The British Federation for Historical Swordplay

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Autumn Exchange 2016

Autumn Exchange 2016 took place over the weekend of 19th-20th November, and was hosted by Wolfshead School of Western Martial Arts in Lincoln. Originally there had been two other plans […]

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IL1 Assessment Day, September 2016

On September 3rd 2016, the BFHS ran an IL1 assessment day hosted by the Society for the Study of Swordsmanship and run directly by Chief Assessor Martin J Dougherty. The […]

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Future BFHS events will fall into one of three categories, each subject to different considerations.

BFHS-Sponsored Events

Sponsored events are run by member groups of the BFHS and are subject to the fewest restrictions of all types. A group running a sponsored event has complete freedom regarding pricing, subject matter to be covered and instructors to be featured. The BFHS will have input regarding health & safety and similar matters, but other than this will be involved in a promotional and facilitation manner only.

BFHS Internal Events

Internal events are organised by the BFHS itself, often in conjunction with a local group. They are open only to BFHS members (as attendees and instructors) and are subject to other restrictions such as pricing. This is generally set by precedent, such as with Autumn Exchange which has followed the same format for many years. Some tournaments and all instructor assessments are internal events.

BFHS Open Events

Open events are organised by the BFHS itself, but are open to non-members as attendees, instructors or guests.  BFHS Open events include SWASH. There is also a potential for open tournaments which would not require BFHS membership to enter.

Running an Event

Any group interested in running an event is invited to discuss it with the Exec. The BFHS is keen to work with member groups to create a full calendar of competitive and instructional events. Guidance is available on format, costing, safety and similar considerations. How closely this must be followed depends on the nature of the event.

Further Information

Autumn Exchange

Event Organisation

The BFHS is a federation made up of many groups, which creates an enormous pool of talent. The BFHS, therefore, can operate best (and perhaps only operate at all) by […]

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