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18 08, 2018

The School of the Sword Oxford Grand Opening Day

2018-08-18T20:41:23+00:00August 18th, 2018|Events, Oxford, Uncategorized|

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:

17 07, 2018

Albion Cup 2018

2018-07-17T09:58:28+00:00July 17th, 2018|Events, Rapier, social, Sword & Buckler, Trophies|





 

 

 

 

 

 

On 6-8 July we held the inaugural Albion Cup – a multi-discipline tournament event that we hope to reproduce each year. We had seventy attendees from the UK, France, the Netherlands, Ireland, Norway and Italy. The weekend was blessed with beautiful sunshine and we picked a very pleasant venue in Belmont School, a beautiful site snuggled in the forests of the Surrey Hills in Holmbury St Mary near Dorking. Attendees were able to camp on site or sleep in the hall which made everything very manageable.

The tournaments began on Saturday with open longsword, followed by women’s sword & buckler and then rapier & dagger. There was a good showing of women in the S&B tournament and the quality of the fencing in all competitions was brilliant.


   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first day ended in the form of entertainment with the “Renaissance Fencer” matches: a series of showfights between preselected pairs of fencers who train in multiple weapons. Each pair had to
fence continuously with matched weapons for two minutes each with a 1 minute break in between. The order was longsword, then sabre, then rapier & dagger and ending with sword & buckler. We had 4 pairs who took part including instructors Fran vs Emilia, and Piermarco vs Håvard Eidheim from Norway. It was a gruelling but fun spectacle and the crowd cheered on all the participants.

 

After a night of celebrations in the nearby pub, the second day picked up the packed schedule once more with sabre, then smallsword, open sword & buckler and women’s longsword – again with a very healthy number of participants which is encouraging to see. The quality of the fencing throughout was excellent, and we began the prizegiving with a traditional ‘Fechtschule’ where the participants each voted for the best technical fencer of the weekend. The clear winner was Håvard , and his prize was the coveted ‘Albion’ bastard sword: forged and sharpened by our platinum sponsors Balefire Blades.

The School put in a brilliant performance, in terms of competition, organisation and volunteering. Thank you to all that took part. Notable competitors are Adrian who climbed 26 places on HEMA Ratings, winning all his pool matches in rapier & dagger and sword & buckler. Another climber is Mikolaj who climbed a staggering 440 places in sword & buckler, also winning all of his pool fights. SotS Oxford leader Emilia climbed 22 places in women’s longsword to 25th, and Katie climbed an impressive 47 places, also in women’s longsword.


We take this opportunity to say thank you to all of our participants, we wouldn’t be able to put on such a big event without you. We especially thank our hard working volunteers, some of whom travelled great distances simply to donate their time and make the Albion Cup such a great success, and some who couldn’t event be there but put in the organisational hours just to make it happen. With gratitude to Jon Rolph, Sue Kirk, Alejandro Cortes Garcia, Chris & Alicia of Balefire who also acted as armourers for the event, James Wiggins, Artur Agustyniak, Stewart Hotston, Jay Maxwell, Richard Hughes, Emma Smith, Emma Holding, Jon Middleton, Josh Davis, Alexander Davis, Chris Bear, Dan Skellon and many more.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The organisational committee also included Pim, Fran, Masha, Matt, Adrian and Sasha.

And of course, the wonderful prizes and donations from our generous sponsors are what added sparkle to this fun event:

Balefire Blades

Kvetun Armoury

THOKK – Historical Fencing

Neyman Fencing

Silkfencing Team

Rearguard

Sparring Gloves

Sword Experts

Hematees

Rui Ferreira Art

Broken Anvil

Malleus Martialis Swords

ProGauntlet

Special thanks to Enrica Angiolini Art for designing our logo.

