The Stoccata School of Defence was founded in 1998 by Stephen Hand, Andy Brew and Pete Radvan to teach historical fencing techniques, primarily the English Shortsword system of George Silver and Italian rapier according to Digrassi and Saviolo. It was decided to name the school Stoccata after the Italian word for a straight or rising thrust because it was a term used in both systems.

Since then Stoccata has expanded with Provosts Paul Wagner, Richard Cullinan, Stuart McDermid and Matthew Boyd and in addition to Silver, we now have classes in British, Italian, German, and French Traditions across our branches. These classes cover the full range of published manuals, from 14th century sword and buckler fencing, all the way through to the military combatto system taught during WWII.