4 05, 2016

Come And Grapple With The School of the Sword

2016-05-04T16:04:25+00:00May 4th, 2016|Events, Godalming|

Our events team has been incredibly busy of late.  Aside from our two training classes a week, we’re increasing the number of sparring sessions and seminars for our members.

However, we’ve got a number of events coming up that will be open to wider than just school members!

The first of these will be the Grappling Workshop on the afternoon of  the 12th June 2016 at our Godalming (and International Rapier Seminar) venue.  Peter Smallridge will be joining us for a 2 hour grappling workshop after which we’ll have 3 hours of sparring.

We’re taking registrations and payment for this event through our attendance system and booking is now open to members of other HEMA schools to come and join us!  It would be great to see you.

For further details and booking:


18 04, 2016

Winners At International Rapier Seminar 2016

2016-04-18T17:19:16+00:00April 18th, 2016|Events, Trophies|

The School of the Sword played host to the International Rapier Seminar this past weekend with participants and instructors from all round the world converging in Godalming.  Amongst the multiple training streams, the event also saw tournaments for single rapier as well as rapier & dagger.

In the Rapier & Dagger tournament

1st Place – George Zacharopoulos (Academy of Hoplomachia, Greece)
2nd Place – Stewart Hotston (School of the Sword, UK)
3rd Place – Maria Makarova (School of the Sword, UK)

In Single Rapier tournament

1st Place – Alexander Makarov (School of the Sword, UK)
2nd Place – Massimiliano Moscatelli  (Accademia Romana d’Armi, Italy)
3rd Place – Robert Wrightson (Sussex Sword Academy, UK)


Robert Wrightson also won the best technical fencer prize, winning a custom rapier from Danelli Armouries.

Whilst we’re naturally thrilled to see school members do well in the tournaments, we’d like to congratulate all winners, and thank all participants, instructors, organisers, helpers and our fantastic sponsors: Danelli Armouries, The Knight ShopGajardoni and Neyman Fencing.  We hope everyone had a wonderful time and look forward to joining you all next year.

3 04, 2016

School of the Sword Instructing At May Melee

2016-04-01T16:32:38+00:00April 3rd, 2016|Events|

As well as our regular training sessions in Godalming and Reading, School of the Sword instructors travel to events the world over to give seminars and workshops.

In May, Instructor Jay Maxwell will be heading down to The May Melee event in Bath where he will be giving a workshop on the biomechanics of the lunge.


19 03, 2016

The School of the Sword Heading To Greece

2016-03-18T18:56:26+00:00March 19th, 2016|Events|

The School of the Sword will be heading to Greece this June, when instructor Piermarco ‘Pim’ Terminiello will be teaching a workshop at Hemathlon.

HEMAC HEMATHON is the first international open HEMA event in Greece. It will be held in the city of Athens from June 3rd to June 5th 2016 and will be hosted by the SC Academy of Hoplomachia with the collaboration of Sala d’Arme ‘Aquila Gladiatrix’, under the auspices of the Agency for Social Solidarity-Protection, Culture and Sport of the Municipality of Filothei – Psychiko.

Pim’s workshop will be entitled “Manipulating Measure” and will look at closing measure from a lunge-orientated approach and passing footwork.

For more details on the event, check out Hemathlon’s website.

13 03, 2016

International Rapier Seminar 2016 Workshops Announced

2016-03-13T12:38:26+00:00March 13th, 2016|Events, Rapier|

Those who have already booked should have seen the email, but we’re pleased to announce the fantastic line-up of instructors and classes they will be teaching at this year’s International Rapier Seminar, hosted by The School of the Sword.

For more details on the event check out the International Rapier Seminar Mini-site


7 03, 2016

Fiore Dagger Seminar – 5th March 2016

2016-03-05T21:30:33+00:00March 7th, 2016|Dagger, Godalming, Reading|

On Saturday, School of the Sword  students from both Reading and Godalming gathered  to stab their friends in the back… and the front and just about anywhere else when we had the pleasure of hosting guest instructor, Jack Gassman.  Jack kindly gave us a very fun and informative seminar on Fiore Dagger.

Jack had the students start by working on flinch reactions before building it up through a series of scenario drills to defence and disarms.  A lot of energy and laughs that had us throwing ourselves (as well as each other) around right up until the end.

6 03, 2016

School of the Sword Instructors Heading To Boudicca

2016-03-05T22:35:27+00:00March 6th, 2016|Events|

We’re pleased to announce that two of our instructors will be heading to East Anglia this May to instruct at the brand new Boudicca – Warrior Queen event.

Boudicca is an annual women’s only HEMA teaching and competitive event celebrating and promoting women in HEMA. For women, by women with the aim to encourage more women to take part and compete in HEMA.   The event is also raising awareness of and money for Fibromyalgia research.

SOTS instructor Fran Terminiello will be teaching Bolognese sidesword at the event on 14th May whilst Lizzie Wilson will look at Bolognese sword and buckler.

For more details, check out the event’s Facebook page


1 02, 2016

School Of The Sword Instructing At Spring Exchange

2016-02-01T13:47:32+00:00February 1st, 2016|Events|

This Easter, three of our instructors will be heading up to York to instruct at the 2016 Spring Exchange.

Jay Maxwell will be looking at single and dual Sword use in the Florentine System in “A Case of Sideswords”.   Matt Crane will be doing a session on Fabris Rapier & Cloak entitled “Always know where your towel is!”  And Lizzie Wilson will be doing an Introduction to Bolognese Sword and Buckler.

For further details and booking instructions check out the BFHS Website

10 11, 2015

Fabris Seminar – 7th November 2015

2015-11-10T10:44:15+00:00November 10th, 2015|Dagger, Rapier|

Senior students from both groups gathered in Godalming this past weekend for a special seminar on Fabris from senior instructor, Phil Marhsall.

Salvatore Fabris was an Italian fencing master whose treatise,  Lo Schermo, overo Scienza d’Arme, was a bestseller, being reprinted for over 100 years.

For 6 hours, they contorted themselves into the various guards as they went through a number of techniques.  Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the session (though there were some reports of a lot of aches in the days that followed) and the day ended with a social in town.

20 07, 2015

Rapier Seminar – 18th July, Reading

2015-08-16T11:08:58+00:00July 20th, 2015|Godalming, Rapier, Reading|

This weekend we were pleased to have a large turnout at short notice for an all day intensive class at the Rivermead Leisure Complex in Reading. Fencers at every level of ability were able to work on their skills, and learn new ones, in this fantastic session led by senior instructor Phil Marshall and founder Caroline Stewart.

We plan to hold more of these seminars every quarter, in different locations. Get along if you really want to improve your fencing.


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