Monthly Archives: April 2023

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.

19 04, 2023

Godalming Training – 19th April 2023

2023-04-20T07:30:04+00:00April 19th, 2023|Godalming, Sword & Buckler|

Another busy night at our Godalming chapter with multiple streams for students to choose between.  In tonight’s smallsword group we revised last week’s work on feints – while standing in guard, when thrusting, with an appel, or with a beat. We then workshopped on Angelo’s descriptions of Demi Volte and Volte and applied them in practice. We ended the session with a bout of Freeplay.
Meanwhile in the sword and buckler group, Mark took the group through Manciolino’s 3rd & 4th True vs True stretta plays – using your own hilt to control your opponent’s sword in various ways.

We then did some timed freeplay to allow us to start analysing our opponent’s to try to find an advantage.
18 04, 2023

School of the Sword To Teach At Fightcamp Skirmish 2023

2023-04-20T07:44:06+00:00April 18th, 2023|Events, Sword & Buckler|

June will see the return of Fightcamp Skirmish 2023 and an awesome class line up of some of the country’s best HEMA instructors.

Fran from our Godalming chapter will be in attendance teaching Bolognese Sword and Buckler.

For more details, check out

16 04, 2023

Oxford Sparring – 16th April 2023

2023-04-20T07:53:23+00:00April 16th, 2023|Longsword, Oxford, Sword & Buckler|

Students from our Oxford chapter met up this weekend for some extra sparring.  Sparring sessions give students the chance to practise techniques they have learnt in class and work on incorporating them into their personal arsenal of moves, tricks and tactics.

12 04, 2023

Godalming Training – 12th April 2023

2023-04-20T07:26:46+00:00April 12th, 2023|Godalming, Sword & Buckler|

Another busy night at our Godalming chapter with multiple streams for students to choose from.  In our Sword and Buckler group tonight we looked at the 15th and 11th falso on falso plays from Chapter 3 of Manciolino.  Whilst in tonight’s smallsword group,we revised Angelo’s salute, practiced thrusting in carte and tierce at a fixed target and worked on Angelo’s feints, ending with a session of Freeplay.

9 04, 2023

Godalming Enrollment Now Open

2023-04-20T07:21:45+00:00April 9th, 2023|Godalming, Sword & Buckler|

Enrolment is now open for our next beginners’ intake in Godalming, Surrey starting 10 May.  These spaces usually go fast so don’t delay

The beginners course includes:

  • Two months of group tuition
  • A The School of the Sword T shirt
  • Membership of our Facebook group
  • Membership of a Whatsapp group for study support

8 04, 2023

Godalming Sparring – 8th April 2023

2023-04-20T18:57:38+00:00April 8th, 2023|Godalming, Rapier, Sword & Buckler|

Students from our Godalming chapter met up in a local park this weekend to engage in a little freeplay.  These sparring sessions are an ideal way to get some weekend exercise as well as practise techniques learnt in class.

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