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Societies of the sword
The intention of this page is to offer a reasonably up to date list of UK societies interested in the study of swordsmanship. Alongside each name is a hyperlinked date, which is the date on which the link was last checked. Click on the date to show a brief description of the society its interests and contact details.
Swordsmanship: Aberdeen :01/12/2003
Swordsmanship is a new group which is in the process of getting established in Aberdeen. The meetings revolve around a study group approach, with current interests including multiple weapon forms, grappling and closing techniques, body mechanics and developing the right mentality. Practice includes both contact and non contact sparring, drilling with wooden wasters and practice with replica weapons.
Youngblood: Aintree, London :02/07/2003
Youngblood is a well established collective of New School Fight Directors and Stage Combat Instructors with a strong emphasis on Historic Combat. They provide training and host workshops on all aspects of fight direction, and have regular training sessions at which historic and classical fencers are always welcome.
The Boar's Tooth: Folkestone, Kent :04/03/2002
The Boar't Tooth is a fight group focusing on the translation, study and practice of mediaevil fighting techniques. At the moment the techniques primarily studied are Longsword, sword and buckler and wrestling as described in Ringeck, 1.33 and Silver.
Schola Gladiatoria: Ealing, West London :10/06/2003
The main focus of this small group is 15thC Italian martial arts, primarily based on Fiore dei Liberi, but also Filippo Vadi. They translated the original of Fior di Battaglia (Getty version http://www.fioredeiliberi.org/gallery/Getty and have presented research at scholarly and martial arts events all over Europe.
The Free Fighters Guild: Northampton/Leicestershire :26/10/2001
Taranis Fighting Arts: Leicester/Nottingham :20/03/2002
Taranis is the martial art division of Swordplay and as such focuses exclusively on real combat techniques. The techniques are developed as a result of rigorous practice, trial and error, with historic texts being used as a supplementary rather than primary source.
The Exiles: UK :26/10/2001
A group focusing on mediaevil and early renaissance combat. The website is becoming possibly the single most useful resource for UK based western martial arts. Includes discussion forums, CD manuals, articles, events and much more.
The European Historical Combat Guild: Leeds & London :01/12/2003
Very exciting society formed by Jon Waller head interpreter at the Royal Armouries. Focuses on the study of and practice of european martial arts. The website is a little bit out of date down, but is currently undergoing a major rework (Dec 03), so watch this space.
The Dawn Duellists: Edinburgh :01/12/2003
The famous Edinburgh based society that has been up and running now since 1994, many weapons studied, a large group of regulars with a considerable amount of experience, expertise and knowledge. Oh and a friendly bunch too (if a bit Scottish). Displays frequently given by Paul Macdonald of Macdonald Armouries fame, and Gareth Hunt.
The Sussex Rapier Society: Brighton :13/06/2001
Well established society focusing on rapier combat between 1525 and 1675, excellent website featuring a PDF newsletter, accounts of historic duels as well as many contacts for all manner of period equipment and clothing.
The Linacre School of Defence: Oxford :29/06/2001
A well established society, moderate number of weapons studied. Very informative and useful website.
The Company of Maisters of the Science of Defence: London :29/06/2001
A society founded in 1997 upon the principles of an old London based school of defence by Maister Terry Brown. The aim is to try and re-introduce the traditional English fighting systems to modern martial artists. Many weapons studied, in a constructive environment with a structured grading and appraisal system. Also several interesting articles.
The Society for the Study of Swordsmanship: Whitby :29/06/2001
A well established group that has been up and running now for a few years. Many weapons studied, A good sized group of regulars lead by Marc Donnelly.(Also of Costume Con fame)
The Period Fencers Guild: Birmingham :29/06/2001
Lovely folks, only too willing to accomodate the interests of new members, broad spectrum of knowledge and experience. Equally broad range of weapons studied.
The Albion Academy of Arms: Lancashire :29/06/2001
Mr. Mark Hillyard. 15 Calder Avenue, Freckleton,Lancs. PR4 1DN
National Association of Re-enactment Societies (NAReS) UK :29/06/2001
A well established umbrella organisation covering many UK combat and re-enactment groups. A calendar of forthcoming events and links to all the societies. Many links to weapon and equipment suppliers.
The School of the Sword: UK :31/01/2002
The School of the Sword is a small group researching and demonstrating historical swordplay from 1540-1740. We primarily focus on rapier, sidesword, backsword and smallsword. Currently we are working on a full
translation and analysis of Francesco Alfieri's "La Scherma" (1640)
The School of Defence: UK :29/06/2001
More completely called: Cut &Thrust, The School of Defence. Offers a regular training program, calendar of events and online manuals. Sister organisation to The School of the Sword.
The Duelling Association: Leicester :29/06/2001
Mr. Baden Favill. 27 Monsell Drive, Aylestone, Leicester. LE2 8PP.
The Highland Freebooters: Plockton :29/06/2001
Mr. Nic Harrison or Ms. Char Horne, Craggen Cottage, Craig, Plockton. IV52 8UB.
Ipswich Fencing Club: Suffolk :29/06/2001
Mr. W. J. Vinyard. 80 Dover Road, Ipswich, Suffolk. IP3 8JQ.
The Yorkshire Swordplay Society: Sheffield :More
Mr. Andrew Kay. 51 Ochre Dike Walk, Rockingham, Rotherham. S61 4DL.