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List of BFHS Member Groups

Here you will find a list of member groups that are happy to advertise contact details directly on our site. You may also view a map of groups by clicking here

 

 

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Aberdeen Swordsmanship Group
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Description

The Aberdeen Swordsmanship Group exists as a non-profit making study group to provide training and study into historical European swordsmanship, Uphold a true historical and martial approach to all teachings done within the group and to conduct research into historical European swordsmanship, to contribute to the Western martial art community's overall understanding of historical treatises and their meanings

Contact
Kim Young
Geographic Area
Aberdeen
Qualifications
BFHS IL1
Insurance
BFHS (Instructor and Member Level)
Academie Glorianna
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Description

Elizabethan Swordsmanship, specialising in the works of George Silver

Contact
Mark Hillyard - 01772 635398
Geographic Area
Lancashire
Qualifications
BFHS CI, BFHS IL1
Insurance
BFHS (Instructor and Member Level)
Aisle O'var Backswording Clubbe
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Description

Aisle O'var are scholars and practitioners of the Ancient and Noble Science of Defence and that most excellent of ancient country sports, English Country Backswording Circa 1600. Our main focus is in the study of the single-handed broadsword/backsword and the English Quarterstaff/Tip staff using the principles of the true fight as laid down by George Silver in his Paradoxes of Defence in 1599 and his unpublished manuscript A brief instruction upon my paradoxes of defence and many other historical treatises for our studies of Traditional English Martial Arts (TE-MA) in order that we practise a complete martial system.

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Please email initial enquiries
Contact
Peter Holland - 07880605377
Geographic Area
Bedfordshire
Qualifications
Qualified Martial arts Coach, BADC Certified, Fitness instructor Level 2 , Circuit trainer Level 2, Personal Trainer Level 3.
Insurance
AMA (Instructors and Club)
Black Boar Swordsmanship School
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Description

Black Boar Swordsmanship School is a martial arts school based in North Eastern Fife, and Edinburgh. It teaches the arts of military sabre, walking stick, courtsword and antagonistics to students 18 years and over.

Contact
Ian Macintyre
Geographic Area
Fife, Edinburgh and Congleton (Cheshire)
Qualifications
BFHS CI, BFHS IL1
Dawn Duellists Society
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Description

The Dawn Duellists Society is a historical fencing group studying the martial art of fencing, based in the centre of Edinburgh, Scotland's capital. It aims to replicate as closely as possible the study of the arts of fencing in Western Europe from the 13th to 19th centuries. Studies cover disciplines as wide ranging as medieval longsword and sword and buckler through renaissance rapier to the military sabre, classical fencing and stick arts of the 19th century.

Contact
Secretary or President
Geographic Area
Edinbrugh
Qualifications
BFHS CI
Dragon’s Tayle
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Description
Based on the centuries old writings of J. Ledall we practice an English art for the Longsword as it was used at the height of the Medieval period.

Through the Dragon’s Tayle structured learning programme you will learn basic principles that can be applied to any martial art and provide a solid base for understanding the core essence of self defence.

In addition we provide a fun, alternative means of gaining strength, fitness and agility that can be used to enhance all aspects of your life.
Contact
Steve Thurston 07850816701 or 01325 378696
Geographic Area
North Yorkshire
Glamorgan School of Arms
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Description

We are a Swansea based Western Martial Arts group, studying in the main techniques for long-handled and single-handed sword combat used in the period from the 13th and 16th Centuries.

Training every Wednesday 18:00 to 19:30 at St. Phillips Community Hall, Swansea.

Contact
Dirk Neuman
Geographic Area
Glamorgan
Linacre School of Defence
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Description

The Linacre School of Defence exists to train its members in a pragmatic and martial approach to 18th-century British martial arts. Training is conducted in the small-sword, back-sword and pugilism as if preparing for a serious encounter rather than school play. The intention is to produce martial artists capable of competently defending their lives in a manner with which our ancestors would have been familiar. To develop the skills of our students we attempt to meet and train with practitioners of diverse (primarily Western) systems whenever possible. We aim also to promote an understanding of the theory of the art through the study of period texts.

Contact
Dr Milo Thurston
Geographic Area
Oxford
Qualifications
BFHS CI, BFHS IL1
Insurance
BFHS (Instructor and Member Level)
Medieval Combat Group
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Description

We practice swordsmanship from the medieval period, specialising in the German Longsword.

