20 01, 2017

School of the Sword Guaranteed Two Medals At Helsinki

2017-01-20T19:09:40+00:00 January 20th, 2017|Events, Trophies|

Fantastic news out of Helsinki today as we’ve just heard that School of the Sword’s Pim Terminiello and Alexander Makarov will fight for gold in the rapier & dagger competition at the Helsinki Open this weekend.  This means that School of the Sword is already guaranteed gold and silver.

We obviously couldn’t be more proud and wish we could be there for what is likely to be a truly epic fight.

Best of luck to Kristofer Stanson and Andreas Isaksson who fight for bronze.

Thanks to Afterblow for letting us know and use of their picture!




2 12, 2016

Reading Comic Con – 26th / 27th November 2016

2016-12-02T00:42:52+00:00 December 2nd, 2016|Events|

The School of the Sword was present at the first ever Reading Comic Con this past week.  Students from both our Reading and Godalming salle turned up over the two days to give demonstrations of the various weapons we train with.  Not only did it educate the public about what we do and some of the differences between the fights they see in videogames and television with what happens in reality, it also gave our students hours to get some extra practise in.

25 11, 2016

School of the Sword At Reading Comic Con This Weekend

2016-11-25T21:55:52+00:00 November 25th, 2016|Events|

It’s Reading Comic Con this weekend and The School of the Sword will be in attendance on both days doing demonstrations and answering questions. If you’ve ever wondered what it is we do or want to find out more about the school or you’ve just always wondered what historical fencing is like then come along to the event and see us in action.

For more details, check out the Reading Comic Con Facebook page.

21 11, 2016

School of the Sword Represented at Helsinki Bolognese Open

2016-11-21T17:54:41+00:00 November 21st, 2016|Events|

Whilst tournaments represent just a small part of what we do in the school (not every student wishes to compete), we are fortunate that we have a growing cadre of fencers who are representing the school in competition around the world.

Although many of our students were fencing at the Broadwater Bucklerthon, School of the Sword was also represented at the Helsinki Bolognese Open in Finland this past weekend.

Our representative, Jay Maxwell, managed to progress to the Quarter Finals.  Thanks to him for representing the school.  Congratulations to the winners.

Photos by Timo Toropainen, used with permission.

21 11, 2016

Broadwater Bucklerthon – 19th November 2016

2016-11-21T01:18:10+00:00 November 21st, 2016|Events, Sword & Buckler, Trophies|

This past weekend, practitioners of sword & buckler from across the country descended on Godalming for the latest in School of the Sword’s events:  the Broadwater Bucklerthon.

Bucklerthon is an informal nylon sword and buckler tournament aimed at people that have never made a quarter final in any weapon.  There was also a steel invitational tournament for those who’ve placed in tournaments already.  Winners were as follows:


Gold – Kasten Harris
Silver – Adrian Faulkner
Bronze – Daniel Craig

Steel Invitational

Gold – Alexander Makarov
Silver – Peter Smallridge
Bronze – Matthew Crane 

Early feedback is that the event was considered by all to be a success and something we are likely to repeat next year.


5 11, 2016

School of the Sword Wins Bronze at Swordfish

2016-11-07T12:52:54+00:00 November 5th, 2016|Dagger, Events, Rapier, Trophies|

After a heavy weekend of fencing in Sweden, School of the Sword comes away with a medal in Rapier and dagger.  Piermarco Terminiello won bronze in a 17:6 fight with Andreas Isaksson of UHFS, Sweden. Congrats to Pim on adding another medal to the cabinet.


4 11, 2016

The School of the Sword Hits Sweden

2016-11-07T12:54:04+00:00 November 4th, 2016|Dagger, Events, Rapier|

Our team from The School of the Sword has arrived in Sweden ahead of the Swordfish tournament that they will be competing in.

We will be fighting across a number of disciplines but primarily Rapier and Dagger.

28 10, 2016

Pre-Swordfish Bootcamp – 23rd October 2016

2016-10-28T11:03:32+00:00 October 28th, 2016|Dagger, Events, Godalming, Rapier|

Swordfish is one of the premiere tournaments in the HEMA competition and is one that historically, the School of the Sword has done very well at.

This year we are sending eight of our students to Sweden for Swordfish, many for their first time.  On Sunday they gathered for a pre-tournament bootcamp.  The event was attended by senior instructor Phil Marshall and school founder Caroline Stewart who offered constructive advice and micro adjustments aimed at helping our team.

3 10, 2016

Broadwater Bucklerthon

2016-10-03T15:13:54+00:00 October 3rd, 2016|Events, Godalming, Sword & Buckler|


One of the things School of the Sword is known for is our events.  The International Rapier Seminar that we hosted back in April was a massive success, and back in August we brought Ilkka Hartikainen on his first official visit to the UK for a packed sidesword workshop.

You might ask what we’ve got planned next? The answer is the Broadwater Bucklerthon, an informal sword and buckler tournament aimed at people that have never made a quarter final in any weapon.
It’ll take place on the 19th November at Broadwater School in Godalming (same location as our previous events) 13:00 – 17:00

If you’ve started to wonder what tournament fighting is like, if you’ve sparred with your clubmates and want to try fencing to a ruleset, competing against others, then this event is for you.

Only ten pounds gets you an exhilarating day of fun, fighting and the chance to win your first medal using synthetic weapons and Bucklers. There will also be a steel invitational tournament for those who’ve placed in tournaments already. The competition will be followed by a social dinner at a local pub, come and join us for a fantastic day.

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


2 09, 2016

Ilkka Hartikainen Seminar – 27th August 2016

2016-09-02T12:10:22+00:00 September 2nd, 2016|Events|

One of the advantages of training with The School of the Sword is that we are large enough for it to be economically viable for us to fly in world-class instructors for day-long seminars.

You’ve probably seen Ilkka Hartikainen’s incredible videos on and we were very pleased when he agreed to come to the UK to teach our students some Bolognese single sidesword.  Knowing how popular this seminar would be we opened up a limited number of spaces to people from other schools, only for the event to fill incredibly quickly.

The day was a massive success.  Starting with some warm up exercises and moving into footwork, Ilkka had the students building up drills into multiple intention attacks.  Students came away buzzing and excited to put what they had learnt into use.