Two of our instructors will be heading to Germany in October to teach at the Swords of the Renaissance event in Potsdam. This event is dedicated to the different styles and weapons of the Renaissance. This is intended to provide an overview and provide space for exchange and experimentation.
Emilia will be running a class entitled “Fight like a Noble: bolognese sidesword at the Italian court” while Fran will be running a workshop on “Balance of power: offhand weapons in Bolognese fencing”.
Fightcamp is a long running UK event organised by our friends over at Schola Gladiatoria. It’s a fun weekend of camping, classes and camaraderie.
This year, three School of the Sword instructors were invited to teach. Fran ran a class on Anonimo Bolognese Poleaxe, Adrian ran a class on Active Buckler Defense and unfortunately the weather put a stop to Emilia’s class on dirty rapier tricks. All the students seemed to enjoy themselves, and it was good to catch up with members of the wider HEMA community after so long apart.
Coronavirus has brought the world to a near standstill, but that hasn’t held the HEMA community back.
Enjoy this short video edited by SotS member Alex Rye featuring SotS students and friends from all over the world.https://sword.school/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/img_5454.mov
We had a great turnout of over thirty people for our first Open Sparring Day held at our Oxford chapter.
Friends from Waterloo Sparring, Exeter Sparring Group, AHF, New Cross Historical Fencing, Schola Gladiatoria and more came to fence with a whole variety of weapons and gather for drinks and dinner in the pub afterwards.
Our Open sparring days are held three times a year, are free of charge and open to all. You need your own equipment and at least a basic grounding in HEMA. The next one will be at our Reading Chapter in August.
Two of our beginners passed safety test grading in Reading this week. Congratulations to Joanne and Gary!