparring time, practising the techniques they’ve learnt in our training sessions.  It allows them to spar with people they don’t normally train with as well as try out some fun weapon combinations that are not part of our curriculum.

19 09, 2017

The School Of The Sword Makes Seattle Press

2017-09-17T23:24:30+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Press|

Head Instructor, Fran Terminiello, was recently in Seattle to teach a number of workshops at the Swordsquatch event.  Whilst there she was interviewed by local newspaper, The Stranger.

It’s good to see word of the school reaching around the world, and a fun article on someone’s first experiences of HEMA and its community.  Be sure to check it out HERE (although if there’s one correction:  Fran isn’t LIKE a matriarch, she IS the matriarch!)

18 09, 2017

The School Of The Sword Wins Multiple Medals At Wessex League Bristol

2017-09-18T12:44:26+00:00 September 18th, 2017|Dagger, Rapier, Trophies|

The School of The Sword turned up en masse in Bristol this past weekend to compete in the inaugural first event in the Wessex League.  The Wessex League is a series of tournaments aimed at all HEMA practitioners that want to experience competition for the first time or to step up their game. It has the format of international HEMA competition while remaining accessible and friendly.

Members of the school performed well in competition, with us taking away a number of medals and currently ranking a very solid first in the team competition.

  • Maria Makarova – Gold Ladies Longsword, Gold Ladies Sabre
  • Fran Terminiello – Silver Ladies Longsword, Bronze Ladies Sabre
  • Jay Maxwell – Gold Open Rapier & Dagger
  • Adrian Faulkner – Silver Open Rapier & Dagger

Congratulations to all the winners!