17 07, 2017

Montante Seminar – 15th July 2017

2017-07-17T17:16:37+00:00July 17th, 2017|Events, Reading|

The School of the Sword was proud to host Luke Ireland of The Exiles for a one day seminar on the Iberian montante on Saturday.

The aim was to provide an introduction to Dom Diogo Gomes de Figueiredo’s Memorial Da Prattica do Montante. Over the course of the day, students worked on many of the simple rules included in Figueiredo’s treatise, as well as expanding upon their use beyond the confines of the rules.

It was a great day and everyone really enjoyed having Luke instruct us.

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.


26 03, 2017

By The Sword – 18th / 19th March 2017

2017-03-26T20:33:32+00:00March 26th, 2017|Events, Rapier|

The School of the Sword instructors, Lizzie Wilson, Lynette Nusbacher and Fran Terminiello all gave classes at the inaugural By the Sword event last weekend. The first of its kind in the UK, the event was run for and by women.
There were classes in Spadone, grappling, pugilism, case of swords, sword and cape, rapier, longsword and smallsword, plus lots of cake and laughter!
By the Sword had a very positive and friendly vibe, and is ideal for newcomer and HEMA veteran alike.

28 02, 2017

Sunday Sparring – 26th February 2017

2017-02-26T21:30:09+00:00February 28th, 2017|Dagger, Godalming, Rapier, Reading, Sword & Buckler|

Sunday sparring was in Hawley again this past Sunday where students got another chance to put skills learnt during our training sessions into action.

Students put the two hours to good use with a large mix of weapons in play:  Sideword & buckler, rapiers, daggers, cloaks, smallsword, and even some Montante.


2 12, 2016

Reading Comic Con – 26th / 27th November 2016

2016-12-02T00:42:52+00:00December 2nd, 2016|Events|

The School of the Sword was present at the first ever Reading Comic Con this past week.  Students from both our Reading and Godalming salle turned up over the two days to give demonstrations of the various weapons we train with.  Not only did it educate the public about what we do and some of the differences between the fights they see in videogames and television with what happens in reality, it also gave our students hours to get some extra practise in.

17 11, 2016

Sunday Sparring – 13th November 2016

2016-11-17T20:15:27+00:00November 17th, 2016|Dagger, Rapier, Sword & Buckler|

Students met up in Godalming for sparring last Sunday.  There were a mix of weapon combinations in play including sword & buckler, rapier, montante and even smallsword.  It was a very active session and the time just flew past.

19 09, 2016

Sunday Sparring – 18th September 2016

2016-09-19T17:53:56+00:00September 19th, 2016|Dagger, Godalming, Rapier, Reading, Sword & Buckler|

Sunday Sparring went to Godalming this past weekend as students from both our Reading and Godalming salles met up to put in a bit of extra sparring time and try to put into practise techniques learnt at our training sessions.

There was a multitude of weapon combinations crammed into our 2.5 hour session including rapier & dagger, sidesword & buckler, single sidesword, single rapier,  rapier & cloak and even montante.

28 04, 2016

Godalming Training – 27th April 2016

2016-04-28T20:06:49+00:00April 28th, 2016|Dagger, Godalming, Rapier, Sword & Buckler|

It was the final lessons in the current teaching blocks on Wednesday evening in Godalming.   Our senior students will be starting new streams next week.  In Lizzie’s Montante group, students put together everything they’ve learned over the past few weeks to do some half-speed sparring.  Meanwhile, in Pim’s rapier & dagger stream, he worked on giving some individual feedback whilst the rest of the students played with a variety of weapon combinations.   Fran worked on getting the beginners group ready for their safety tests.

We were also joined by Jessica who is visiting the country from Holland, where she studies HEMA

21 04, 2016

Godalming Training – 20th April 2016

2016-04-21T21:02:35+00:00April 21st, 2016|Dagger, Godalming, Rapier|

There were flying penguins at Godalming on Wednesday night!  The Montante group was looking at dealing with thrown objects, and because throwing a sword might not be the safest thing to do, it was substituted for a stuffed penguin.  It produced a lot of laughs and worked as an effective drill.

Over in the rapier & dagger group, Pim lead students through some tournament scenarios resulting in some high intensity bouts.  Meanwhile the beginners continued their work toward their safety test


15 04, 2016

Godalming Training – 13th April 2016

2016-04-15T09:35:27+00:00April 15th, 2016|Dagger, Godalming, Rapier, Sword & Buckler|

A decent turnout on Wednesday for training in Godalming with three streams of learning.

Fran worked with the beginners with sword and buckler, the montante group were taken through a number of drills with Simon from our Reading salle, and the rapier group had a bit of tournament coaching with both single rapier and rapier & dagger ahead of the International Rapier Seminar this weekend.


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