12 04, 2016

Reading Training – 11th April 2016

2016-04-12T21:13:30+00:00April 12th, 2016|Dagger, Reading, Sword & Buckler|

Reading seem to be getting settled into their new venue with three streams of training taking place on Monday night.

The beginners continued with their foundations of swordplay, working on a little hand and foot co-ordination.  Meanwhile the studente were split between Stewart teaching sidesword and dagger, and Matt’s lesson on sidesword and buckler.

Some really good progress made by all groups with some time at the end for people to engage in a little freeplay.


10 04, 2016

Godalming Training – 6th April 2016

2016-04-08T17:02:44+00:00April 10th, 2016|Dagger, Godalming, Rapier, Sword & Buckler|

There was a good mix of weapons on Wednesday night.  The montante class continued their progress with the weapon whilst in the rapier & dagger class, the students got in some tournament practise.  There was even time for some sword & buckler in the freeplay session at the end.

9 04, 2016

International Rapier Seminar Tournament Rules Published

2016-04-08T16:57:32+00:00April 9th, 2016|Events, Godalming, Rapier|

It’s less than a week to go before the start of the International Rapier Seminar 2016.  The School of the Sword is playing host this year to the sold-out event and has lined up a number of world-class instructors and seminars.

There’s also a tournament and we’ve published the rules and safety requirements for attendees.  (Attendees should have also received this via email earlier this week).

It looks to be a fantastic weekend of historical fencing.  Who will win be crowned the Technical Champion for 2016 and take home the trophy?

8 04, 2016

Another Passes Safety Test At Godalming

2016-04-08T16:28:29+00:00April 8th, 2016|Godalming|

Caly is the latest of our students to pass her safety test and join the ranks of our Studenti.

In order to pass the safety test students must demonstrate control, efficacy and knowledge of the cuts and guards of bolognese swordplay.

Caly will now be able to progress to taking part in many of our other training streams as well as full sparring.  Congratulations Caly!

7 04, 2016

The School of the Sword Instructors Heading To Fightcamp

2016-04-05T18:00:13+00:00April 7th, 2016|Events|

The School of the Sword’s instructors are certainly busy outside the school, travelling to a number of events this summer to run seminars and workshops.

Fightcamp is the largest HEMA event in the UK with instructors attending from all over the world.  Held 12th -14th August 2016 in the Midlands, it’s a weekend of learning, competition and camaraderie.

  • Matt will be doing an Introduction to Bolognese Sword & Buckler.
  • Jay will be going Bolognese Sidesword & Cloak
  • Pim will be looking at Cheats of measure in rapier and dagger.

It looks like it will be an excellent weekend and the school is looking to have a big contingent of members there.

6 04, 2016

Reading Training – 4th April 2016

2016-04-05T17:44:07+00:00April 6th, 2016|Dagger, Reading, Sword & Buckler|

A busy night in Reading as we welcomed a new batch of beginners.  We were back at Academy Sport and made good use of the additional space.

Whilst the beginners began with some measure and voiding drills, the studente worked on a combination of sidesword & dagger and sidesword & buckler.

Thanks to Jubie for the pictures.



5 04, 2016

2nd April 2016 – Fight Like A Girl Book Launch

2016-04-05T17:04:09+00:00April 5th, 2016|Events|

As well as being an accomplished instructor, Fran is also a published writer.  To celebrate the launch of a new anthology she contributed a story to, Fran and Lizzie went down to Bristol for the day to give a sword fighting demonstration at the book launch.

There was a big crowd and it seemed the demonstration went down well with people who had turned up.  Fran then got to sign books for people.

The anthology, Fight Like A Girl, is now available from good bookshops.  Thanks to Chris for the photos.

3 04, 2016

School of the Sword Instructing At May Melee

2016-04-01T16:32:38+00:00April 3rd, 2016|Events|

As well as our regular training sessions in Godalming and Reading, School of the Sword instructors travel to events the world over to give seminars and workshops.

In May, Instructor Jay Maxwell will be heading down to The May Melee event in Bath where he will be giving a workshop on the biomechanics of the lunge.


1 04, 2016

Godalming Training – 30th March 2016

2016-04-01T16:13:47+00:00April 1st, 2016|Dagger, Godalming, Rapier|

Our last training session for March saw a number of our Reading students come and join us for the evening.

The Montante group worked on attacks against the rotella / shield whilst in Rapier & Dagger, the students continued their work on tactics.

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