Beginners welcome (over 16 years)

The Formal classes are:

8.00 start

Highland Broadsword
7.30 start


Highland Broadsword
Booking a Workshop, groups or one to one
Demos & Seminars
Code of Conduct
BFHS Groups - Map





The criteria here is that a linked site should contain information about the research and practice of European Martial Arts. You can reach us at if you feel your site fits this criteria.

International organisations/federations

BFHS - The British Federation for Historical Swordplay is a national, non political, umbrella group for all individual UK societies involved in the research, study and practise of historical fencing and the European Martial Arts. BFHS Membership Group Map

FISAS - Federazione Italiana Scherma Antica e Storica - Italian Ancient & Historical Federation, directed by Master at Arms Andrea Lupo Sinclair. FISAS practise true Duel fencing, mainly Italian styles, from the XIV to the early XX century.

Asociacion Espanola De Escrima Antigua - The AEEA as its name indicates is an association dedicated to the study the practice and the investigation of historical fencing. They practice fencing but not with sport weapons, but the study of historical arms. The objective is to understand through practice, how our ancestors fought and to reconstruct their techniques.

Malta Historical Fencing Association - The Malta Historical Fencing Association is dedicated to the study and practice of European Martial Arts techniques. Thier methods are based on the treatises and documents written by the fencing masters from the 13th to the 19th century, and the constant research and interpretations from practitioners worldwide.

Other schools/groups

Black Boar Swordsmanship School A School based in Cupar and Edinburgh studying Military Sabre and French Smallsword.

Escrime, Rapieres Et Fines Lames A School very established in the world of Sports fencing that is now seriously examining and practicing the European Martial Arts "La partie Escrime Ancienne est consacrée à la discipline que nous avons mise en place au sein de mon club, l'escrime de duel, et à la présentation des techniques d'escrime utilisées à la rapière au XVIIème siècle."

Martinez Academy of Arms - The Martinez Academy of Arms is a unique school that preserves the tradition of fencing as the study of the sword in its realistic application in personal RAPIER COMBAT. Entering the Academy, one steps into another era and finds a serious group of practitioners dedicated to the art of the sword.' - Maestro Ramon Martinez, a founder of IMAF. Based in the United States.

The Madonald Academy of Arms - The Academy is open to all, with no previous fencing or martial arts experience required in any form. Tuition is taught progressively according to the individual students' abilities and aptitude. Students are expected to attend in comfortable training clothing. Initial training equipment shall be provided.

Society for the Study of Swordsmanship - In the Society for the Study of Swordsmanship, they approach the Martial Arts and Martial Traditions of the European world in a truly combative spirit. They explore personal armed combat in all of its many and varied forms from civilian to military, medieval to modern, and are actively creating a generation of duellists and swashbucklers for the 21st century. The SSS do not care about performance or sport, audiences or judges. It is their belief that swordplay was never meant to be a game so pursue their studies with a serious martial approach.

The Linacre School of Defence - Oxford's sole society for the study of historical fencing. The LSD (a student society of Linacre College, Oxford) was formed in 1999 for the study of European martial arts, concentrating on the art of the sword as it was in Britain during the late 17th and early 18th centuries. The purpose of training is to prepare students for the defence of their lives with sharps, and we therefore they do not practice sport fencing, stage RAPIER COMBAT, re-enactment or any form of choreography.

Dawn Duellists Society - The Dawn Duellists Society is a historical fencing group studying the martial art of fencing, based in the centre of Edinburgh, Scotland's capital. We aim to replicate as closely as possible the study of the arts of fencing in European Europe from the 13th to 19th centuries.

The School Of The Sword - Their primary goal is to provide educational and entertaining displays of historically accurate swordplay from c.1540 to 1740. These displays are either stand-alone events, workshops/seminars, or provided as part of larger re-enactment events. They cover the ideas of many of the published Masters of each weapon rather than focusing on any single one. Weapons used:- Rapier, Spada di Lato (Side Sword), Back Sword and Small Sword. Long Sword and dagger are also covered.

1595 – The 1595 Club was founded in Sussex, England in 2002 & is dedicated to the practise, study & re-birth of the ‘lost’ martial arts of Europe. Our primary source is the work of 16th Century soldier, philosopher & master of fence Vincentio Saviolo

The School of European Swordsmanship, Helsinki - Founded and run by Guy Windsor, the school teaches the historically accurate use of most European sword types, from the period 1300 to 1900 AD, according to the principles written down by the original Masters.

Primary Historical Documents Sources - HBLL Library Information Network.




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