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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!

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.

28 01, 2018

Sunday Sparring – 28th January 2018

2018-01-28T16:06:26+00:00January 28th, 2018|Dagger, Rapier, Sword & Buckler|

Sunday sparring was in Hawley this week with a number of students turning up looking to get in some extra practise.

These free sessions for students  who have passed their safety test allow them to get in some valuable sparring time, practising the techniques they’ve learnt in our training sessions.  It allows them to spar with people they don’t normally train with as well as try out some fun weapon combinations that are not part of our curriculum.

23 01, 2018

Reading Training – 22nd January 2018

2018-01-23T12:06:35+00:00January 23rd, 2018|Dagger, Rapier, Reading, Sword & Buckler|

Our Reading students met up last night for our regular training sessions, with three streams of training on offer.

Matt & Andy continued working with the beginners on their introduction to swordplay, James taught sidesword and Christophe took the rapier group.

22 01, 2018

Sunday Sparring – 21st January 2018

2018-01-22T15:26:28+00:00January 22nd, 2018|Dagger, Godalming, Rapier, Sword & Buckler|

Sunday sparring was in Godalming this week with a number of students turning up looking to get in some extra practise.

These free sessions for students  who have passed their safety test allow them to get in some valuable sparring time, practising the techniques they’ve learnt in our training sessions.  It allows them to spar with people they don’t normally train with as well as try out some fun weapon combinations that are not part of our curriculum.

 

22 01, 2018

Godalming Training – 17th January 2018

2018-01-22T15:20:28+00:00January 22nd, 2018|Dagger, Godalming, Rapier, Sword & Buckler|

Students gathered at our Godalming venue on Wednesday for our regular training session.

Fran taught a class on sword & buckler, Simon continued his block on dagger and Adrian taught an introduction to rapier.

19 01, 2018

Godalming Training – 10th January 2018

2018-01-19T00:57:47+00:00January 19th, 2018|Dagger, Godalming, Rapier, Sword & Buckler|

Students gathered at our Godalming venue the other Wednesday for our regular training session.

Fran taught a class on sword & buckler, Simon started his block on dagger and Adrian started an introduction to rapier.

9 01, 2018

Godalming Training – 3rd January 2018

2018-01-09T10:33:20+00:00January 9th, 2018|Dagger, Godalming, Rapier, Sword & Buckler|

It was time for our first training session of 2018 on Wednesday with 3 streams of training available to our Godalming students.

Fran taught a class on sword & buckler, Simon started his block on dagger and Adrian started an introduction to rapier.

5 12, 2017

Reading Training – 4th December 2017

2017-12-05T16:12:26+00:00December 5th, 2017|Dagger, Rapier, Reading|

Yesterday, our students gathered in Reading for our regular Monday night training session.

Emilia continued her work with the rapier group whilst Jay took the Bolognese group through sword & rotella