5 03, 2017

Victory At Kings Of The North Event

2017-03-05T17:29:54+00:00March 5th, 2017|Trophies|

Well done to the team from The School of the Sword that attended the Kings of the North event in Bradford yesterday.

Alexander Makarov won gold in cut and thrust and gold in thrust only.

Jay Maxwell won silver in cut and thrust.

Piermarco Terminiello won bronze in cut and thrust and thrust only.

Congratulations to all winners.

7 02, 2017

School of The Sword Features Heavily In New International Rankings

2017-02-07T21:34:07+00:00February 7th, 2017|Dagger, Events, Rapier, Trophies|

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students just come along for a bit of exercise and fun once a week, some are interested in translating and interpreting historical documents, and others are interested in taking part in tournaments around the world.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.

6 02, 2017

Untournament – 5th February 2017

2017-02-06T00:26:01+00:00February 6th, 2017|Dagger, Events, Rapier, Sword & Buckler, Trophies|

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.

22 01, 2017

School of The Sword Take Top Two Spots In Helsinki

2017-01-22T19:02:14+00:00January 22nd, 2017|Dagger, Rapier, Trophies|

The School of the Sword has taken both the gold & silver medals in the rapier & dagger competition at the Helsinki Open.

Alexander Makarov fought and beat Piermarco Terminiello in a close final that saw the match go to sudden death.

Congratulations to both of our fighters for doing the School proud.

20 01, 2017

School of the Sword Guaranteed Two Medals At Helsinki

2017-01-20T19:09:40+00:00January 20th, 2017|Events, Trophies|

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!




30 12, 2016

Jay Maxwell Wins 2016 Scholarship Award

2016-12-27T12:31:42+00:00December 30th, 2016|Trophies|

Jay Maxwell is the recipient of the 2016 Scholarship Award.

The award is given to a student who has shown great technical ability and awards them with the school sending them to an international competition to represent The School of the Sword.  Jay was sent to the Helsinki Bolognese Open  back in November where he progressed to the Quarter Finals.

29 12, 2016

Ian Morley Wins 2016 Dagger of Honour Award

2016-12-27T12:24:27+00:00December 29th, 2016|Trophies|

Ian Morley is the 2016 winner of the Dagger of Honour award.

Given annually to an outstanding student, Ian has proved himself to be more than a worthy recipient.  He has acted as the school’s quartermaster arranging T-shirt orders for those on our 6 week beginner’s course.  He’s also organised orders for wicking shirts as well as those for various events we’ve either attended or helped organise.  He also took on managing the dues, taking a register of students at both Reading and Godalming events, invoicing students for training attended, and then subsequently chasing up payment.

As part of his award, Ian gets to look after the dagger for the next year.

Congratulations, Ian.

21 11, 2016

Broadwater Bucklerthon – 19th November 2016

2016-11-21T01:18:10+00:00November 21st, 2016|Events, Sword & Buckler, Trophies|

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

Steel Invitational

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.


5 11, 2016

School of the Sword Wins Bronze at Swordfish

2016-11-07T12:52:54+00:00November 5th, 2016|Dagger, Events, Rapier, Trophies|

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.


17 08, 2016

The School of Sword Returns From Fightcamp With Medal Haul

2016-08-17T08:49:12+00:00August 17th, 2016|Events, Rapier, Sword & Buckler, Trophies|

This past weekend, The School of the Sword ‘invaded’ Fightcamp.  With over 20 members in attendance we created our very own tent city within the campsite and partook in a wide variety of workshops, classes and tournaments.

We came away with good memories, a few lost ones, new friendships, a few aches and pains, and five medals.

Sasha took gold in  single rapier and bronze in both the Assault at Arms and longsword. Pim took silver in single rapier whilst Jay received silver in the  Eggleton Cup.  We also had a number of students make it out of the pools in a variety of disciplines.

Thanks to those we competed against for providing such brilliant competition and congratulations to all winners.

Some photos by Richard Hughes and Christophe Loyce.