The Stoccata School of Defence hosts the Australasian Western Martial Arts Convention (AWMAC) on the Queen’s Birthday Weekend, and is the premier HEMA event in Sydney each year.

Over the long weekend there will be workshops on everything from HEMA staples like longsword and rapier to more esoteric systems like back-hold wrestling and quarterstaff. But that’s not all, AWMAC also boasts lectures, round-table discussions and private lessons from attending instructors.

AWMAC is held at the Baden Powell Scout Centre in Pennant Hills and features on-site accommodation and catered meals as part of your admission fee, which means we can have long days and even longer evenings. Many insights were shared around the camp fire at the last event.

Saturday night typically features an open floor bouting session in multiple different weapons, and Sunday night features the camp fire social. Tournaments will be held on the last day, and typically include a broadsword tournament.

The event is open to anyone who currently practices or is interested in practising Historical Western Martial Arts. Equipment and experience requirements will vary by workshop, however both beginner and advanced students will be catered to. Further details will be posted in the coming weeks.


Baden-Powell Scout Centre
Pomona St, Pennant Hills, NSW, 2120 Australia


Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend (2nd weekend in June)

What’s included

  • Accommodation from Friday evening through to Monday afternoon
    (site opens at 5pm Friday evening)
  • All meals (Saturday – breakfast, lunch & dinner; Sunday -breakfast, lunch & dinner; Monday – breakfast & lunch);
  • Access to all classes, with the top HEMA instructors in the country;
  • Entry to the tournaments.

Note: No meals are provided Friday night but there are plenty of local restaurants that can deliver to the site.

More Information

AWMAC 2020 has been cancelled due to the NSW public health orders against gatherings, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can find detailed information for the next AWMAC on the AWMAC 2021 page

If you want to see what previous AWMACs were like have a look at the pages below: