The British Federation for Historical Swordplay

York School of Defence

Club Name
York School of Defence
Geographic Area
York, North Yorkshire
Group Contact
Chris Halpin
Class Location
Melbourne Centre on Escrick Street near Fishergate, York, YO10 4AW
British Martial Arts and Boxing Association (BMABA)


The York School of Defence train on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at the Melbourne Centre on Escrick Street near Fishergate, York, YO10 4AW. We offer a number of different areas of focus from historical swordplay to wrestling to boxing to staff fighting and more. Beginners with no previous martial experience are most welcome!

We utilise a variety of training methods including partner drill, solo work, as well as non-cooperative drill and sparring at varying speeds, with various different levels of protective equipment in order to realistically capture the movements and feel of actual combat.

The York School of Defence is home to the Art That Adorns You series of workshops. These focus on the more esoteric, unusual and less studied aspects of martial arts and take place at various times throughout the year featuring a host of guest instructors. best instructors from the UK and abroad showcasing their research, talents and martial knowledge.

York School of Defence coaches have taught at workshops, events and seminars around the UK and Europe.

Weapons and Systems Taught

  • Broadsword & Backsword
  • English Longsword
  • Kunst Des Fechtens
  • Classical Pugilism
  • Catch Wrestling
  • Traditional Folk Wrestling
  • Sambo
  • Victorian and Edwardian Antagonistics
  • Self-defence applications
  • Quarterstaff

Training Location

York School of Defence

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