The tournament finalists were as follows:

Women’s sword & buckler

1st Maria Makarova The School of the Sword
2nd Fran Terminiello The School of the Sword
3rd Hanne Eik Pilskog Fekteklubben Frie Duellister

 

 

 

 

 

Women’s Longsword

1st Tosca Beuming De Zwaardkring
2nd Emilia Cecylia Skirmuntt The School of the Sword
3rd Michela D’Orlando Ordine delle Lame Scaligere

 

 

 

 

 

 

Open sword and buckler

1st Alexander Makarov The School of the Sword
2nd Jay Maxwell The School of the Sword
3rd Håvard Lund Eidheim Fekteklubben Frie Duellister

 

 

 

 

Open Smallsword

1st Håvard Lund Eidheim Fekteklubben Frie Duellister
2nd Rowan Skilbeck Waterloo Sparring Group
3rd Jay Maxwell The School of the Sword

 

 

 

 

Open longsword

1st Alexander Makarov The School of the Sword
2nd Thomas Couturier La Salle d’Armes – Escrime Ancienne: SA-EA
3rd Federico Dall’Olio La Salle d’Armes – Escrime Ancienne: SA-EA

 

 

 

 

 

Open sabre

1st Tim Fuke London Longsword Academy
2nd Rowan Skilbeck Waterloo Sparring Group
3rd Pedro San Miguel Schola Gladiatoria

 

 

 

 

 

Open rapier and dagger

1st Håvard Lund Eidheim Fekteklubben Frie Duellister
2nd Alexander Makarov The School of the Sword
3rd Matthew Crane The School of the Sword

 

 

 

 

 

Best technical fencer overall – as voted by all attendees:

Håvard Lund Eidheim Fekteklubben Frie Duellister

Well done to all the finalists!

Thanks to Richard Hughes for the photos.

 

22 06, 2018

Annual Awards 2018

2018-06-22T11:45:48+00:00June 22nd, 2018|Dagger, Events, Godalming, Reading, social, Uncategorized|

Recently we held a summer social event consisting of a potluck and test cutting session, it was a lot of fun and a great opportunity to get the students from Reading and Godalming together. Lead instructors Fran and Matt, of Godalming and Reading respectively, took the opportunity to announce the annual awards:

The Scholarship Award

This is given to the student who has stood out for their research and interpretive work on historical fencing texts. This can be someone at any level but given that the Laureando and Spadaccino gradings both contain a written submission it tends to be students at these stages in their careers who are eligible. The prize is cash to be spent on fencing books or manuals, and the nominees (pending receipt and review of their written laureando pieces) are:

Kasten Harris
Simon Bowers
Josh Davis
Dan Skellon

 

The Endeavour Award

When a student reaches a certain level of competence: demonstrates good all round skill with weapons, applies themselves in class and demonstrates an adherence to the texts and techniques taught, they are eligible for the Endeavour Award. We grant this to the student who demonstrates all of the above and who we believe will make an excellent ambassador for the School. The prize is cash towards travel, accomodation and entry to an international event.

This year’s Endeavour Award goes to:

James Barker

 

The Dagger of Honour

This is our highest honour. The Dagger of Honour is the oldest award within the School and it is given to the student who has stood out in their services to the School, this can be in any number of ways.

This year’s winner has worked incredibly hard on the behalf of SotS: whether that’s travelling to teach workshops, to participate in tournaments (and win!), or arranging sponsorships and fantastic prizes with suppliers for the events that the school is involved in organising. The English Sidesword Open was the brainchild of this individual, and we thank them for their vision, passion and enthusiasm that inspired us to make it such a successful event, and we plan to repeat in years to come.

The winner of the Dagger of Honour 2018 was an easy decision, and that person is Jay Maxwell.

Well done to all the winners and nominees!

31 03, 2018

By the Sword 2018 – women’s HEMA weekend

2018-03-31T09:03:44+00:00March 31st, 2018|Events, Godalming, Rapier, social|

Senior Sots instructors Fran and Lizzie held this event for its second year in Godalming on 17 & 18 March. It was attended by over forty women – several Sots members among them – and all the classes were led by female instructors, including Emilia Skirmuntt who has taught as a guest instructor in Reading (and will soon be teaching rapier again in Godalming) and Maria Makarova: also from the School. Other instructors were Steph West from 1595 Club and TerryAnn Towers St Amand, who led the warm up and cooldown. There were classes in Fiore Longsword grapples, Saviolo Sidesword and Italian rapier.

