Monthly Archives: April 2016

28 04, 2016

Godalming Training – 27th April 2016

2016-04-28T20:06:49+00:00April 28th, 2016|Dagger, Godalming, Rapier, Sword & Buckler|

It was the final lessons in the current teaching blocks on Wednesday evening in Godalming.   Our senior students will be starting new streams next week.  In Lizzie’s Montante group, students put together everything they’ve learned over the past few weeks to do some half-speed sparring.  Meanwhile, in Pim’s rapier & dagger stream, he worked on giving some individual feedback whilst the rest of the students played with a variety of weapon combinations.   Fran worked on getting the beginners group ready for their safety tests.

We were also joined by Jessica who is visiting the country from Holland, where she studies HEMA

27 04, 2016

Cloaks Are Back In Fashion

2016-04-25T16:02:52+00:00April 27th, 2016|Godalming, Rapier, Reading|

Always a leader in HEMA sartorial fashion*, the School of the Sword have declared cloaks back in fashion as they recently took delivery of their new school cloaks ahead of a future training block on rapier & cloak.  There is no truth to the rumour that one SOTS member and champion fencer wore his whilst going to the cash machine on his way to a recent sparring day!

*Well not really, unless you count wearing black

26 04, 2016

Reading Training – 25th April 2016

2016-04-26T21:21:12+00:00April 26th, 2016|Dagger, Reading, Sword & Buckler|

Students gathered in Reading on Monday night for three streams of training.  Fran and Adrian took the beginner’s through Marozzo’s first play for sword and buckler, Stewart finished off his teaching block on Marozzo sword & dagger and Matt completed his block of teaching on Manciolino sword & buckler.

It’s bank holiday next week so we won’t be training, but when we come back the following week, our post safety test students will have a choice of two new blocks of teaching.

25 04, 2016

Sunday Sparring – 24th April 2016

2016-04-25T15:53:20+00:00April 25th, 2016|Dagger, Godalming, Rapier, Reading, Sword & Buckler|

The International Rapier Seminar might only have been last week but on Sunday afternoon a number of our students came together to engage in some free-sparring / tournament practise.

There was a lot of intense practise before a well-earned refreshment break at the local pub.


21 04, 2016

Godalming Training – 20th April 2016

2016-04-21T21:02:35+00:00April 21st, 2016|Dagger, Godalming, Rapier|

There were flying penguins at Godalming on Wednesday night!  The Montante group was looking at dealing with thrown objects, and because throwing a sword might not be the safest thing to do, it was substituted for a stuffed penguin.  It produced a lot of laughs and worked as an effective drill.

Over in the rapier & dagger group, Pim lead students through some tournament scenarios resulting in some high intensity bouts.  Meanwhile the beginners continued their work toward their safety test


20 04, 2016

Reading Training – 18th April 2016

2016-04-20T08:54:08+00:00April 20th, 2016|Dagger, Rapier, Reading, Sword & Buckler|

Less than 24 hours after the end of the International Rapier Seminar our students were back training at Reading on Monday.

The senior students decided to use the session to share knowledge with each other that they gained from attending various workshops over the weekend.  The beginners, meanwhile, progressed onto stepping whilst cutting to a target.

19 04, 2016

School of the Sword In National Press

2016-04-19T18:37:25+00:00April 19th, 2016|Press|

The i newspaper has written a very nice piece about School of the Sword, tying it into the upcoming  start of season 6 of Game of Thrones on television.  There are interviews with a number of our members and a nice focus on the fact that sword fighting is for young or old, male or female.

You can check it out here:

18 04, 2016

Winners At International Rapier Seminar 2016

2016-04-18T17:19:16+00:00April 18th, 2016|Events, Trophies|

The School of the Sword played host to the International Rapier Seminar this past weekend with participants and instructors from all round the world converging in Godalming.  Amongst the multiple training streams, the event also saw tournaments for single rapier as well as rapier & dagger.

In the Rapier & Dagger tournament

1st Place – George Zacharopoulos (Academy of Hoplomachia, Greece)
2nd Place – Stewart Hotston (School of the Sword, UK)
3rd Place – Maria Makarova (School of the Sword, UK)

In Single Rapier tournament

1st Place – Alexander Makarov (School of the Sword, UK)
2nd Place – Massimiliano Moscatelli  (Accademia Romana d’Armi, Italy)
3rd Place – Robert Wrightson (Sussex Sword Academy, UK)


Robert Wrightson also won the best technical fencer prize, winning a custom rapier from Danelli Armouries.

Whilst we’re naturally thrilled to see school members do well in the tournaments, we’d like to congratulate all winners, and thank all participants, instructors, organisers, helpers and our fantastic sponsors: Danelli Armouries, The Knight ShopGajardoni and Neyman Fencing.  We hope everyone had a wonderful time and look forward to joining you all next year.

15 04, 2016

Godalming Training – 13th April 2016

2016-04-15T09:35:27+00:00April 15th, 2016|Dagger, Godalming, Rapier, Sword & Buckler|

A decent turnout on Wednesday for training in Godalming with three streams of learning.

Fran worked with the beginners with sword and buckler, the montante group were taken through a number of drills with Simon from our Reading salle, and the rapier group had a bit of tournament coaching with both single rapier and rapier & dagger ahead of the International Rapier Seminar this weekend.


13 04, 2016

International Rapier Seminar Draws Near. Are You Ready?

2016-04-13T13:22:15+00:00April 13th, 2016|Events|

Coming to the International Rapier Seminar this weekend?  Then make sure you’re up to date with all the latest information!

Attendees to the sold-out event should all have received emails with details of the class schedule, tournament rules, equipment requirements and (most importantly) the social schedule.  If you’ve not seen emails please check your spam folder or check out the IRS mini-site

The School of the Sword is looking forward to playing host this weekend to what should be an awesome event.  The team is working flat out to make this an event to remember.  We hope to see some of you there.

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