Posts about Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA)

WDS at Okehampton Castle

We’re back with longsword in 2020

To those who missed us last week, we are back for another block of longsword this Thursday 16th Jan, with beginners welcome to join the old hands. Running through to the half-term holidays, this will be five weeks of Fiore’s Italian longsword to 13th Feb. See you at Okehampton College gym at 8pm.

Oke Links Magazines

We’re in Oke Links magazine

West Devon Swords is featured in the January/February edition of Oke Links magazine, the lifestyle/what’s on/general interest publication for the Okehampton area. Turn to page 13 for a sports feature on our HEMA activities. Keep reading for the article text.

Saviolo sparring Dec 2019

Sparring Saviolo

…or at least that was the intention. Some of it looks like the treatise, some of it… not. Note to self, when blocking with the off hand, be sure the thrust you’re blocking is actually a thrust and not a cut…

Saviolo sidesword November 2019

Newcomers hands on with sidesword

Our current Saviolo sidesword block continues as we get to grips with close measure cut and thrust with off hand parries. And as we try to get everyone on the same page, we have two new members this session taking a remarkably mature approach to class and a first sparring experience.

Image: Saviolo sidesword Feb 19

Saviolo side sword for All Hallows

We resume Thurs October 31st with a further block of Saviolo side sword/rapier for the 8-week run up to Christmas. If you’ve never tried historical swordplay before, this is an excellent opportunity for beginners and practitioners alike.

Image: WDS Dagger Defender game

Blocks, locks and a few smoking disarms

We’re winding up the current half term session of Fiore dagger. Last night we played a game we’ve named Dagger Defender, based on something we borrowed from the Italians: one defender, three assailants, two daggers and a Fiore response to a surprise attack.