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2 09, 2018

Sunday Sparring

2018-09-02T20:09:28+00:00September 2nd, 2018|Uncategorized|

We had a busy session this afternoon in Godalming, with the Wessex League starting next Saturday in London it was probably not surprising that a lot of us wanted to hone our skills.

It was also the end of Mark’s block on Agrippa single sword so lots of people wanted to use the time to try out what they had learned.

On Wednesday Lynette will continue her block on rapier & dagger, and Simon will be joining us to look at sidesword and parrying gauntlet according to the Anonimo Bolognese as translated by Piermarco.

23 08, 2018

New studenti in Godalming

2018-08-23T08:16:09+00:00August 23rd, 2018|Uncategorized|

Several of our beginners in Godalming have levelled up to full membership recently. After taking their safety tests and being cleared for sparring, they can now attend all classes at all three sites as well as our regular sparring.

The test consists of several exercises to assess technical knowledge, skill and above all control.

Congratulations to Maria, Michael, Sarah, Joshua and Sebastian!

18 08, 2018

The School of the Sword Oxford Grand Opening Day

2018-08-23T08:26:35+00:00August 18th, 2018|Events, Oxford, Uncategorized|

Today we held our opening of The School of the Sword Oxford, with Q&A sessions, mini classes, demonstrations and sparring.

We had an enthusiastic group of newcomers to HEMA who put in a great effort, and we look forward to welcoming them to our Beginners Course.

If you would like to sign up please fill in the registration form:

 

18 08, 2018

Instructor Training

2018-08-23T08:21:10+00:00August 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|

The School has always been praised for the quality of its teaching, and to maintain this level of tuition we run periodic gatherings of instructors to discuss and consolidate on teaching practices across the three sites. It was a very productive morning, with lots of insights and ideas shared among the senior members.

 

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.

8 08, 2018

Level Up!

2018-08-08T12:39:43+00:00August 8th, 2018|Uncategorized|

On Monday in Reading we had a very special evening full of lots of fights as Stewart and James took their Spadaccino and Laureando exams.

Laureando is the second exam students at the School can take after the initial safety test (to make sure they are safe to spar). This is typically after 200 hours of study and some experience of teaching others. James took part in five 3-minute bouts, ending in an exchange against a weapon he hadn’t encountered before, in this case it was a katana! James chose sidesword and put in an impressive performance. He will also submit a written piece of research.

Spadaccino is the most senior rank in the school and Stewart racked up an impressive ten bouts of three minutes at a time in sword & buckler, rapier & dagger, spadone and dussack. As our treasurer and with 0ver 400 hours of study and many sessions of teaching under his belt, it was time he showed us what he was made of – and on a very hot August evening he cut a swathe through all opposition and emerged victorious! His final match was using parrying gauntlet and rapier, and he has submitted a longer written piece.  Well done to both and all who helped take part in the bouts.

8 08, 2018

Women’s Open Day

2018-08-08T12:08:58+00:00August 8th, 2018|Uncategorized|

On Sunday in Godalming we held a women’s open day after sparring. We were pleased to have a fantastic group who all did some Q&A with all our women instructors and students, took mini lessons in longsword with Emilia, sword & buckler with Fran and rapier with Masha. By the third sparring session everyone was really getting into it! We hope to see plenty of them at our beginners course in January.

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!

14 06, 2018

The School of the Sword Oxford – A new chapter begins

2018-06-14T10:28:51+00:00June 14th, 2018|Uncategorized|

The School of the Sword is proud to present a new chapter opening in Oxford this Summer.

It has been in the pipeline for almost a year and we decided that the time is right to launch a new sister to the Reading and Godalming sites. The lead instructor will be Emilia Skirmuntt, who has been studying HEMA since 2002. Emilia has been a guest instructor at both Reading and Godalming, and is an international instructor and competitor, having taught and medalled at many different events.

Unlike our other chapters that study Bolognese sidesword & buckler as the foundational weapon system, SotS Oxford beginners will learn Fiore longsword. The rapier will remain the focal weapon of the School as ever.

We will hold a grand opening at Magdalene College School on 18 August 12.00 – 14.00.

Come along to see fencing with rapier and companion weapons, sidesword and longsword. Chat with our students and staff, have a go at historical fencing techniques for yourself and sign up for our new classes. These will be on Thursday evenings at the same venue 19.30 – 21.30. More details about Emilia and the classes will be appearing on the site soon. Follow our Facebook page for details of events and training.

4 05, 2018

Fightcamp Skirmish 28/29 April 2018

2018-05-04T08:43:31+00:00May 4th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Last weekend Pim and Fran gave a morning class on Bolognese Sword & Buckler at the inaugural Fightcamp Skirmish, hosted by Schola Gladiatoria. Billed as a little sister event to the larger annual Fightcamp held in Coventry, this is a more bijou and luckily local event for us with a greater variety of activities such as axe throwing and archery. Attendees could camp on site at the event in Ripley, and there were several other attendees from the School as well.

It was a great crowd and we look forward to future events.