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The Renaissance Sword Club, for lessons in sword fighting and historical fencing in London , Surrey, Berkshire and the South-East of England

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Serafina Runacres, student at The Renaissance Sword ClubHistorical Fencing or sword fighting is a fascinating hobby which engages the mind as well as the body.

At the Renaissance Sword Club we hold that anyone can fence with a sword, regardless of knowledge or background, and that with practice an individual can defend themselves with a rapier or other sword in an exchange against all types of adversary.

Students learn several weapons:

The sidesword

The sidesword is a single-handed, ‘cut and thrust’ weapon, which was used throughout Europe in the sixteenth and into the seventeenth centuries. The style we follow is the Dardi tradition of Bologna, in particular the Masters  Giovanni dall’Agocchie and  Angelo Viggiani.

Students learn techniques of the single sword, sword and dagger and sword and cloak. Click here to see an example of a sidesword

The Rapier

Is a slender, civilian weapon popular in Europe from the late sixteenth century until the eighteenth. We follow predominantly Italian Masters, including Hieronyme Cavalcabo and Salvatore Fabris, as well as several French masters such as François Dancie and Charles Besnard.

As with a sidesword, students learn techniques of the single sword, sword and dagger and sword and cloak. Click here to see an example of a rapier.


Training with the Renaissance Sword Club