24 05, 2023

Swindon Training – 24th May 2023

2023-05-29T09:15:58+00:00May 24th, 2023|Swindon, Sword & Buckler|

Tonight saw the launch of our Swindon chapter as our beginners worked on the foundations of swordplay. After going through the origins of HEMA and the School of the Sword, along with safety briefing, we focused on just the sword this week. They learned the Pretzel and figure of eight, along with the associated cuts and guards. The group then proved to have excellent measure by aceing the Viennese Waltz.

20 05, 2023

School of the Sword Freeplay Day – 20th May 2023

2023-05-22T07:49:44+00:00May 20th, 2023|Oxford|

Oxford played host to a special freeplay day today where students as well as members from other clubs were invited up to spar with one another. Many thanks to all our members and friends from other clubs – some who’d come a long way- who made this sold out event so much fun!

14 05, 2023

Oxford Sparring – 14th May 2023

2023-05-22T07:38:52+00:00May 14th, 2023|Longsword, Oxford|

Our Oxford students met up again today for their regular weekend sparring.  These sessions give students the chance to get in extra practice, as well as work to incorporate new techniques they’ve learned in class.

10 05, 2023

Godalming Training -10th May 2023

2023-05-22T07:27:48+00:00May 10th, 2023|Godalming, Rapier|

Godalming students started new teaching blocks this week with Luke beginning his lessons on sidesword, looking at the work of Henry de Sainct Didier.  Meanwhile Apollon started his block on single rapier by looking at some Capo Ferro. Lynette and April took beginners through their first steps in the foundation of swordplay.

7 05, 2023

Oxford Sparring – 7th May 2023

2023-05-08T09:41:04+00:00May 7th, 2023|Longsword, Oxford, Sword & Buckler|

Students from our Oxford chapter met up today for their regular weekend sparring. There were a mixture of weapons available, giving all attending students valuable practise and experience.

3 05, 2023

Godalming Training – 3rd May 2023

2023-05-08T10:30:50+00:00May 3rd, 2023|Dagger, Godalming, Rapier, Sword & Buckler|

At the end of each training block we have a night of freeplay. Tonight, it was Godalming’s turn. We also held gradings where three beginners graduated to full membership.  Congratulations to Jonathan, Jeremy and Michael who rise from the rank of candidati to Studenti

1 05, 2023

Oxford Sparring – 1st May 2023

2023-05-08T09:46:20+00:00May 1st, 2023|Longsword, Oxford|

Our Oxford students held their regular outdoor sparring event again today, where students gathered to practise skills they have learnt in class, get in some much needed practise, and have some fun along the way.

26 04, 2023

Godalming Training – 26th April 2023

2023-05-08T09:38:47+00:00April 26th, 2023|Godalming|

In tonight’s smallsword group we again practiced Angelo’s salute, then revised the Volte and Demi-Volte which we covered last week. We then held a King of the Hill tournament where each fencer started with 5 ’lives’. If you were hit you lost a life, if you hit your opponent you stayed on, if both fencers were hit in the same tempo both lost a life and a new pair took to the piste. When you lost all your lives you were out of the game.

Feedback from the fencers indicated that this idea of loosing lives made them more defensive in their approach. We also learned that judging smallsword is very difficult! Apollon came out the winner with one life remaining, beating Phil in the final head to head. Leigh came an honourable third. We ended the session with a period of Freeplay.

23 04, 2023

Oxford Sparring – 23rd April 2023

2023-04-25T06:34:50+00:00April 23rd, 2023|Longsword, Oxford|

Our Oxford students met up again today for their regular Sunday sparring session.  These sessions give students the chance to play with a range of weapons including those they might not currently be training, as well as practise techniques learned in class under sparring conditions.

20 04, 2023

School of the Sword Heading To Poland

2023-04-20T19:59:14+00:00April 20th, 2023|Oxford, Rapier|

The School of the Sword will be heading to Warsaw, Poland this June, when Oxford head Instructor, Emilia Skirmuntt, will be instructing at the International Rapier Seminar 2023.  her workshop is entitled “Rapiers in the dark” learning techniques pairing a sword and lantern as well as complimenting them techniques from sword and cape.

The International Rapier Seminar is a three day event dedicated to the art of the rapier, with great instructors from all over the HEMA world.

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