SWASH 31st May - 1st June 2014

SWASH 2014 Is Now Closed


Welcome to the Symposium on the Western Arts of Swordsmanship

SWASH is the flagship event of the British Federation for Historical Swordplay, and is considered one of the most prestigious Historical Western Martial Art events in Europe.

About this Event

The Royal Armouries in Leeds, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom will once again serve as the magnificent backdrop for the next Symposium on the Western Arts of Swordsmanship through History (SWASH).

This BFHS event is open to all practitioners and interested parties:

  • Academic Researchers
  • Stage Combatants
  • Sport Fencers
  • Eastern Martial Artists
  • Historical Re-enactors
  • Historical and Classical Fencers
  • Living History Exponents
  • and of course, Historical European Martial Artists

Attendees will by no means be limited to residents of the UK. On the contrary, we expect visitors from many other European countries as well as attendees from throughout the United Kingdom.

There will however be a discount for those who are members of the BFHS through their group.

What the BFHS is trying to achieve with SWASH is an interdisciplinary approach to Historical European Martial Arts by bridging boundaries which exist between the various groups and disciplines throughout the UK and Western Europe.

Over the course of the Symposium, delegates will get the chance to take part in workshops conducted by some of Europe’s leading instructors of Historical European Martial Arts. Additionally, there will be classes and demonstrations as well as private one-to-one training. if that were not enough to tempt you, how about hands-on access to some of the Royal Armouries impressive collection of historical artefacts? Furthermore, there will be opportunities to interact, free-play and exchange ideas, knowledge and methodology with swordsmen from throughout the UK and Europe.

SWASH. is not exclusively about work, research and training, it is a very social event as well. There will be an informal drinks reception on Friday evening which all are welcome to attend. On Saturday evening SWASH will host a Gala Dinner, which will be a grand evening with an elaborate meal shared by a veritable who’s who of the western martial art world in the UK and Europe. So polish your shoes and get out your glad rags, because it will be an evening not to be missed.

Please use this site to find out more about the event and associated logistics as well as to book your place as a delegate. Every attendee will need to book his or her place individually.

A feel for SWASH

This video was produced by Herbert Schmidt of Ars Gladii from his attendance at SWASH 2011. It nicely captures the atmosphere of SWASH.