The Stoccata School of Defence was founded in 1998 by Stephen Hand, Andy Brew and Pete Radvan to teach historical fencing techniques. 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 we now have classes in British, Italian, German, Spanish, and French Traditions across our branches. These classes cover a large range of published manuals, from the 14th to the 19th Century.