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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!

18 04, 2018

Level up! New studenti in Reading – 17 April 2018

2018-04-18T08:09:44+00:00April 18th, 2018|Reading, Sword & Buckler, Uncategorized|

Congratulations to our new studenti who passed their safety test last night in Reading: Jim, Daniel and Emma. They are now able to participate in freeplay, and are full members of the School. We wish them every success in their careers with us.

The Safety Test is an integral part of our curriculum, where we test candidati (new recruits) for their technical knowledge and application, as well as their ability to practice fencing safely. Once passed a student then becomes a full member of the School.

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

Reading Training – 15th January 2018

2018-01-22T14:57:38+00:00January 22nd, 2018|Rapier, Reading, Sword & Buckler|

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

Matt & Chris started a new batch of beginners on their introduction to swordplay, James taught sidesword and Christophe took the rapier group.

9 01, 2018

Reading Training – 8th January 2018

2018-01-09T10:36:39+00:00January 9th, 2018|Rapier, Reading, Sword & Buckler|

It was the first training session of 2018 for our Reading students on Monday night, with three streams of training on offer.

Matt & Chris started a new batch of beginners on their introduction to swordplay, James taught sidesword and Christophe took the rapier group.

 

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

3 12, 2017

Reading Training – 27th November 2017

2017-12-03T17:47:33+00:00December 3rd, 2017|Dagger, Rapier, Reading, Sword & Buckler|

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

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

22 11, 2017

Another Studente Passes Safety Test

2017-11-22T14:08:12+00:00November 22nd, 2017|Reading, Sword & Buckler|

Jonathan is the latest of our students to pass his safety test and join the ranks of our Studenti.

In order to pass the safety test students must demonstrate control, efficacy and knowledge of the cuts and guards of bolognese swordplay.

Jonathan will now be able to progress to taking part in many of our other training streams as well as full sparring.

22 11, 2017

Reading Training – 20th November 2017

2017-11-22T12:16:15+00:00November 22nd, 2017|Dagger, Rapier, Reading, Sword & Buckler|

Monday night saw our regular training session in Reading with multiple streams of training on offer.

Stewart worked with the beginner’s progressing towards their safety test, Emilia continued her work with the rapier group, and Jay worked with the bolognese group on some sidesword and rotella.

20 11, 2017

Reading Sees More Students Pass Safety Test

2017-11-20T15:11:19+00:00November 20th, 2017|Reading, Sword & Buckler|

Last Monday night saw the addition of two new studenti after both Tom and Claire passed their safety test and risen from the rank of Candidati.

After many weeks of hard work learning, Tom & Clare have shown that they have understood the foundations of swordplay and are now ready to engage in a wider range of training as a Studente.

Congratulations to the pair of them.