In praise of plastic

by Robin Catling. From Pirates of the Caribbean, to Star Wars and even Transformers, it seems every other movie poster features a character…

What is HEMA?

HEMA is the acronym for Historical European Martial Arts, also known as Western Martial Arts (WMA), or, less accurately, as Historical Fencing, which…

Competition Nerves: the Final Battle

by Victoria Pritchard: It’s your first competition. There are lots of fencers milling around, warming up or having practice fights, and you feel…

The Secret Thrust…

The fact and fiction of the attack that never fails by Robin Catling: Duelling became the pre­occupation of many swordsmen in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.…

Gallery: Okehampton Castle, 14 May 2017

Some images from our recent appearance at Okehampton Castle including have-a-go sessions with the plastic Mini-Fence kit, talks, demonstrations and displays. [this page…

WDS at Okehampton Castle

West Devon Swords attended the Bluebell Sunday at Okehampton Castle on Sunday May 15th, 2017. Dodging the downpours, we held a few taster…