22 08, 2021

School Of The Sword Goes To Fightcamp 2021

2021-09-02T17:41:11+00:00August 22nd, 2021|Events|

Fightcamp is a long running UK event organised by our friends over at Schola Gladiatoria.  It’s a fun weekend of camping, classes and camaraderie.

This year, three School of the Sword instructors were invited to teach.  Fran ran a class on Anonimo Bolognese Poleaxe, Adrian ran a class on Active Buckler Defense and unfortunately the weather put a stop to Emilia’s class on dirty rapier tricks.  All the students seemed to enjoy themselves, and it was good to catch up with members of the wider HEMA community after so long apart.

30 10, 2017

The School Of The Sword Collects Medal Haul At Wessex League Reading

2017-10-30T17:07:40+00:00October 30th, 2017|Dagger, Events, Rapier, Trophies|

Saturday saw the latest leg of the new Wessex league tournament in Reading where a large number of the School of the Sword students took part.    The Wessex League is a series of tournaments aimed at all HEMA practitioners that want to experience competition for the first time or to step up their game. It has the format of international HEMA competition while remaining accessible and friendly.

Members of the school performed well in competition, with us taking away a number of medals and continuing to be ranked a very solid first in the team competition.

  • Fran Terminiello – Gold Ladies Longsword
  • Maria Makarova – Gold Ladies Rapier & Dagger, Bronze Ladies Longsword
  • Lizzie Wilson – Bronze Ladies Rapier & Dagger
  • Stewart Hotston  – Gold Open Rapier & Dagger
  • Matthew Crane – Silver Open Rapier & Dagger
  • Jay Maxwell – Bronze Open Rapier & Dagger

Congratulations to all the winners!

22 10, 2017

School Of The Sword Instructs In Romania

2017-10-22T07:53:27+00:00October 22nd, 2017|Events, Rapier|

The School of the Sword was in Romania when instructors Piermarco Terminiello and Adrian Faulkner attended Optimus – Bucharest HEMA Open 2017.

This new HEMA event, organised by HEMA – Societas Milites Getae, was held in the ground of a Romanian Palace and saw our instructors not only give a couple of seminars on the use of the sidesword & rapier, but also help judge the longsword competition.

With an amazing location, good attendance from across Europe, great weather and excellent organisation this proved to be an event to be remembered and we’d like to thank both organisers and participants for making us feel so royally welcome.

18 09, 2017

The School Of The Sword Wins Multiple Medals At Wessex League Bristol

2017-09-18T12:44:26+00:00September 18th, 2017|Dagger, Rapier, Trophies|

The School of The Sword turned up en masse in Bristol this past weekend to compete in the inaugural first event in the Wessex League.  The Wessex League is a series of tournaments aimed at all HEMA practitioners that want to experience competition for the first time or to step up their game. It has the format of international HEMA competition while remaining accessible and friendly.

Members of the school performed well in competition, with us taking away a number of medals and currently ranking a very solid first in the team competition.

  • Maria Makarova – Gold Ladies Longsword, Gold Ladies Sabre
  • Fran Terminiello – Silver Ladies Longsword, Bronze Ladies Sabre
  • Jay Maxwell – Gold Open Rapier & Dagger
  • Adrian Faulkner – Silver Open Rapier & Dagger

Congratulations to all the winners!

9 09, 2017

School Of The Sword Fighting For Bronze In Seattle

2017-09-09T11:26:17+00:00September 9th, 2017|Events, Rapier|

Senior Instructor and ‘matriarch’ of the School of the Sword, Fran Terminiello, is in Seattle, Washington this weekend participating in the Swordsquatch event where she is running a workshop on rapier body mechanics.

Whilst not one of the core weapons we study, word has reached us that Fran will be fighting for bronze in the ladies’ longsword competition.  We wish Fran the best of luck!

25 08, 2017

School of the Sword Instructs At Swiss Blades

2017-09-02T21:54:36+00:00August 25th, 2017|Events, Rapier|

The School of the Sword was in Switzerland the weekend of the 19th & 20th August attending the Swiss Blades event.

The Swiss Blades is an international Historical European Martial Arts event, organised by the HEMA division of the Association Médiévale Romande with 15 workshops over 2 days and a feder tournament.

School of the Sword world-acknowledged instructor, Jay Maxwell, taught a workshop on the cutting rapier, examining the body and blade mechanics, and optimise movement and posture using analysis of solo and partner drills to improve speed, strength and efficiency.

Thanks to Swiss Blades for the images.

14 08, 2017

The School of The Sword Sees Fightcamp Success

2017-08-14T13:06:40+00:00August 14th, 2017|Events, Rapier, Sword & Buckler, Trophies|

The School of the Sword had a busy weekend this past weekend attending the annual Fightcamp event, held in the Midlands.  The event sees HEMA practitioners from around the world gather for a long weekend of camping, workshops and competitions.  The school was well represented by students from both Godalming and Reading.

Instructors Piermarco Terminiello and Jay Maxwell both taught classes.  The school also came away with a number of medals in the various competitions.

  • Maria Makarova – Silver, Eggleton Cup
  • Alexander Makarov – Silver Single Rapier; Gold Sabre
  • Matthew Crane – Bronze Single Rapier

Congratulations to all winners.


9 06, 2017

The School Of The Sword Guaranteed Medals In Sweden

2017-06-09T16:59:01+00:00June 9th, 2017|Dagger, Events, Rapier, Trophies|

Members of The School of the Sword are fighting in Kristinehamn, Sweden this weekend at the Swedish Open 2017.

Alexander Makarov beat Kristofer Stanson for bronze in the rapier & dagger tournament, whilst Piermarco Terminiello will face Victor Hesel for the gold medal tomorrow.

This event represents the culmination of the 2017 Nordic League in which Alexander Makarov is now guaranteed second place in the rapier & dagger league and Piermarco Terminiello is guaranteed first place.

Congratulations all.  We’ll be wishing all the best for Pim for tomorrow.


2 06, 2017

The School Of The Sword At May Melee

2017-06-02T21:11:23+00:00June 2nd, 2017|Events, Rapier|

Last weekend, members of The School of the Sword attended the May Melee in Gloucestershire, with three of our instructors running classes at the event.

Lizzie Rose taught Montante, Jay Maxwell did a session on sidesword and rotella, and Alexander Makarov looked at Italian Rapier.


2 06, 2017

SAAM Achille Marozzo Torneo Review (20th / 21st May 2017) by Jay Maxwell

2017-06-02T19:15:18+00:00June 2nd, 2017|Events|

On May 20-21, I attended the biggest HEMA tournament ever staged, organized by the Achille Marozzo club in Italy – equally the worlds largest HEMA club with over 800 members.

The event was one of the few tournaments to focus exclusively on the sidesword and its companion weapons, and led to some interesting sponsors: such as Thokk, whose design of protective glove was directly inspired by his connection to the organizing club and a desire to provide better hand protection without impairing mobility. Also, the ubiquitous Black Fencer, as well as the awesome and relatively unknown work of Malleus Martialis, an Italian based HEMA bladesmith (check out his Targas!!).

More than 300 participants, averaging around 250 fighters in each category, kept attendees on their toes and a second round of eliminations for those who were beaten in the pools – the prize being reentered into the tournament proper – meant that no one ended up wasting a trip by becoming merely an observer.

The sheer amount of passion and love for the art was on display throughout, each club or even regional chapter having its own chants, colours, traditions and banners; making for an incredibly vibrant and lively atmosphere. The friendly rivalry, I was informed, led to duels and ambushes on a regular basis (including running battles in the streets while dressed as hobbits). All of which keeps the interest and spirit of competitiveness alive and fun between groups dispersed across the breadth of the country.

At the end of the first day, we were invited to join the organisers for a gala dinner at the aptly named ‘Casa Spadoni’ where menus were not provided, but the overworked kitchen staff must have simply emptied everything they had onto plates to feed over 200 hungry sword men and women. The dishes just kept coming, the wine was on tap (literally) and the laughter did not stop.

Foreign fencers are offered a collection service from the airport to the hotel and to and from the event/restaurant, but this was not something I needed to take advantage of being hosted by the inexhaustible Pietro Bruzzi at his family’s country house. Set in the hills near the coast of Cesenatico, overlooking endless vinyards, I spent the evenings depleting his homemade beer reserves and watching the glowworms (fireflies) dancing, while discussing the finer points of blademanship.

The next day it was straight back into the fight, the heavy evening having in no way weakened the lustre or energy of the events attendees. My eyes were fixated on the awards, ceramic medals and trophies. Made locally in a traditional style they really stood out as unique. The finals were hard fought, and the awards well earned, and respect really needs to go to the judges and organisers who presided over the goings on. With ten arenas in use at all times, every fight, from pools, through an exhausting seven rounds of eliminations, to the finals, all had a minimum of four judges, all of whom were not just proficient but also instructed on the weapons being used.

In short, this has now become firmly ensconced as my favourite event of the year, and is indelibly branded into my diary for the years to come.

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