Classes are on Mondays, 7.30 - 9.15 in the Donegall Pass Community Centre, Belfast.

Contact
Matthew Malcolm
Geographic Area
Belfast
Qualifications
BFHS IL1
Insurance
BFHS (Instructor and Member Level)
Medieval Fencing Association
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Description
Based in Slough and concentrating on the work of Sigmund Ringeck (Liechtenauer tradition)
Contact
Philippe Willaume
Geographic Area
Slough
Qualifications
BFHS IL1
Insurance
BFHS (Instructor and Member Level)
Medieval Martial Arts
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Description
Medieval Martial Arts is a school of Western martial arts based in the South West and teaches authentic English martial arts & self defence.  The art uses a number of different weapons, including: quarter staff, various types of swords, pole arms, empty hand, and a whole host of combinations (sword & dagger and sword & buckler to name a few).
Geographic Area
Wiltshire
Mercian Medieval Fight Club
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Contact
John Robertson 07749 723 769
Patrimonial Unified Martial Arts
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Description
We teach bartitsu (walking cane self defence) hand to hand self defence, rapier and interpretational sword cane techniques. We have brought historic western martial arts bang up to the 21st century, teaching practical, usable cane fighting and self defence.
Contact
Tamlin J McPherson
Geographic Area
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Schola Gladiatoria
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Description

Schola Gladiatoria is led by Matt Easton and has classes in London (Ealing) and Yorkshire (Bradford). It also has informal activities in Surrey (Guildford). We have taught at events across Europe since 2001 and cover medieval Italian and German knightly traditions (longsword, dagger, pollaxe, spear) as well as Victorian sabre and bayonet. We have won and ranked highly in numerous competitions throughout Europe and we run one of Europe's largest annual events - FightCamp. Our doors are always open to beginners

Contact
Matt Easton
Geographic Area
West London, Bradford.
Qualifications
BFHS IL1
Insurance
BFHS (Instructor)
School of Medieval European Fencing
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Description

We, as a School, have been practising and teaching HEMA for over 25 years. Our current teaching syllabus is based upon the 1503 - 1510 treatise by Master Sigmund Ringeck (the elder), who's own book expands on the teachings of the great Master Johannes Liechtenauer, setting down his system in the form of rhyming couplets in the mid 14th Century. Our current interpretation of the late medieval German system of fence has evolved from more than 15 years invested in researching, understanding and developing the principles involved in the system. Having based this research upon our own translation and interpretation of the manuscript we have rediscovered a very effective martial system from which sound martial principles have arisen and around which our syllabus has been designed. Our teaching very much focuses on the proper application of technique and discipline, encouraging our students to see the system as a whole and not just as a series of actions and reactions. Our gradings are currently based upon the longsword system as taught by Liechtenauer and the disciplines we teach are longsword, sword and buckler, dagger, messer, wrestling, staff and pole weapons, involving armoured and un-armoured techniques.

Contact
Chris Stride
Geographic Area
High Wycombe
Qualifications
BFHS IL1
Insurance
BFHS (Instructor and Member Level)
Sheffield Academy of Western Martial Arts
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Description

All students start off looking at 19th Century British Military Sabre, initially at the works of Capt. Alfred Hutton, but then moving towards including the principles of the much earlier works of George Silver. Once a student attains Free Scholar rank, he may then request lessons in other weapons including Longsword (Fiore, Ringeck), Smallsword (Angelo, Hope) and Rapier (Fabris).

Contact
David Rudd (Chief Instructor)
Geographic Area
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Qualifications
BFHS IL1
Insurance
BFHS (Instructor and Member Level)
Society for the Study of Swordsmanship - Durham
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Julian Reynolds
Geographic Area
Durham, Sunderland, Newcastle
Insurance
BFHS (Instructor and Member Level)
Society for the Study of Swordsmanship - Sheffield
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Contact
Charles McCurdy (Secretary)
Geographic Area
Sheffield
Qualifications
BFHS IL1
Insurance
BFHS (Instructor and Member Level)
Stork’s Beak School of Historical Swordplay
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Description
The Stork's Beak School of Historical Swordplay is based in Edinburgh, Scotland. The School is based on teaching, practice and research going back some 12 years. We currently offer regular courses of instruction in Longsword, Dussack, Two-Handed sword and the Great Stick or Bastone. We use steel replicas of historical weapons and teach systems, principles and techniques drawn from texts on the subject of fencing written between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Contact
Andy Taylor
Geographic Area
Edinburgh, although we are more than happy to do Workshops etc further afield
Qualifications
BFHS IL1
Sussex Sword Academy
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Description

