As well as studying the basket-hilt broadsword by itself, we also make time to study and exercise with other notable weapons from key points in Scottish history. To that end, this class looks at a different weapon system or application of tactics each month, trying to get a feel for the rudiments of military or civil combat from times past. This is also our chance to enjoy some less strict HEMA coaching as we concentrate on things like team games and small unit tactics for skirmish fighting, rather than just individual skill.
Scottish Fighting Arts classes change every calendar month, so participants never get bored of the same old thing – this also lets students find aspects of fighting they find most enjoyable, and open their eyes to the possibilities of further personal study.
In the past, the classes have looked at:
– Highland broadsword and targe
– Quarterstaff and spear fencing
– Bayonet drill
– Pugilism (bare knuckle boxing)
– Mixed weaponry engagements
– Skirmish tactics of the clans
– Street fighting in the middle ages
We also have plans to develop classes for fighting with dirks, viking shields and axes, when time and equipment allow! If you are looking for something a little less stringent and a bit more social, then maybe the Scottish Fighting Arts are for you!
As with all our combat classes, we would recommend attending an Intro To HEMA class on Tuesday evening or a private tuition session before joining this drop-in session. However, as a lot of this material is short-term study and not so highly dependent on established disciplines, it’s a lot more beginner friendly than most, especially if you join at the start of the month! Send us an email or give us a call if you would like to ask any questions beforehand, or just swing by and speak to the instructor on the night.