Hello and welcome to the Stoccata Baulkham Hills/Strathfield(Baulkfield :)) Page
What are we about?
We are a fun-oriented, inclusive and friendly bunch of people who love swords just a bit too much. Nobody is unwelcome in our club and our student body is extremely diverse in terms of age, gender and orientation. Everyone really is welcome. We cater for everyone from experienced martial artists and those who might want to compete to those who just want to turn up, swing a sword, and make some friends.
We are focused on Johannes Liechtenauer for our Longsword and Messer practice and on Joachim Meyer and Jakob Sutor for our Rappier and Dussack practice.
The Liechtenauer tradition is the progenitor of Meyer’s and Sutor’s 16th/17th Century systems and likely has its origins in the 1300s. The system endured for hundreds of years and was still being used as the basis for the principles of swordsmanship in the the 1700s. This is despite dramatic changes in weapon technology during this vast period of time.
Which weapons do we cover in class?
Longsword – a two handed sword
Dusack/Messer – a cut and thrust sword which tends to be shorter rather than longer.
Rappier – a long bladed single handed cut and thrust sword optimised for the thrust.
Dagger – we occasionally work with short blades.
Two handed spear – More of an attribute developer than weapon for serious study, the spear helps with reflexes and control of line for those who don’t want to train rappier.
Smallsword is taught privately. Please contact Stuart directly about smallsword.
When do we train?
We follow the NSW High School terms and are currently only active during school time. Private lessons can be arranged outside this time.
Baulkham Hills – Thursdays
Term 1 2019: 31st Jan – 11th Apr
Term 2 2019: 2nd May – 4th July
Term 3 2019: 25th July – 26th Sep
Term 4 2019: 17th Oct – 19th Dec
Strathfield – Tuesdays
NOTE: We are temporarily training out of Fitzroy Hall Fitzroy St Burwood
Term 1 2019: 29th Jan – 9th Apr
Term 2 2019: 30th Apr – 2nd Jul
Term 3 2019: 23rd July – 24th Sep
Term 4 2019: 15th Oct – 17th Dec
What’s on this Term?
At Baulkham Hills and Strathfield, we work with multiple weapons every lesson. This has been found to be superior to concentrating on one weapon at a time as the weapons inform each other and build different skills.
Classes are broken into three parts.
The first part of class is designed around longsword and messer practice and runs for the first 40 minutes of practice each class.
The second part of class runs for 20 minutes and covers Rappier and Dussack.
The third part of class occupies the final hour and is focused on free-fencing for those with the necessary equipment and free-drilling for those without.
An annual fee of $25 to cover insurance needs to be paid to Stoccata Central directly (If you attend multiple branches, you need only pay the membership fee once).
And then $150 per term school term.
Private lessons are offered on a pay what you want basis.
We train Thursday nights between 20:00 and 22:00.
Please arrive at 19:45 on non rainy nights for a car park warmup.
Baulkham Hills Community Centre
390 Windsor Rd via Seven Hills Road & Conie Ave (very close to the M2 and M4)
Baulkham Hills Australia 2153
NOTE: We are temporarily training out of Fitzroy Hall, Fitzroy St Burwood
We train Tuesday nights between 19:00 and 21:00.
Strathfield Uniting Church Hall (at the back of the carpark)
Carrington Rd (halfway down the street)
Staying up to date and in touch
The best way to stay up to date with everything that is happening at Stoccata Baulkham Hills is via our Facebook Group here:
Come and join us!
You are more than welcome to just turn up and observe or participate in a lesson. Please do not hesitate to email with questions or join the Facebook Group and do the same.
You can also contact us using the form below (Although Facebook will likely be answered more quickly).