The second day started with a Q&A panel with the instructors, chaired by Fran, followed by a novice tournament using boffers, and a steel tournament. In each competition there were randomly chosen but paired weapons.

Next year’s event is already in the can, with ten instructors and speakers! Watch this space.

30 03, 2018

English Sidesword Open

2018-03-30T21:01:14+00:00March 30th, 2018|Dagger, Events, Godalming, Trophies|

The inaugural English Sidesword Open took place in Godalming on the 24 and 25 February. We had so much fun running it and taking part that plans are already in afoot for ESO2019: it’s going to be even bigger and better!

The event consisted of workshops and tournaments: we were honoured to have guest instructors in the form of Devis Carli and Pietro Bruzzi from Sala d’Arme di Achille Marozzo in Italy, Rob Runacres from Renaissance Sword Club UK, Aaron Coode from KDF Bournemouth UK, and Chris Chatfield from 1595 Club Brighton UK.

There were six tournaments in all, a nylon and a steel stream in single Sidesword, sidesword and dagger and Sidesword and Rotella. Thanks to a dedicated army of volunteers largely made up of Sots members, we were well staffed and everything ran on time. We saw some beautiful fencing throughout the weekend.

8 11, 2017

School Of The Sword Sees Success At Swordfish In Sweden

2017-11-08T10:51:23+00:00November 8th, 2017|Dagger, Events, Rapier, Trophies|

Five of our students travelled to Gothenburg, Sweden to take part in the Swordfish tournament this past weekend.

Generally considered one of the premier events in the world, Swordfish draws the best HEMA fencers from around the globe in what is an ever-increasingly-difficult tournament.  Students represented the school brilliantly in the rapier & dagger competition, and Alexander Makarov managed to secure a bronze medal in the Longsword competition.  Congratulations Sasha!

30 10, 2017

The School Of The Sword Collects Medal Haul At Wessex League Reading

2017-10-30T17:07:40+00:00October 30th, 2017|Dagger, Events, Rapier, Trophies|

Saturday saw the latest leg of the new Wessex league tournament in Reading where a large number of the School of the Sword students took part.    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 continuing to be ranked a very solid first in the team competition.

  • Fran Terminiello – Gold Ladies Longsword
  • Maria Makarova – Gold Ladies Rapier & Dagger, Bronze Ladies Longsword
  • Lizzie Wilson – Bronze Ladies Rapier & Dagger
  • Stewart Hotston  – Gold Open Rapier & Dagger
  • Matthew Crane – Silver Open Rapier & Dagger
  • Jay Maxwell – Bronze Open Rapier & Dagger

Congratulations to all the winners!

22 10, 2017

School Of The Sword Instructs In Romania

2017-10-22T07:53:27+00:00October 22nd, 2017|Events, Rapier|

The School of the Sword was in Romania when instructors Piermarco Terminiello and Adrian Faulkner attended Optimus – Bucharest HEMA Open 2017.

This new HEMA event, organised by HEMA – Societas Milites Getae, was held in the ground of a Romanian Palace and saw our instructors not only give a couple of seminars on the use of the sidesword & rapier, but also help judge the longsword competition.

With an amazing location, good attendance from across Europe, great weather and excellent organisation this proved to be an event to be remembered and we’d like to thank both organisers and participants for making us feel so royally welcome.

1 10, 2017

Broadwater Bucklerthon 2017

2017-10-01T19:10:35+00:00October 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.

9 09, 2017

School Of The Sword Fighting For Bronze In Seattle

2017-09-09T11:26:17+00:00September 9th, 2017|Events, Rapier|

Senior Instructor and ‘matriarch’ of the School of the Sword, Fran Terminiello, is in Seattle, Washington this weekend participating in the Swordsquatch event where she is running a workshop on rapier body mechanics.

Whilst not one of the core weapons we study, word has reached us that Fran will be fighting for bronze in the ladies’ longsword competition.  We wish Fran the best of luck!