The British Federation for Historical Swordplay

Club Name
Sheffield Academy of Western Martial Arts
Geographic Area
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Group Contact
David Rudd (Chief Instructor)
Contact Email
BFHS (Instructor and Member)


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).

Weapons and Systems Taught

  • Sabre
  • Longsword
  • Smallsword
  • Rapier

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