1 11, 2023

Godalming Training – 1st November 2023

2023-11-06T13:46:08+00:00November 1st, 2023|Dagger, Godalming, Rapier, Sword & Buckler|

Tonight at our Godalming chapter, we had a freeplay night and gradings followed by a visit to the pub to celebrate the end of an eight week block. Well done to all who defended, challenged and judged in the assessed bouts.

28 10, 2023

Sparring Day – 28th October 2023

2023-11-06T13:52:53+00:00October 28th, 2023|Dagger, Godalming, Oxford, Rapier, Reading, Swindon, Sword & Buckler|

Our Reading chapter played host to a sparring day today. There were over thirty fencers there from numerous clubs and lots of great fights. If you want to up your game and test your skills against unfamiliar opponents look out for future events.

7 10, 2023

Godalming Sparring – 7th October 2023

2023-10-14T14:39:29+00:00October 7th, 2023|Dagger, Godalming|

Godalming students met up today for a bit of outdoor freeplay today.  engaging primarily in dagger work.  These sessions give students the chance to play with a range of techniques including those they might not currently be training, as well as practise techniques learned in class under sparring conditions.

2 10, 2023

Reading Training – 2nd October 2023

2023-10-14T15:12:12+00:00October 2nd, 2023|Dagger, Rapier, Reading, Sidesword, Sword & Buckler|

Our Reading students got to enjoy a sparring night tonight.  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.

3 09, 2023

School of the Sword heads to Dortmund

2023-09-24T22:38:13+00:00September 3rd, 2023|Dagger, Events, Oxford|

Last weekend, Oxford head instructor, Emilia Skirmuntt, was invited by Tremonia Fechten to teach Fiore’s dagger and unarmed lessons in Dortmund, Germany.  It was friendly and relaxed event in a beautiful location.  The students seemed to have a lot of fun as well

20 08, 2023

Coming of Age Event: Day 2

2023-08-23T08:07:04+00:00August 20th, 2023|Dagger, Godalming, Longsword, Oxford, Rapier, Reading, Sidesword, Swindon, Sword & Buckler|

It was the second day of our Coming of Age event, celebrating the 21st anniversary of the School of the Sword.  After a hearty breakfast, students jumped into a selection fo workshops taught by instructors from across School of the Sword’s four chapters.

Josh taught some Fabris Rapier & Dagger, Phil introduced students to dall’Agocchie sidesword, Fran ran a Sword& Dagger masterclass, Emilia tackled Longsword disarms, Adrian ran a workshop on introduction to single rapier, and Matt taught rapier and cloak.  We then gave out a bunch of awards before leaving the afternoon for people to pack up their tents and engage in a little sparring.

Thank you to everyone who came.  It seemed the event was a massive success and the perfect way to celebrate our 21st anniversary.  Here’s to the next 21!

20 08, 2023

Oxford Sparring – 20th August 2023

2023-08-23T08:13:05+00:00August 20th, 2023|Dagger, Longsword, Oxford|

Not everyone was at our Coming of Age event this weekend, and for those Oxford students who weren’t, there was still the option of our weekly sparring session.

Sparring gives students a chance to exchange with opponents they might not have sparred with before, practise weapons that might not currently be in the training curriculum, as well as get some much needed time to incorporate new techniques and tactics into their swordplay.

19 08, 2023

Coming of Age Event: Day 1

2023-08-23T07:44:55+00:00August 19th, 2023|Dagger, Events, Godalming, Longsword, Oxford, Rapier, Reading, Sidesword, Swindon, Sword & Buckler|

It was a jam-packed day of workshops on the first full day of our Coming of Age celebration event.  Students from all four of our chapters gathered on the banks of the Thames to partake in a wide range of workshops put on by our instructors.

Lizzie gave an introduction to Spadone, Dan looked at Alfieri humors, Apollon gave a Rapier masterclass, Kirstian taught an introduction to Longsword, Adrian gave a masterclass on use of the buckler, Simon looked at Godhino’s Montante, Luis introduced us to grappling, and Mark gave a workshop on Agrippa.  All were well attended with lots of happy students enjoying the perfect weather.

We ended the first day of workshops with Simon and Josh from our Reading Chapter completing the final piece of their Spadaccino grading.  Spadaccino is the most senior rank in the school and as part of it, they have to engage in a number of fights including a weapon they’ve never used before which in their case were peasant flails.  Congrats to both of them for a well deserved honour. which has required huge number of hours of dedicated training as well as written pieces.

16 08, 2023

Godalming Training – 16th August 2023

2023-08-17T15:52:28+00:00August 16th, 2023|Dagger, Godalming, Longsword, Sidesword, Sword & Buckler|

In Godalming tonight we continued our Sword and dagger block with an evening of defence at the stage drills. The longsword class looked at Meyers square and the beginner’s group looked into body mechanics with the aid of spadone.

9 08, 2023

Godalming Training – 9th August 2023

2023-08-12T12:06:40+00:00August 9th, 2023|Dagger, Godalming, Sidesword|

Another busy night in Godalming tonight as students learned a play from Marozzo as part of our sword and dagger block.  Lots of good focus across an enjoyable evening


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