The SSA (previously Sussex Rapier School) was founded in 1997. It strives to cover all things sword and sword related from Longsword to Rapier and Highland Broadsword to Small Sword as well as other sword related forms. The SSA's aim is to become a centre for sword study (hence the change in the name). In addition to the weekly programme, one to one tuition, weekend workshops and bespoke courses are available on request. All levels of ability welcome, from beginner to advanced. The Longsword, Rapier and Highland Broadsword are introduced to the beginner, these weapons are used to impart the basic concepts of fencing. There is a defined SSA level system, whether the student wishes simply learn the art of defence, or would prefer to study in order to become an instructor and, in time, a master at arms.

Contact
Andrew Feest – 01273 685664
Geographic Area
South East
Qualifications
BFHS CI, BFHS IL1
Insurance
BFHS (Instructor and Member Level)
The Exiles
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Description

The Exiles is a Martial Arts School based in London England with several study groups around the UK and Europe. We teach a workable and full martial curriculum to students that enables them to both fight just as those who were originally trained in our Arts and to a level that they could rely upon their skills to defend themselves in modern-day situations.

Contact
Secretary
Geographic Area
East London, Essex, Norfolk, Cumbria, West Wales
Qualifications
BFHS CI, BFHS IL1
Insurance
BFHS (Instructor and Member Level)
The Grange
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Contact
Jim Sephton – 0778 0604939
Geographic Area
West Midlands
The Hotspur School of Defence
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Description

The HSD pursues the historically accurate study of Europe's traditional fighting arts, most commonly the use of sword between the years 1300 and 1500. Our ethos is to research, practice and uphold the teachings and legacy of the original historical masters of defence, according to the principles they recorded for all time.

The School has six chapters, located in Alnwick (Northumberland), York (North Yorkshire), Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Consett (County Durham) and Coldstream in the Scottish Borders, along with a chapter in Washington State in the US.

Methods studied for all students include longsword and messer. Students can then play for their scholar's prize and broaden their horizons by studying from the full corpus of arms, including dagger, wrestling, spear, pollaxe, glaive, quaterstaff and off-hand weapons with the messer and/or arming sword.

Contact
Marshal of the School, Bob Brooks
Geographic Area
Northumberland, North Yorkshire, Tyne and Wear, County Durham, Scottish Borders
Qualifications
BFHS IL1
Tudor Rose School of Defence
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Description

The Tudor Rose School of Defence studies and practices what its Chief Instructor, John Hodgson, terms as Elizabethan sidesword.

Students are coached in the use of a weapon which evolved from the mediaeval side and arming sword and was designed for use on the battlefield; in duels of honour and as civilian self defence.

Source materials studied are:

Camillo Agrippa - Treatise on the Science of Defence 1553

Giacomo Di Grassi - True Arte of Defence 1570

Vincento Saviolo - His Practice 1595

George Silver - Brief Instructions circa 1604

Contact
John Hodgson (Chief Instructor) - (07885) 437869
Geographic Area
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Qualifications
BFHS IL1 Instructor
Insurance
BFHS (Instructor and Member Level)
Wolfshead School of Western Martial Arts
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Description

We are a newly formed School studying Western Martial Arts in Lincoln, on a Friday evening between 7:30 - 9:00pm

We are studying techniques using Tomahawk and Long Knife, but we also run sessions on the use of the Longsword

 

Contact
Phillip Walters
Geographic Area
Lincolnshire
Qualifications
BFHS IL1
York Free Fencers Guild
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Description

We are a study group working on the 16th Century manuscripts of Joachim Meÿer as part of the Meyer Frei Fechter Guild. In 1570, Meÿer published a work entitled Gründtliche Beschreibung der Kunst des Fechtens ("A Thorough Description of the Art of Combat") illustrated by Tobias Stimmer.  It is this that we are studying among his other works. We train Longsword at the moment.

Contact
Payson Muller (Study Group Leader)
Geographic Area
York, North Yorkshire
Qualifications
BFHS IL1
Insurance
BFHS (Instructor and Member Level)