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Swordfighting and Western Martial Arts with the Hotspur School of Defence
Classes, Courses & Workshops
We are one of five 'chapters' of the Hotspur School of Defence, a group that pursues the historically accurate study of Europe's traditional fighting arts, most commonly the use of sword between the years 1300 and 1500.
Our ethos is to research, practice and uphold the teachings and legacy of the original historical masters of defence, according to the principles they recorded for all time.
As systems of defence designed explicitly for dealing with life-and-death situations, this is not re-enactment, sport-fencing, live-role-playing or theatrical stage-fighting, but western martial arts.
Training at the HSD largely follows the methodologies laid down in historical texts, with an emphasis on achieving a solid grounding in the basic footwork and body mechanics before techniques are applied.