Beginning Term 1, 2023 classes in Longford will be studying Italian Longsword .

The historical basis for this class is Filippo Vadi’s De Arte Gladiatoria Dimicandi (“On the Art of Swordsmanship”) (1485).

Students will need to purchase their own HEMA gloves and Longsword to participate.  Longswords can either be feders or longswords and should conform to Vadi’s recommended sword length i.e. long enough to reach almost to the user’s armpit.

Classes will be led by Matthew Boyd.

In preparation for this class, and to develop two-handed body mechanics, term 4 2022 will be studying quarterstaff.

Fencing masks are available for beginner’s to use, though it is expected that students will purchase their own gear once committed to the class.

Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a pair of leather riggers gloves.

Ages 14 up, limited places available.

Systems We Teach

  • Quarterstaff
  • Italian Longsword
  • Spear



Term 4, 2022 Longford Green
Wellington Street, Longford


Thursdays 6.30 – 8.00 pm

Saturday morning if enough people are interested.


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).

$120/term Student & Unemployed

$150/term Adult

$20/class for casual lessons


Matthew Boyd
mob: 0409525091

or you can use the contact form below.

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