Learn Sword Fighting Techniques

The Renaissance Sword Club is a Western Martial Arts club. We provide tuition and lessons in sword fighting and historical fencing in London, Surrey, Berkshire and the South-East of England. Training is held in two-hour lessons on a Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, with sparring and coaching on a Saturday.

Private sword fighting lessons for individuals or groups are also available with our instructor Rob Runacres.

The Art and Science of Swordplay

At the Renaissance Sword Club we sword fight or fence with rapiers, sideswords and other weapons of the Renaissance. We do this not as re-enactment but as a modern martial art, learning to use swords in an efficient and, we hope, elegant fashion. In combination with the swords, we also use daggers, cloaks, bucklers and rotellas (a type of shield from the Renaissance period). We train, compete and teach sword fighting all over Europe and America; we even research the original techniques and translate the sources!

The sword fighting styles of the Renaissance Sword Club are from the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, from the time of Henry VIII through to the Cavaliers and Roundheads of the Civil Wars. Our styles even include French rapier from the time of Louis XIII and D’Artagnan of Musketeers fame! If you ever wanted the feeling of stepping out, sword in hand, to face your opponent and defeat them in a dance of steel, then this is for you. Beginners are always welcome and we will provide all the equipment that you will need for your training in learning the art and science of sword fighting.

We hope you can the take time to look around our site and maybe even like us on Facebook. If you have any questions, or would like to learn sword fighting, please contact us via the ‘Lessons’ page.

sword fighting training weapons

The training weapons we use in sword fighting

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