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18 08, 2018

Sots Sweeps the Board at Fightcamp Rapier Tournament

2018-08-23T08:34:12+00:00August 18th, 2018|Events, Rapier, Trophies, Uncategorized|

Fightcamp is the largest and longest running HEMA event in the UK, and three people from the School entered the Rapier tournament which resulted in three medals for the School! Congratulations to Adrian, Apollon and Alexander for achieving 3rd, 2nd and 1st place respectively.

Alexander went on to win silver in the longsword competition, first place went to Jack Gassmann who has also taught at the School in the past.

17 07, 2018

Albion Cup 2018

2018-07-17T09:58:28+00:00July 17th, 2018|Events, Rapier, social, Sword & Buckler, Trophies|





 

 

 

 

 

 

On 6-8 July we held the inaugural Albion Cup – a multi-discipline tournament event that we hope to reproduce each year. We had seventy attendees from the UK, France, the Netherlands, Ireland, Norway and Italy. The weekend was blessed with beautiful sunshine and we picked a very pleasant venue in Belmont School, a beautiful site snuggled in the forests of the Surrey Hills in Holmbury St Mary near Dorking. Attendees were able to camp on site or sleep in the hall which made everything very manageable.

The tournaments began on Saturday with open longsword, followed by women’s sword & buckler and then rapier & dagger. There was a good showing of women in the S&B tournament and the quality of the fencing in all competitions was brilliant.


   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first day ended in the form of entertainment with the “Renaissance Fencer” matches: a series of showfights between preselected pairs of fencers who train in multiple weapons. Each pair had to
fence continuously with matched weapons for two minutes each with a 1 minute break in between. The order was longsword, then sabre, then rapier & dagger and ending with sword & buckler. We had 4 pairs who took part including instructors Fran vs Emilia, and Piermarco vs Håvard Eidheim from Norway. It was a gruelling but fun spectacle and the crowd cheered on all the participants.

 

After a night of celebrations in the nearby pub, the second day picked up the packed schedule once more with sabre, then smallsword, open sword & buckler and women’s longsword – again with a very healthy number of participants which is encouraging to see. The quality of the fencing throughout was excellent, and we began the prizegiving with a traditional ‘Fechtschule’ where the participants each voted for the best technical fencer of the weekend. The clear winner was Håvard , and his prize was the coveted ‘Albion’ bastard sword: forged and sharpened by our platinum sponsors Balefire Blades.

The School put in a brilliant performance, in terms of competition, organisation and volunteering. Thank you to all that took part. Notable competitors are Adrian who climbed 26 places on HEMA Ratings, winning all his pool matches in rapier & dagger and sword & buckler. Another climber is Mikolaj who climbed a staggering 440 places in sword & buckler, also winning all of his pool fights. SotS Oxford leader Emilia climbed 22 places in women’s longsword to 25th, and Katie climbed an impressive 47 places, also in women’s longsword.


We take this opportunity to say thank you to all of our participants, we wouldn’t be able to put on such a big event without you. We especially thank our hard working volunteers, some of whom travelled great distances simply to donate their time and make the Albion Cup such a great success, and some who couldn’t event be there but put in the organisational hours just to make it happen. With gratitude to Jon Rolph, Sue Kirk, Alejandro Cortes Garcia, Chris & Alicia of Balefire who also acted as armourers for the event, James Wiggins, Artur Agustyniak, Stewart Hotston, Jay Maxwell, Richard Hughes, Emma Smith, Emma Holding, Jon Middleton, Josh Davis, Alexander Davis, Chris Bear, Dan Skellon and many more.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The organisational committee also included Pim, Fran, Masha, Matt, Adrian and Sasha.

And of course, the wonderful prizes and donations from our generous sponsors are what added sparkle to this fun event:

Balefire Blades

Kvetun Armoury

THOKK – Historical Fencing

Neyman Fencing

Silkfencing Team

Rearguard

Sparring Gloves

Sword Experts

Hematees

Rui Ferreira Art

Broken Anvil

Malleus Martialis Swords

ProGauntlet

Special thanks to Enrica Angiolini Art for designing our logo.

The tournament finalists were as follows:

Women’s sword & buckler

1st Maria Makarova The School of the Sword
2nd Fran Terminiello The School of the Sword
3rd Hanne Eik Pilskog Fekteklubben Frie Duellister

 

 

 

 

 

Women’s Longsword

1st Tosca Beuming De Zwaardkring
2nd Emilia Cecylia Skirmuntt The School of the Sword
3rd Michela D’Orlando Ordine delle Lame Scaligere

 

 

 

 

 

 

Open sword and buckler

1st Alexander Makarov The School of the Sword
2nd Jay Maxwell The School of the Sword
3rd Håvard Lund Eidheim Fekteklubben Frie Duellister

 

 

 

 

Open Smallsword

1st Håvard Lund Eidheim Fekteklubben Frie Duellister
2nd Rowan Skilbeck Waterloo Sparring Group
3rd Jay Maxwell The School of the Sword

 

 

 

 

Open longsword

1st Alexander Makarov The School of the Sword
2nd Thomas Couturier La Salle d’Armes – Escrime Ancienne: SA-EA
3rd Federico Dall’Olio La Salle d’Armes – Escrime Ancienne: SA-EA

 

 

 

 

 

Open sabre

1st Tim Fuke London Longsword Academy
2nd Rowan Skilbeck Waterloo Sparring Group
3rd Pedro San Miguel Schola Gladiatoria

 

 

 

 

 

Open rapier and dagger

1st Håvard Lund Eidheim Fekteklubben Frie Duellister
2nd Alexander Makarov The School of the Sword
3rd Matthew Crane The School of the Sword

 

 

 

 

 

Best technical fencer overall – as voted by all attendees:

Håvard Lund Eidheim Fekteklubben Frie Duellister

Well done to all the finalists!

