19 04, 2018

Technical Tournament – Godalming 18 April 2018

2018-04-19T07:38:57+00:00April 19th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Last night we held a fun ‘Technical Tournament’ where everybody fought five bouts with different opponents, using matched weapons. Bouts were fought continuously for two minutes, and each person was assessed against certain criteria in the categories of tactics, poise and self preservation. As it turned out we had James in third place, Ziggy and Phil in joint second, and the overall winner was Kasten.

Everybody had a lot of fun and there was some really controlled and considered fencing taking place. It was a nice way to celebrate the end of this teaching block. Next Wednesday will be a sparring night, then we start our next block on 2 May:

Emilia – Introduction to single rapier

Sam – Spadone

Fran – Beginners course

31 12, 2016

Josh Davis Wins 2017 Scholarship Award

2016-12-27T12:39:43+00:00December 31st, 2016|Dagger, Rapier|

Josh Davis was awarded the 2017 Scholarship Award at the School of the Sword Xmas Meal.

The award, which sees the school send the recipient to an international tournament, is awarded to a student who has shown great technical ability.  Despite only having been studying historical fencing for a few years, Josh has already competed in a number of international competitions, placing fourth in rapier & dagger at the International Rapier Seminar.

Josh will represent the school at a tournament in 2017.  Congratulations Josh.

28 12, 2016

The School of the Sword Xmas Party – 23rd December 2016

2016-12-27T12:11:34+00:00December 28th, 2016|Godalming, Reading, social|

Friday night saw The School of the Sword’s annual Xmas social.  Students from both Reading and Godalming met up for a festive meal.  Both Fran and Matt gave speeches giving thanks to all those who have assisted them in the past year and allowed the school to continue to grow.  There were also a number of awards given out.

27 12, 2016

Godalming Bring-A-Weapon Party – 21st December 2016

2016-12-27T12:05:07+00:00December 27th, 2016|Dagger, Godalming, Rapier, Sword & Buckler|

Wednesday saw the last training session of the year and Godalming’s Bring-A-Weapon party.

Students got to spin a wheel to choose the weapons they would fight with, leading to some interesting and entirely one-sided fights.  It also gave students a chance to fight with weapons they may never have used before.  Good fun was had by all and it was the perfect way to finish what has been a very busy year for the school.

12 12, 2016

Godalming Training – 7th December 2016

2016-12-19T11:13:36+00:00December 12th, 2016|Dagger, Godalming, Rapier, Sword & Buckler|

Despite being that time of year when family commitments, christmas shopping and office parties get in the way of training we had a good turnout on Wednesday with three streams of training.

Fran worked with the beginners progressing towards their safety test, whilst Pim took theBolognese stream through some sword & buckler.  Meanwhile, Lynette continued her work with the rapier & dagger group on Fabris.

7 12, 2016

Reading Training – 5th December 2016

2016-12-07T11:04:40+00:00December 7th, 2016|Rapier, Reading, Sword & Buckler|

Our rapier stream really got into the spirit of rapier & cloak on Monday night.  Aside from being pictures of Renaissance sartorial elegance they found time for Matt to guide them through a number of plays using the cloak as a companion weapon with very effective results.

Meanwhile, Pim took the Bolognese group through hitting deep targets and Stewart worked with the beginners working towards their safety test.

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