OCRA fencing and archery dayWest Devon Swords is arranging venues for classes in the Autumn for the following activities:

Sports Fencing – Juniors  •  Sportsfencing – Adults  •  Historical Swordplay

Juniors Fencing at Parklands – January 2018

LWFC sabre masterclassWe are currently lining up a return to Parklands Leisure centre in the Autumn with a four-week introduction to fencing for juniors aged 8-14.

Sports fencing with all equipment provided; group and individual lessons, Olympic-style electric fencing. All abilities welcome.

Contact: Robin Catling 07956 409818 or WDS sabre fencing Parklands

Adults Sports Fencing

We are currently arranging a venue and timeslot for a new adult beginners fencing class in Okehampton, weeknights.

To register your interest, please contact Robin Catling 07956 409818 or

Historical Swordplay

WDS Historical SwordplayOur historical combat class for adults continues Thursdays, 8-9:30pm in Okehampton. Progressing with single sword, sword and buckler, dagger and rapier, there is optional light free-play in some of the weapons.

When: Thursdays following school term times
Times: 8-9:30
Venue: Baptist Church Hall, Fore Street, Okehampton X20 1AN
Who it’s aimed at: adults 16yrs+
Cost: £6.00 per session
Contact: Robin Catling 07956 409818 or

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.

Please note this is the study of historical combat techniques, 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?

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

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

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