Set up by Stoccata founding instructor Stephen Hand in 2004, Stoccata Hobart teaches a range of historical fencing styles. Everyone trains initially in the core weapon, English basket hilted sword according to the system of late 16th/early 17th century author George Silver. Students then branch out into different weapons depending on their strengths and inclinations. Other systems taught include rapier (several systems, primarily Swetnam, Saviolo and Giganti), sword and shield according to Talhoffer and other sources, sword and buckler according to MS I.33 and military sabre according mainly to Matthewson.
A notable feature of Stoccata in Hobart is a monthly tournament, with an overall champion declared every year. A typical night of training includes an hour long class on Silver’s sword followed by bouting, a range of melee based games and tuition in non-core weapons.
Stephen has also become Hobart’s leading fight choreographer for stage and screen productions, working on Spamalot, Peter Pan and a film version of Macbeth. Classes are available for actors wishing to obtain theatrical swordfighting skills.
St James Anglican Church Hall, corner of Elizabeth Street and Rupert Avenue, North Hobart
When: 6.30-9.30 PM Wednesday nights (Beginners class 6.30-7.30PM)
Beginners Class $20/month
Full Class -
- Students/Unemployed $30/month
- Employed $50/month
First Class free