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 Surrey, Berkshire and the South-East of England. Training is held in two-hour lessons on a Monday and Thursday, with sparring and coaching on a Saturday.

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The Art and Science of Swordplay

At the Renaissance Sword Club we sword fight or fence with rapiers, sideswords and other weapons. 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 also train, compete and teach sword fighting all over Europe and America. In addition, we even research the original techniques and translate the sources!

We have a new publication: ‘The Book of Lessons’, by Rob Runacres. Translated from the French, this is a highly detailed set of fencing lessons for sword, sword and dagger and sword and cloak. Dating to the early to mid seventeenth century, this treatise, possibly written by the Spanish soldier, Pedro De Heredia, also contains 71 colour pictures from the Swedish Royal Library, published in full for the first time. For details on the Book of Lessons from Fallen Rook Publishing,  go here.

De Heredia Translations

Four images from Pedro De Heredia (c.16.10)

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The sword fighting styles of the Renaissance Sword Club are from the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, therefore 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! So, 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.

For more details about training in sword fighting, click here.

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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  1. Hi, I was wondering if you know if similar clubs in the Oxford area? I’d love to join but Camberly is too far to come on a regular basis unfortunately.


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