Monthly Archives: July 2016

31 07, 2016

Reading Training – 25th July 2016

2016-07-31T18:25:08+00:00July 31st, 2016|Rapier, Reading, Sword & Buckler|

It was a busy night last Monday with a good level of focus and study in all three training streams.

Lorcan worked with the beginners learning Manciolino’s assalti.  Adrian took students through the last part of his buckler lessons and Stewart continued his lessons on Giganti Rapier.

23 07, 2016

Godalming Training – 20th July 2016

2016-07-25T10:10:38+00:00July 23rd, 2016|Godalming, Rapier, Sword & Buckler|

We had a bumper crop of nine beginners on Wednesday, along with special guest Alyssa Tan visiting from Malaysia to try sidesword for the first time.

The bolognese group worked at flow speed in this merciless heat, building up to tactics against leg cuts.

Rapier group began work on single rapier, studying attacking from distance and controlling the blade.


21 07, 2016

Reading Training – 18th July 2016

2016-07-25T10:00:55+00:00July 21st, 2016|Rapier, Reading, Sword & Buckler|

It was another hot night last Monday resulting in a very hectic, sweaty training session.

The Bolognese group continued their work on the buckler whilst the rapier group continued with Giganti.  The beginners group  continued to prepare for their safety test.

19 07, 2016

Reading Sees Another Student Pass Safety Test

2016-07-19T09:26:56+00:00July 19th, 2016|Reading, Sword & Buckler|

When students start as Candidati with The Sword of the School they spend many weeks working on the fundamentals, getting a solid foundation that will carry them forward as they progress through the school.   To become one of our Studenti they have to pass our safety test.

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

On Monday night, Andrew became the latest of our students to join the ranks of the Studenti.  Congratulations Andrew!

18 07, 2016

School of The Sword Bring Home Seven Medals From Astolat

2016-07-18T11:10:24+00:00July 18th, 2016|Rapier, Sword & Buckler, Trophies|

It’s been a great weekend for our fencers competing in the Astolat HEMA Open these past couple of days culminating in the school bringing home seven medals against stiff competition.

Congratulations to the following:

  • Piermarco Terminiello – Rapier & Dagger Gold
  • Matthew Crane – Rapier & Dagger Bronze
  • Maria Makarova – Women’s Sword & Buckler Gold, Women’s Sabre Bronze
  • Alexander Makarov – Sidesword & Buckler Gold, Arming Sword & Buckler Silver
  • Jay Maxwell – Sidesword & Buckler Bronze

Also an honourable mention to Chris Hartley who narrowly missed out on a medal after losing to Jay in the Sidesword & Buckler finals.

Everyone (whether they came away with medals or not) had a great weekend and hope that the event will become a regular addition to the tournament calendar.

17 07, 2016

Good First Day At Astolat Tournament – 16th July 2016

2016-07-17T08:12:01+00:00July 17th, 2016|Dagger, Events, Rapier, Sword & Buckler|

This weekend HEMA fencers from across the world have gathered in the UK for the Astolat tournament.  School of the Sword students have competed in a number of disciplines.

Against a very high standard of fencing, a number of students have progressed to quarter finals in Rapier & Dagger, and Sword & Buckler which will take place on Sunday.

Congratulations and best of luck to Pim, Matt, Jay, Lynette, Chris. Sasha and Maria.

16 07, 2016

Godalming Training – 13th July 2016

2016-07-15T21:57:24+00:00July 16th, 2016|Dagger, Godalming, Rapier, Sword & Buckler|

With Astolat taking place this weekend, studenti at our Godalming Salle put the evening to good use by doing some tournament practise by way of some judged exchanges.  We were joined by special guest and renowned fencer, Kristofer Stanson.

Meanwhile, Lizzie worked with the beginners on the foundations of sword fighting, progressing them towards their safety test.

15 07, 2016

Reading Training – 11th July 2016

2016-07-12T18:14:44+00:00July 15th, 2016|Dagger, Rapier, Reading, Sword & Buckler|

It was our regular Reading training session on Monday night, with students ignoring the humidity and working hard in all three streams.

Matt worked on tournament practise with the rapier and dagger group, whilst Adrian continued his lessons on use of the buckler and Fran and Simon guided beginners towards their safety test.

14 07, 2016

Another Reading Student Passes Safety Test

2016-07-12T18:08:43+00:00July 14th, 2016|Reading|

Our Reading salle saw another of our candidati pass their safety test on Wednesday night.

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

Congratulations to Sarah who rises to the rank of Studente and will now be able to progress to taking part in many of our other training streams as well as full sparring.

13 07, 2016

Sunday Sparring – 10th July 2016

2016-07-12T17:54:59+00:00July 13th, 2016|Dagger, Godalming, Rapier, Reading, Sword & Buckler|

With the Astolat tournament just a week away and many of our students competing, our weekly sparring saw attendance from members from both Godalming and Reading.  It gave them a good chance to put in some extra practise as well as try out a few strategies and techniques.

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