Thanks to Richard Hughes for the photos.

 

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.

3 12, 2017

The School of the Sword Brings Back Medals From Finland

2017-12-03T17:36:32+00:00December 3rd, 2017|Trophies|

The School of the Sword attended the Helsinki Bolognese Open in Finland last weekend and added to our 2017 medal tally as a result.

SOTS instructor, Jay Maxwell, won silver in the Triathlon,  silver in Solo Forms, as well as bronze in the Single Sidesword.

Congratulations, Jay, on another good performance.

29 11, 2017

The School of the Sword Sees Success In Bath

2017-11-29T11:20:56+00:00November 29th, 2017|Dagger, Rapier, Trophies|

The School of the Sword came away with a number of new medals at the Bath Chapter of the Wessex League this past weekend.

The Wessex League is a series of tournaments aimed at all HEMA practitioners that want to experience competition for the first time or to step up their game. It has the format of international HEMA competition while remaining accessible and friendly.

The School of the Sword continues to do well in the team competition after coming away with another 4 medals

  • Fran Terminiello – Gold Women’s Longsword, Silver Women’s Sabre
  • Kasten Harris – Gold Open Rapier & Dagger
  • Apollon Makropoulos – Silver Open Rapier & Dagger
  • Matthew Crane – Bronze Open Rapier & Dagger

Congratulations to all the winners!

20 11, 2017

Broadwater Bucklerthon – 18th November 2017

2017-11-20T15:32:27+00:00November 20th, 2017|Godalming, Sword & Buckler, Trophies|

Saturday saw The School of the Sword host their second annual Broadwater Bucklerthon

Bucklerthon is an informal sword and buckler tournament aimed at people that have yet to reach a quarter final in any weapon, who compete in a nylon open.  In addition there is a steel invitational.  The event was a success, with participation from overseas.  Congratulations to all the medal winners listed below.

Nylon
Gold – Luke Erhlanderr
Silver – Aaron Coode
Bronze – Sam Wildman

Steel
Gold – Alexander Makarov
Silver – Jay Maxwell
Bronze – Adrian Faulkner

8 11, 2017

School Of The Sword Sees Success At Swordfish In Sweden

2017-11-08T10:51:23+00:00November 8th, 2017|Dagger, Events, Rapier, Trophies|

Five of our students travelled to Gothenburg, Sweden to take part in the Swordfish tournament this past weekend.

Generally considered one of the premier events in the world, Swordfish draws the best HEMA fencers from around the globe in what is an ever-increasingly-difficult tournament.  Students represented the school brilliantly in the rapier & dagger competition, and Alexander Makarov managed to secure a bronze medal in the Longsword competition.  Congratulations Sasha!

30 10, 2017

The School Of The Sword Collects Medal Haul At Wessex League Reading

2017-10-30T17:07:40+00:00October 30th, 2017|Dagger, Events, Rapier, Trophies|

Saturday saw the latest leg of the new Wessex league tournament in Reading where a large number of the School of the Sword students took part.    The Wessex League is a series of tournaments aimed at all HEMA practitioners that want to experience competition for the first time or to step up their game. It has the format of international HEMA competition while remaining accessible and friendly.

Members of the school performed well in competition, with us taking away a number of medals and continuing to be ranked a very solid first in the team competition.

  • Fran Terminiello – Gold Ladies Longsword
  • Maria Makarova – Gold Ladies Rapier & Dagger, Bronze Ladies Longsword
  • Lizzie Wilson – Bronze Ladies Rapier & Dagger
  • Stewart Hotston  – Gold Open Rapier & Dagger
  • Matthew Crane – Silver Open Rapier & Dagger
  • Jay Maxwell – Bronze Open Rapier & Dagger

Congratulations to all the winners!

18 09, 2017

The School Of The Sword Wins Multiple Medals At Wessex League Bristol

2017-09-18T12:44:26+00:00September 18th, 2017|Dagger, Rapier, Trophies|

The School of The Sword turned up en masse in Bristol this past weekend to compete in the inaugural first event in the Wessex League.  The Wessex League is a series of tournaments aimed at all HEMA practitioners that want to experience competition for the first time or to step up their game. It has the format of international HEMA competition while remaining accessible and friendly.

Members of the school performed well in competition, with us taking away a number of medals and currently ranking a very solid first in the team competition.

  • Maria Makarova – Gold Ladies Longsword, Gold Ladies Sabre
  • Fran Terminiello – Silver Ladies Longsword, Bronze Ladies Sabre
  • Jay Maxwell – Gold Open Rapier & Dagger
  • Adrian Faulkner – Silver Open Rapier & Dagger

Congratulations to all the winners!

14 08, 2017

The School of The Sword Sees Fightcamp Success

2017-08-14T13:06:40+00:00August 14th, 2017|Events, Rapier, Sword & Buckler, Trophies|

The School of the Sword had a busy weekend this past weekend attending the annual Fightcamp event, held in the Midlands.  The event sees HEMA practitioners from around the world gather for a long weekend of camping, workshops and competitions.  The school was well represented by students from both Godalming and Reading.

Instructors Piermarco Terminiello and Jay Maxwell both taught classes.  The school also came away with a number of medals in the various competitions.

  • Maria Makarova – Silver, Eggleton Cup
  • Alexander Makarov – Silver Single Rapier; Gold Sabre
  • Matthew Crane – Bronze Single Rapier

Congratulations to all winners.