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16 10, 2022

The School Of The Sword Celebrates 20th Anniversary

2022-10-19T07:18:48+00:00October 16th, 2022|Events, Reading|

This year sees the 20th anniversary of School of the Sword, and whilst we’re planning a year long celebration with most of the activities in the summer, next month we will be hosting a freeplay session, open to members of other schools, followed by a meal in Reading in the evening.

For full details and booking information, please consult [THIS LINK]

10 10, 2022

Reading Students Pass Safety Test

2022-10-19T07:30:33+00:00October 10th, 2022|Reading, Sword & Buckler|

Monday night saw the addition of new studenti after Paul, Magnus and Lenny passed their safety test and rose from the rank of Candidati.

After many weeks of hard work learning, Paul, Magnus and Lenny have shown that they have understood the foundations of swordplay and are now ready to engage in a wider range of training as a Studente.

Congratulations to all of them.

30 09, 2022

SOTS Summer(ish) Social

2022-10-19T07:25:09+00:00September 30th, 2022|Godalming, Oxford, Reading, social|

What with the pandemiic it’s been a long time since the school had a proper social. That all changed on Friday night when members of all chapters gathered in Reading for a night of food, drinks and sword related chat. It was good to catch up and meet members from other chapters we’d not encountered before. Thanks to Josh and Jubie for opening their house to us all.

17 07, 2022

Reading Training For 18th July Cancelled

2022-07-18T18:56:46+00:00July 17th, 2022|Reading|

Due to the current extreme heat the country is experiencing, this week’s training at Reading is cancelled. It’s difficult not to dehydrate in protective gear at the best of times and with the forecast temperatures due to reach around 40 degrees, conditions in the hall will be far from comfortable. Training will resume as normal next week.

4 07, 2022

Reading Training – 4th July 2022

2022-07-06T17:14:11+00:00July 4th, 2022|Dagger, Rapier, Reading|

Tonight at our Reading Chapter we saw the start of a new introductory course for beginners, together with dagger fighting and some serious studying of Capoferro for our more experienced students

27 06, 2022

Reading Training – 27th June 2022

2022-07-01T19:42:16+00:00June 27th, 2022|Dagger, Rapier, Reading|

Students at our Reading chapter had a choice between single dagger and rapier at training tonight.

22 06, 2022

Reading Training – 22nd June 2022

2022-07-01T18:23:06+00:00June 22nd, 2022|Rapier, Reading|

Tonight at Reading, students got to enjoy a mix of streams. Simon continued his work looking at the parrying gauntlet, whilst Chris gave students an introduction to Capoferro

6 06, 2022

Reading Training – 6th June 2022

2022-07-01T18:16:31+00:00June 6th, 2022|Reading|

Reading students started a new stream tonight, looking at an unusual weapon combination in Bolognase fencing (Sidesword and Parrying Gauntlet) from the Anonimo Bolognase and exploring the extrapolation of Bolognase techniques to dagger fighting and unarmed self-defence (based primarily on Marozzo, but with reference to other Italian fencing masters such as Fiore and Di Grassi)

18 04, 2018

Level up! New studenti in Reading – 17 April 2018

2018-04-18T08:09:44+00:00April 18th, 2018|Reading, Sword & Buckler, Uncategorized|

Congratulations to our new studenti who passed their safety test last night in Reading: Jim, Daniel and Emma. They are now able to participate in freeplay, and are full members of the School. We wish them every success in their careers with us.

The Safety Test is an integral part of our curriculum, where we test candidati (new recruits) for their technical knowledge and application, as well as their ability to practice fencing safely. Once passed a student then becomes a full member of the School.

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