HEMA class

NEW! Historical swordplay class, 7 September 2017

HEMA classOur historical combat class (safe, non-contact) for adults is confirmed starting Thursday September 7th at 8pm in Okehampton. Venue:

Baptist Church Hall,
Fore Street,
EX20 1AN

Please note this is the study of historical combat techniques in a safe, non-contact, it is NOT re-enactment, stage combat, LARP or other role-playing. Please see our post ‘What is HEMA’ for further information. Safe training and sparring is our primary concern. See our post: HEMA – is it safe?

We will be studying and applying techniques from historical manuals; the class will be no more demanding than a moderate physical exercise class; size, strength or agility are not limiting factors for this beginners’ class.

Light protective equipment (fencing jackets, masks, gloves, chest protectors and arm-guards) will be provided for use in class.

We will not be running full-contact sparring sessions during this course.

The format for the September class is outlined as a 6-week course, consisting of five taster sessions (probably in this order):

  • longsword
  • rapier
  • sword and buckler
  • medieval dagger
  • quarterstaff
  • and a group choice of weapon to finish week for 6.

The cost is £36 for 6 weeks.

Depending on takeup, we would then like to run a weekly club session as a regular gathering for more advanced lessons and full sparring.

Reply by email to westdevonswords@gmail.com, use our contact form, or call 07956 409818 to reserve your place.

Please pass on to friends, family and colleagues who may be interested.

For further information on historical swordplay, please go to: