The British Federation for Historical Swordplay is a national,
independent umbrella group for all individual UK societies involved in
the research, study and practice of historical fencing and the European
The BFHS is made up of individual societies
researching original fencing treatises that can be traced as far back as
the late 13th century. With access to over 700 years of historical
documents written by long-dead fencing masters, modern practitioners
find, interpret, teach and revive techniques and philosophies from
Europe’s martial past.
Oriental styles do not have the monopoly
on practical, pragmatic techniques, nor on martial philosophy, so if you
are interested in something a little unusual, find your local BFHS
group and take part in the flourishing revival of Europe’s martial
heritage. While the BFHS is concerned with the specific disciplines
belonging to the European martial arts tradition, it also recognises and
respects the other sword related disciplines of sport fencing,
theatrical stage combat and Eastern martial arts.
For further information regarding historical fencing and European martial arts, please contact us.
Mr Bob Brooks