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 of Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA), we study and apply techniques from historical manuals. The class is generally no more demanding than a moderate physical exercise class; size, strength or agility are not limiting factors for our beginners’ class. Free practice may become more intensive at the mutual agreement of the players.
Please note this is the study of historical combat techniques, it is NOT re-enactment, stage combat, LARP or other role-playing. Please see our post ‘What is HEMA’ https://westdevonswords.info/what-is-hema/ for further information. Safe training and sparring is our primary concern. See our post: HEMA – is it safe? https://westdevonswords.info/hema-is-it-safe/
Light protective equipment (fencing jackets, masks, gloves, chest protectors and arm-guards) will be provided for use in class.
For further information on historical swordplay, please go to: https://westdevonswords.info/what-is-hema/
Training Time and Location
Okehampton Baptist Church
Equipment provided for beginners
£6 per session
Contact: Robin Catling 07956 409818 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Weapons and Systems Taught
Primarily, but not exclusively:
longsword (Fiore, Italia School),
sword and buckler (i33)
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