The British Federation for Historical Swordplay

Aberdeen Swordsmanship Group

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 […]

Aisle O’var Academy of Arms

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 […]

Black Boar Swordsmanship School

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 […]

Glamorgan School of Arms

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. […]

Hotspur School of Defence

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 […]

Linacre School of Defence

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 […]

Medieval Combat Group

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.

Tudor Rose School of Defence

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 […]

Wessex School of Arms

The Wessex School of Arms specialises in the historical martial arts of England with a particular focus on the works of George Silver (covering backsword, quarterstaff, sword and dagger, sword […]

West Devon Swords

West Devon Swords was established in 2014 by Robin Catling and Vicki Pritchard. We are part of the British Federation for Historical Swordplay (BFHS). What we do In the tradition […]

York Free Fencers Guild

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 […]

York School of Defence

The York School of Defence train on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at the Melbourne Centre on Escrick Street near Fishergate, York, YO10 4AW. We offer a number of […]

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COVID-19 Update

The officers of the BFHS are not medical professionals or scientists. We can only offer common-sense advice informed by the government’s official policies and analysis of the situation. The top […]

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BFHS IL2 Assessment May 2019

BFHS IL2 Assessment May 2019 It was a day long in coming, but on May 25th 2019 the first BFHS IL2 assessment took place. The event was hosted by SSS […]

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