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’s. It was decided to name the school Stoccata after the Italian word for a straight or rising thrust.

Since then Stoccata has expanded with Provosts Richard Cullinan, Stuart McDermid and Tim Hendry and in addition to Silver, we now have classes in English, Scottish, Italian, German, and French Traditions across our branches.