UK Swordsmanship and Western Martial Arts Societies
- Terry Brown
Terry Brown is widely regarded as the foremost exponent of English martial arts. His book on the subject is highly recommended.
- Frank Docherty's North West London School of Defence
Frank's background includes training from Terry Brown and he was pictured in his English Martial Arts book.
- The British Federation for Historical Swordplay
An umbrella group for schools practising Western martial arts in Great Britain.
- The Aberdeen Swordsmanship Group
- The Dawn Duellists Society
A long established Western martial arts group (Edinburgh).
- The Exiles
Mediaeval Martial Artists studying several pre-16th C. forms and specialising in interpretation of and training from Fiore de' Liberi's 1410 manuscript (Dagenham).
- Sussex Rapier School
Based in Brighton, the SRS conduct research and training in 16th and 17th century rapier fighting (Brighton).
- Schola Gladiatoria
Fiore de Liberi's longsword etc, also sabre and other eighteenth and nineteenth-century arts (West London).
- The School of Traditional Medieval Fencing
Longsword according to Ringeck and other German masters (High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire).
- Aisle O' Var
Traditional English Martial Arts, e.g. singlestick, pugilism &c.
- The Aberdeen Swordsmanship Group
- Boar's Tooth
A fight school specialising in Mediaeval martial arts particularly Ringeck's system and I.33.
- The School of the Sword
Rapier tuition according to masters such as Alfieri (Wantage, Oxfordshire).
- Macdonald Academy of Arms
Maestro Macdonald's fencing school, teaching smallsword and backsword (Edinburgh).
- Black Boar Swordsmanship School
Traditional European weapons training in Cupar, Scotland.
Foreign Swordsmanship and Western Martial Arts Societies
- Gemeiner Academy
A variety of useful defensive arts, including Hope's New Method.
- The Bartitsu Society
A blog for the discussion of the art of Bartitsu.
- Academia della Spada
Late renaissance civilian duelling arts.
- Academy of European Medieval Martial Arts (AEMMA)
A group concentrating on mediaeval military combat, this site also offers excellent resources, including the on-line marketplace and discussion forums.
- The Academy of European Swordsmanship, Canada.
- Accademia Scherma Tradizionale "Manuela Lecchi"
- Alliance Martial Arts
An excellent site for mediaeval dagger combat and wrestling.
- American Heritage Fighting Arts Association
An organisation to promote and teach the martial arts used in the US during the 18th and 19th centuries. Good selection of on-line resource materials.
- Australian Historical Swordplay Federation (AHSF)
- Association for Historical Fencing (AHF)
- Association for Renaissance Martial Arts (ARMA)
Probably the most well known site for European martial arts, ARMA offer an excellent selection of articles, links and on-line treatises. Previously known as HACA.
- The Chicago Swordplay Guild
The Chicago Swordplay Guild provides organized instruction in the serious study of western swordplay from 1300 to 1650, through controlled drills and fencing with wooden and steel weapons.
The Italian historical fencing federation, an organisation devoted to the practice and research of traditional Italian weapon techniques.
- International Masters at Arms Federation (IMAF)
- Martinez Academy of Arms
A group covering classical fencing, and also offering training in the Spanish rapier school, a system practiced little elsewhere.
The Mid-Atlantic Society for Historic Swordsmanship, based in Maryland, US.
- North West Fencing Academy
- The Ochs Historiche Kampfkünste
A top-notch German group studying traditional Germans swordsmanship of the fourteenth and fifteenth-centuries.
- The School of European Swordsmanship
Guy Windsor's Western martial arts school, based in Helsinki.
- The Stoccata School of Defence
This group practises rapier and sword technique circa 1600.
- Live Steel Fight Academy
An American WMA school practicing a wide range of styles, and publishers of “Live Steel” magazine.
- Allstar Fencing
Allstar provide good quality equipment at reasonable prices. They have excellent sizing information.
- The Cane Store
Can provide rattan, for training weapons.
- Duellist Fencing Equipment
- K & K Art
- Leon Paul
Their Theatrical Sword is a good starting weapon - though ask them to be so kind as NOT to bend the tang when they assemble it.
Manufacturer of swords etc, Czech Republic
- Macdonald Armouries
Maestro Macdonald's swordmaking business
A sport fencing supplier who also stocks double-wides and similar useful items. Second hand kit is often available as well.
- Popinjay's armoury
Do a selection of smallsword hilts at reasonable prices. Postage and customs charges can bump up the price.
American supplier of wooden swords and other weapons - bayonets and singlesticks are recommended.
- The Swordsmith
A UK based importer of weapons, including both sharps and blunts (double-wides and schalegers).
A supplier of excellent double-wide epee blades, and other useful equipment.
Other Web Sites and Places of interest
- Classical Fencing
A handy site providing details of various classical and historical fencing groups throughout the world.
- Chivalry Bookshelf
A source for very useful books on swordplay, including a re-print of Hope's New Method, and McBane.
- The Duellist
Info on UK sites promoting European swordsmanship.
- Elizabethen Fencing / Historical Fencing
- Historical European Martial Arts Coalition (HEMAC)
A site containing articles on European martial arts, contributed by HEMAC members.
- Journal of Western Martial Arts
Various interesting (and in some cases quite rare) articles.
- The Royal Armouries
Well worth a visit. Better still, make several, visits. View the excellent demonstrations of their fight interpreters and purchase treatises from their library.
- Sword Forum International
A discussion forum for every possible niche in the field of swords and swordsmanship.
- Western Arts
An excellent selection of links to all manner of Western martial arts. Includes on-line Parkyns!
- World of Martial Arts eZine
Includes information on various styles, plus club directory.
- Safeism.com texts
An excellent selection of on-line texts, specialising in late 19th century and later self-defence material.
- Defense dans la Rue
A site discussing various French treatises on the adaptation of martial sports to street defence that were published around the beginning of the 20th century.
- Oxford Savate
A modern kickboxing sport with 19th-century French origins.