Sots is once again proud to host the ESO2019 in February next year. This time it will be at our newest chapter in Historic Oxford. Our first sponsorship is from Kvetun Armory who will provide all the swords for the tournaments. News on classes, activities and competitions will be coming soon.
The School had eight reasons to celebrate after several members took part in the Wessex League’s second event of the year in Taunton this weekend. Congratulations to the following people:
Matthew Crane – open rapier and dagger 1st
Adrian Faulkner – open sword and buckler 2nd and open rapier and dagger 2nd
Emilia Skirmuntt – women’s sabre 1st and women’s longsword 3rd
Fran Terminiello – women’s sabre 2nd and women’s longsword 2nd
Stewart Hotston – open sword and buckler 3rd
Well done also to Andy Bone, Apollon Makropoulos, Chris Bear, James Barker, John Waller for some brilliant performances in both Sword & Buckler and Rapier & Dagger.
Preparations and training for Wessex League Cardiff are already under way.
Lead instructor Emilia taught the first class of the beginners course at our new chapter in Oxford this evening. We were fully booked as eager new students picked up the longsword for the first time and learned about the principles of longsword according to Fiore dei Liberi.
Classes take place each Thursday at Magdalen College School.
Reigning league champion for open r&d Stewart Hotston took gold in open rapier and dagger as well as silver in open sword and buckler.
And women’s longsword league winner 2017 Fran Terminiello took gold again in women’s longsword. Emilia Skirmuntt placed bronze. And for women’s rapier and dagger Fran and Emilia placed silver and bronze respectively. Well done to all SoTS members who not only competed admirably and with great skill but also worked hard to staff this event.
The league, in its second year, has several School members on the organising committee, Sots hosted the second chapter last year in Reading.
The next chapter takes place in Taunton on 29/30 September and is hosted by Taunton Longsword Association.
We had a busy session this afternoon in Godalming, with the Wessex League starting next Saturday in London it was probably not surprising that a lot of us wanted to hone our skills.
It was also the end of Mark’s block on Agrippa single sword so lots of people wanted to use the time to try out what they had learned.
On Wednesday Lynette will continue her block on rapier & dagger, and Simon will be joining us to look at sidesword and parrying gauntlet according to the Anonimo Bolognese as translated by Piermarco.
Several of our beginners in Godalming have levelled up to full membership recently. After taking their safety tests and being cleared for sparring, they can now attend all classes at all three sites as well as our regular sparring.
The test consists of several exercises to assess technical knowledge, skill and above all control.
Congratulations to Maria, Michael, Sarah, Joshua and Sebastian!
Today we held our opening of The School of the Sword Oxford, with Q&A sessions, mini classes, demonstrations and sparring.
We had an enthusiastic group of newcomers to HEMA who put in a great effort, and we look forward to welcoming them to our Beginners Course.
If you would like to sign up please fill in the registration form:
The School has always been praised for the quality of its teaching, and to maintain this level of tuition we run periodic gatherings of instructors to discuss and consolidate on teaching practices across the three sites. It was a very productive morning, with lots of insights and ideas shared among the senior members.