31 03, 2018

By the Sword 2018 – women’s HEMA weekend

2018-03-31T09:03:44+00:00 March 31st, 2018|Events, Godalming, Rapier, social|

Senior Sots instructors Fran and Lizzie held this event for its second year in Godalming on 17 & 18 March. It was attended by over forty women – several Sots members among them – and all the classes were led by female instructors, including Emilia Skirmuntt who has taught as a guest instructor in Reading (and will soon be teaching rapier again in Godalming) and Maria Makarova: also from the School. Other instructors were Steph West from 1595 Club and TerryAnn Towers St Amand, who led the warm up and cooldown. There were classes in Fiore Longsword grapples, Saviolo Sidesword and Italian rapier.

The second day started with a Q&A panel with the instructors, chaired by Fran, followed by a novice tournament using boffers, and a steel tournament. In each competition there were randomly chosen but paired weapons.

Next year’s event is already in the can, with ten instructors and speakers! Watch this space.

3 05, 2017

Godalming Social – 29th April 2017

2017-05-02T21:16:28+00:00 May 3rd, 2017|Godalming, social|

Our Godalming students all met up last Saturday night for a social.

We met in the pub for drinks before moving onto a local Thai restaurant for food and sword talk.

26 03, 2017

Reading Social – 18th March 2017

2017-03-26T20:36:52+00:00 March 26th, 2017|Reading, social|

Reading students met up in the centre of Reading last weekend for the latest School of the Sword social.

Drinks were drunk, pizza was consumed and some very nerdy jokes about fencing masters were exchanged.

17 01, 2017

SOTS On Tour

2017-01-17T22:26:21+00:00 January 17th, 2017|social|

What happens when you can’t make training because you are on holiday skiing but still want to practise?

Answer: you improvise.  A bunch of our students sent back these photos of them practising their skills in the Alps.  Anyone have a historical treatise on the ski pole?

28 12, 2016

The School of the Sword Xmas Party – 23rd December 2016

2016-12-27T12:11:34+00:00 December 28th, 2016|Godalming, Reading, social|

Friday night saw The School of the Sword’s annual Xmas social.  Students from both Reading and Godalming met up for a festive meal.  Both Fran and Matt gave speeches giving thanks to all those who have assisted them in the past year and allowed the school to continue to grow.  There were also a number of awards given out.

29 01, 2016

Sword Handling Session At The Wallace Collection

2016-01-29T16:53:02+00:00 January 29th, 2016|Events, social|

A number of students spent the day in London at the Wallace Collection yesterday, getting a special chance to handle some antique swords and feel how they compare to the ones we use for sparring and training.

We were joined by a couple of guests:  Peter Smallridge, instructor at KDF Tonbridge, and swordsmith Marco Danelli of Danelli Armouries for a handling session of several original swords from the collection, and two original prints of Capoferro and Agrippa.

The session was introduced by head curator of Arms & Armour, Tobias Capwell, who also gave a brief tour of the weapons galleries.

It was an amazing day and we are grateful to all at the Wallace Collection who took time out of their day to host us.

23 01, 2016

It’s Snow Joke

2016-01-23T12:20:06+00:00 January 23rd, 2016|social|

Just because you’re in the Alps skiing is no excuse to miss training.  A number of our members decided to get some practise in on the French / Italian border.  We like their dedication but suspect that snowboard and skipole will not catch on as companion weapons.

22 12, 2015

School of the Sword Xmas Social – 19th December 2015

2015-12-22T11:43:37+00:00 December 22nd, 2015|Godalming, Reading, social|

Members from both Godalming and Reading descended on Camberley last Friday for an evening of mirth and mayhem.  After some excellent Tapas we hit a local pub to celebrate a successful year and hopefully an even more successful one in the year to come!