The School of the Sword is a very diverse school, not just in terms of our students, but also in our aims. Some students just come along for a bit of exercise and fun once a week, some are interested in translating and interpreting historical documents, and others are interested in taking part in tournaments around the world.
With so many different independent circuits, rule sets and events it’s been difficult to try and work out overall how HEMA practitioners stack up against each other. However, a new site, called HEMAratings, has just been launched aimed at giving the international ranking for fighters across a range of disciplines.
The School of the Sword features heavily in a number of categories, including being the 3rd most represented school in the Rapier & Dagger category. Even better, our very own Piermarco Terminiello has been ranked #1 in the discipline.
With more students reaching the skill level to be able to take part in international competitions we’re hopeful that our standing on the world stage will continue to improve through 2017 and into the future.
A number of School of the Sword students took part in the Untournament on Sunday.
Designed as a practise session for judges ahead of the Astolat HEMA open, it gave participants the opportunity to practise their skills with longsword, sword & buckler, or rapier & dagger against one another under tournament conditions.
All our students, from seasoned tournament fighters to those in their first competition, did the school proud with a number of students making the semi-finals in the Rapier & Dagger and Sword & Buckler competition.
Against skilled competition from across the UK, Piermarco Terminiello took first place in both the Rapier & Dagger, and Sword & Buckler competitions, whilst Stewart Hotston took third place in Sword & Buckler.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.