The British Federation for Historical Swordplay

Club Name
Stork’s Beak School of Historical Swordplay
Geographic Area
Group Contact
Andy Taylor
Contact Email


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.

Weapons and Systems Taught

  • Longsword
  • Dussack
  • Two-Handed sword
  • Great Stick
  • Bastone

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