Stork's Beak: Historical Fencing

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Join the school to practise techniques based on historical combat manuals from the 15th to early 20th centuries, exploring swordsmanship as a martial discipline (not a sport or part of an historical re-enactment). The first class for new prospective members is free.

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Join the school to practice techniques based on historical combat manuals from the 15th to early 20th centuries, exploring western swordsmanship as a martial art (not a sport or part of an historical re-enactment).

Swords and other weapons taught include the longsword (also called the hand-and-a-half sword or bastard sword), the Dussack / Messer (a single handed sword similar to a medieval falchion) and the Great Stick. The school currently has as a focus the work of Joachim Meyer from his 1570 treatise.

Instruction at the school is founded on nearly 15 years practice and teaching at both national and international HEMA events. Private instruction at times other than those listed for classes are available, please contact for details.

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Misadventures in Wonderland: Just what exactly is historical fencing?

25 Feb 2013

We send our columnist to learn how to wield a sword at a historical fencing class

As strange as it is being a 24-year-old woman ordered by your boss to go and fight a bunch of strangers with a stick, I told myself this still wasn't an excuse for the return of my belligerent attitude when forced to do PE at school. My mum would give…

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