The British Federation for Historical Swordplay

Club Name
Linacre School of Defence
Geographic Area
Group Contact
Dr Milo Thurston
BFHS (Instructor and Member)


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.

Weapons and Systems Taught

  • Small-sword
  • Back-sword
  • Pugilism

Latest News

BFHS Position Regarding Scottish HEMA Controversy

The bellow is a message from the President of the BFHS, Martin¬†Dougherty: BFHS Position Regarding Scottish HEMA Controversy¬† This matter was brought to my attention some time ago by some […]

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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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