Learn Sword Fighting Techniques


The Renaissance Sword Club provides  tuition and lessons in sword fighting and historical fencing in Surrey and Berkshire.

For details of our lessons, click here.

We are always open to new students and welcome everyone, regardless of age, gender or background. Our aim is to provide a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for all. You don’t have to be fit or strong to start!

Our code of conduct can be found here.

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. In combination with the swords, we also use daggers, cloaks, bucklers and rotellas (a type of shield). We train, compete and teach sword fighting all over Europe and America. In addition, we even research the original techniques and translate the sources!

Smile in sword fighting

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! 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.


One of our main publications is ‘The Book of Lessons’, by Rob Runacres. Translated from the French, this book contains highly detailed fencing lessons for sword, sword and dagger and sword and cloak. Dating to the early to mid seventeenth century, this treatise 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)

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.

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The Renaissance Sword Club is a martial arts club teaching sword fighting and historical fencing classes and lessons in Surrey and Berkshire.