Beginners Broadsword Course
Fulfil your fantasies of being a flourishing fighter, and realise those dreams of dashing duels!
Starting on Saturday 6th of July 2019 and continuing every Saturday for 6 weeks, The Vanguard Centre will be teaching a course on the basics of using a basket hilted broadsword in the Scottish style from the late 18th century. The sessions run from 2pm-4pm each Saturday.
If you want a live a life of daring adventure under the flash of cold steel, this course is for you!
There is a lot of written material about sword fighting from this era, from the Jacobite Rebellions, to the Napoleonic Wars, with a recognisably modern method of instruction in the textbooks and army manuals of the day. This makes the system we teach accessible to new martial artists and very mechanically effective even with only a rudimentary understanding. Studying and practising this system of swordplay will be an athletic and tactical challenge, which results in exciting combat!
This course is intended for those with little to no martial arts experience, and for those who may have a grounding in other fighting arts but have not yet investigated European traditions or weapons of any kind. It will also be and interesting comparison to modern sport fencing with foil or epee, to see one of the earlier forms of sword use where lethal efficiency was prioritised over athletic prowess and keeping score!
Full safety equipment will be provided by The Vanguard Centre as part of the course, but suitable clothing and footwear must be provided by participants.
Through the 6 lessons, participants will get a basic understanding of the history, terminology, mechanics and tactics of using the Scottish broadsword in a safe and social environment. Each week we will add to the pool of knowledge and practical application, including a small amount of coached sparring between participants and also a handling session with authentic swords from the period.This course will also be ideal stepping off point into further study and practise of Historical European Martial Arts, including the foundation needed to attend our regular Regimental Broadsword and Military Sabre drop-in sessions at the Centre.
The course will cost £70 for 6 lessons over 6 weeks, with passes available for purchase through our online shop. This also includes a facsimile of the period source book, The Art Of Defence On Foot.
Please make your payment in person at the venue (we accept both cash and card) or through our online shop (we can accept PayPal).