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24 05, 2023

Swindon Training – 24th May 2023

2023-05-29T09:15:58+00:00May 24th, 2023|Swindon, Sword & Buckler|

Tonight saw the launch of our Swindon chapter as our beginners worked on the foundations of swordplay. After going through the origins of HEMA and the School of the Sword, along with safety briefing, we focused on just the sword this week. They learned the Pretzel and figure of eight, along with the associated cuts and guards. The group then proved to have excellent measure by aceing the Viennese Waltz.

7 05, 2023

Oxford Sparring – 7th May 2023

2023-05-08T09:41:04+00:00May 7th, 2023|Longsword, Oxford, Sword & Buckler|

Students from our Oxford chapter met up today for their regular weekend sparring. There were a mixture of weapons available, giving all attending students valuable practise and experience.

3 05, 2023

Godalming Training – 3rd May 2023

2023-05-08T10:30:50+00:00May 3rd, 2023|Dagger, Godalming, Rapier, Sword & Buckler|

At the end of each training block we have a night of freeplay. Tonight, it was Godalming’s turn. We also held gradings where three beginners graduated to full membership.  Congratulations to Jonathan, Jeremy and Michael who rise from the rank of candidati to Studenti

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 http://fightcampevents.com/

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.

5 04, 2023

Godalming Training – 5th April 2023

2023-04-20T19:08:28+00:00April 5th, 2023|Godalming, Sword & Buckler|

In tonight’s smallsword group at our Godalming Chapter we revised Angelo’s salute and worked on Angelo’s ‘Method of Thrusting and ParryingTierce and Carte, Called Thrusting at the Wall’.  Meanwhile the sword and buckler class today was starting to look at some strette plays (when sword are crossed at halfsword etc) – and using it as a way of identifying correct distance in fights.

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