Frequently Asked Questions
What will I learn?
Sword fighting! Specifically we focus on the study of the ancient martial arts of the knights of medieval England. These martial arts are based on principles that can be transferred between many different weapons, though we will focus on the traditional back-sword that was fashionable in Tudor England. To accompany this, we will teach use of the buckler – a small hand held shield to be used with the sword. Students may progress to training with quarterstaff and bill.
What equipment will I need?
At first all you will need is some comfy clothes for moving about in, and a can-do attitude. The club will provide simulated swords and safety gear, so you will not need to invest before you’re sure fencing is for you. As you progress you will begin to invest in your own equipment such as a mask, jacket, gloves and of course SWORDS! Your instructor will be available to advise on all these items as they become necessary.
How will I progress?
You will followed a structured curriculum designed to progress you through the art from Novice to Master. Grades will be achieved by ‘playing for a prize’ whereby you will issue a challenge to wider groups of fencers and demonstrate your skills. The prizes will first be played for at your own school, but progress to various schools within a 60 mile radius. This particular method of progression has been used since the time of Henry VIII and we continue it to this day!
Is it dangerous?
Safe and respectful fencing is key to our training. Though there is an inherent risk to sword fighting, you and your classmates will train from day one to fight responsibly, protecting yourselves and one another. The simulators you use will be blunt, whether wooden or steel, and you will progress to free fighting only when you are deemed safe to do so. At this point, you will be required to wear a fencing mask to protect the face, a jacket for torso protection, and gloves to cushion the hands.
Is it for me?
Of course it is! Sword fighting is awesome!
People from all walks of life have discovered a love of fencing, and we welcome anyone who would like to learn this ancient and noble art. Your instructor will tailor your learning to suit your ability, and is more than happy to discuss any physical or medical concerns you have regarding your training. Essentially you are the leader of your fencing journey, and your instructor is your guide. It’s worth mentioning that swords are actually considerably lighter than many might think.
Our school is an inclusive and supportive atmosphere, dedicated to helping students of all ages, genders, races, nationalities and orientations to feel safe and flourish. We have a zero tolerance policy on any manner of discrimination or harassment.
What does membership include?
Membership to the club expresses your desire to learn the art. Once you’re signed up as a member, your instructor will begin to guide your journey in a more dedicated manner towards the end goal of mastery. You will begin training toward your first grading – and with it the ability to engage in free play. Membership also includes your own insurance and discounts on some of the equipment you will need. Due to insurance requirements, you will need to become a member after your first two months of training.
How much does it cost?
Costs have been structured to make life easy. Most importantly, your first lesson is free – so come along and see if fencing is for you.
If you decide to come back, you can pay casually for the first two months at £12 per lesson.
After 2 months you will need to become a member. Membership costs £15 per year and lessons will cost £35 per month from this point.
Grading costs will be discussed with you upon your request to take the grade. There is no cost for your first grade from Novice to Scholar.