The British Federation for Historical Swordplay

Club Name
Tudor Rose School of Defence
Geographic Area
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Group Contact
John Hodgson (Chief Instructor)
Contact Email
Contact Phone Number
07885 437 869
BFHS (Instructor and Member)


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 from the mediaeval side and arming sword and was designed for use on the battlefield; in duels of honour and as civilian self defence.

Source materials studied are:

  • Camillo Agrippa – Treatise on the Science of Defence 1553
  • Giacomo Di Grassi – True Arte of Defence 1570
  • Vincento Saviolo – His Practice 1595
  • George Silver – Brief Instructions circa 1604

Weapons and Systems Taught

  • Elizabethan sidesword

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