8 11, 2017

School Of The Sword Sees Success At Swordfish In Sweden

2017-11-08T10:51:23+00:00 November 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+00:00 October 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+00:00 October 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+00:00 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:

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+00:00 September 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!

25 08, 2017

School of the Sword Instructs At Swiss Blades

2017-09-02T21:54:36+00:00 August 25th, 2017|Events, Rapier|

The School of the Sword was in Switzerland the weekend of the 19th & 20th August attending the Swiss Blades event.

The Swiss Blades is an international Historical European Martial Arts event, organised by the HEMA division of the Association Médiévale Romande with 15 workshops over 2 days and a feder tournament.

School of the Sword world-acknowledged instructor, Jay Maxwell, taught a workshop on the cutting rapier, examining the body and blade mechanics, and optimise movement and posture using analysis of solo and partner drills to improve speed, strength and efficiency.

Thanks to Swiss Blades for the images.

14 08, 2017

The School of The Sword Sees Fightcamp Success

2017-08-14T13:06:40+00:00 August 14th, 2017|Events, Rapier, Sword & Buckler, Trophies|

The School of the Sword had a busy weekend this past weekend attending the annual Fightcamp event, held in the Midlands.  The event sees HEMA practitioners from around the world gather for a long weekend of camping, workshops and competitions.  The school was well represented by students from both Godalming and Reading.

Instructors Piermarco Terminiello and Jay Maxwell both taught classes.  The school also came away with a number of medals in the various competitions.

  • Maria Makarova – Silver, Eggleton Cup
  • Alexander Makarov – Silver Single Rapier; Gold Sabre
  • Matthew Crane – Bronze Single Rapier

Congratulations to all winners.


17 07, 2017

Montante Seminar – 15th July 2017

2017-07-17T17:16:37+00:00 July 17th, 2017|Events, Reading|

The School of the Sword was proud to host Luke Ireland of The Exiles for a one day seminar on the Iberian montante on Saturday.

The aim was to provide an introduction to Dom Diogo Gomes de Figueiredo’s Memorial Da Prattica do Montante. Over the course of the day, students worked on many of the simple rules included in Figueiredo’s treatise, as well as expanding upon their use beyond the confines of the rules.

It was a great day and everyone really enjoyed having Luke instruct us.

2 07, 2017

The School Of The Sword Wins Medals In Ireland

2017-07-02T08:01:44+00:00 July 2nd, 2017|Events, Rapier, Sword & Buckler, Trophies|

The School of the Sword is in Ireland this weekend at the Feile na Gascgeigh event where we are not only fighting in tournaments but  also running a number of workshops.

Matthew Crane won silver in the Sword & Buckler competition, whilst Oli Barker also took silver in the rapier & companion weapon tournament.  Congratulations to both of them.

11 06, 2017

The School of the Sword Takes Gold In Greece

2017-06-11T08:20:24+00:00 June 11th, 2017|Dagger, Events, Rapier, Trophies|

The School of the Sword hasn’t just been winning medals in Sweden this weekend.

We’ve also been represented at the HEMAthlon event in Athens this weekend where Apollon Makropoulos has taken gold in the rapier & dagger tournament.  This is Apollon’s first medal in HEMA.

Congratulations Apollon, we hope it’s the first of many and we look forward to seeing you at training on Wednesday.