On the 24th and 25th of February 2018, the School of the Sword is proud to present the inaugural English Sidesword Open.

Focusing exclusively on the sidesword and its companion weapons, this is a tournament and workshop based event introducing and bringing together practitioners and instructors of diverse styles and systems. We are also inviting the top manufacturers of safety and training equipment to showcase their wares with a spotlight on new gloves being developed to meet the unique demands of the weapon.

Competitors can follow either a steel or nylon stream, taking part in a maximum of two tournaments over the weekend chosen from the following (all weapons shall be provided):

  • Single Sidesword
  • Sidesword & Rotella
  • Sidesword & Dagger

Join us at School of the Sword Godalming, to immerse yourself in a celebration of this beautiful art.


The English Sidesword Open 2018 is sponsored by Malleus Martialis Swords, Sparring Gloves,  Kvetun ArmoryThokk, Arte ToledanoThe Knight Shop, SPES Historical FencingBlack FencerBloss, Ferrum Armoury, In’Carius Craft, PBT FencingNeyman Fencing,  Dr Fabrice Cognot, Phd, Bladesmith and Gajardoni


The event will be held at Broadwater School Sports Centre, Broadwater Road, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 3BW


By Train – Nearest station is Farncombe which has a direct line out of London Waterloo

By Air (Heathrow) – Take the Rail-Air bus to Woking station from which it is a direct rail link to Farncombe

By Air (Gatwick) – Take the train from Gatwick Airport station to Guildford and then change for Farncombe

By Car – Exit the A3 on the junction labelled B3000 Godalming & Farnham.  Take first roundabout toward Compton & Godalming.  Continue down this road for several miles before turning right immediately after going over the railway bridge.  The school is on the left about half a mile down the road


Godalming Hotel – 65 Meadrow, Godalming GU7 3HS
Phone:01483 421800
Booking: http://www.godalminghotel.co.uk/BookOnline.html

The Kings Arms and Royal Hotel Godalming – 22 High St, Godalming GU7 1DZ
Phone:01483 421545
Booking: http://kingsarms.relaxinnz.co.uk/

Innkeeper’s Lodge Godalming – Ockford Road, Godalming GU7 1RH
Phone:0845 112 6102
Booking: http://www.innkeeperslodge.com/godalming/

Premier Inn Godalming Hotel – Guildford Rd, Godalming, Surrey GU7 3BX
Phone:0871 527 8466
Booking: http://www.premierinn.com/en/hotel/GODMAN/godalming

Instructors & Classes

To Be Announced


Tournament Details

To Be Announced


Social Schedule

To Be Announced



Steel Tournament Registration is now FULL

Nylon Registration is still Open

Register Here:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScgdndJ0aIfdigNhLjonEOSGUCG3gnmUp6TXlVLZmSbB-yhng/viewform

Cost is £50 for the weekend


Contact Details

For Queries please contact school of the sword at learn@sword.school