What are we about?
At Baulkwood (heh), 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 for our Rappier practice.
The Liechtenauer tradition is the progenitor of Meyer’s 16th Century system 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 well into the the 1700s. This is a testament to the system’s quality as there were dramatic changes in weapon technology during this period of time.
Which weapons do we cover in class?
Longsword – a two handed sword
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 and short blades are taught privately. Please contact Stuart directly about these.
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
Thursday nights between 20:00 and 22:00.
Baulkham Hills Community Centre
390 Windsor Rd via Seven Hills Road & Conie Ave (very close to the M2 and M4)
Baulkham Hills Australia 2153
Term 1 – Thursday 30th January to Thursday 9 April
Term 2 – Thursday 30th April to Thursday 2 July
Term 3 – Thursday 23 July to Thursday 24 September
Term 4 – Thursday 15 October to Thursday 17 December
Burwood – Tuesdays
Tuesday nights between 19:00 and 21:00.
Fitzroy Hall, Fitzroy St
Burwood 2134 (5 minute walk from Burwood Station
Term 1 – Tuesday 28 January to Tuesday 5 April
Term 2 – Tuesday 28 April to Tuesday 1 July
Term 3 – Tuesday 21 July to Tuesday 23 September
Term 4 – Tuesday 13 October to Tuesday 16 December
What’s on this Term?
At Baulkham Hills and Burwood, 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. Prefer longsword over rappier? You can spend all lesson every lesson with a longsword.
Classes are broken into two parts.
The first part is drilling which goes for 1 hour. All weapons are taught side by side with instruction given for each.
The second part of class occupies the final hour and is focused on free-fencing for those with the necessary equipment and more drilling and games 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 school term.
Private lessons are offered on a pay what you want basis.
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).