Stoccata Summer Hill
Tuesday nights 8:00-10:00pm
Stoccata Summer Hill focusses on 19th century British sabre, with the occasional spot of bowie knife, bayonet and foil fencing. We are open to fencers of all levels and strive to create an open, friendly and inclusive environment.
The club practices the method of Sabre based primarily on the works of Captain Alfred Hutton, whom was writing in the 1880’s and 1890’s. The British sabre of the day lived on the intersection of British military and sporting cultures. Sabre fencing was popular in public display and as sporting practice, as well as being a practical weapon in Britain's imperialist expansion.
Image of Alfred Hutton from Vanity Fair Magazine Published London August 13th, 1903
The preferred sabre of the day had a straight or slightly curved blade, sharp all along the front edge and down the top third of the back, with a hilt that covers the hand. The weapon can be used equally for cut and thrust though in the British method the cut is prioritised.
How to hold a sabre from Alfred Hutton (1889), Cold Steel: A practical treatise on the Sabre . London : William Clowes and Sons, limited.
The British sabre method was the last manifestation of the British broadsword/backswording tradition which had been a cornerstone of British marital identity for generations. While it had evolved to rather simplistic for by the late 19th century Hutton hoped to reinvigorate British fencing by drawing inspiration from earlier forms. He researched past fencing manuals and took a great many ideas from the Angelo School as it was in the late 18th century. He was also one the first to research and revive historical fencing.
A video previewing Hutton’s sabre method can be found here.
His manual Bayonet fencing and Sword Practice (1882) can be downloaded from here.
Hutton’s The Swordsman can be purchased here or downloaded from here (which is well advised as it is an excellent guide to his system).
His Major work Cold Steel can be purchased here.
Each class will consist of an hour lesson focussing on drills followed by an hour of coached bouting. Beginners will be expected to have a reasonable understanding of the basics before engaging in bouting. Drills will try to replicate real fencing dynamics wherever possible employing speed, timing and a degree of randomisation meaning students can see how techniques will work while fencing, rather than standing in lines and doing movements without context.
The club culture aims to be inclusive and welcoming of people from a diverse range of backgrounds and walks of life.
$30/$20 (student and unemployed) for single lesson
$80/$60 (student and unemployed) for month of lessons
$200/$160 (student and unemployed) for a three month term (paid at the beginning of each term)
Summer Hill community centre
131 Smith St, Summer Hill NSW 2130