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The Sydney School of Arms is the city branch of Stoccata, named after the School of Arms run by Professor Parker in the same area in the mid 19th century. We offer two different weapons at a time, both concentrating on the British fencing systems and are led by Provost Paul Wagner. Time is available in both classes for freeplay and individual revision. All equipment is provided for newcomers, and first class is free.

Time and Place

Classes are on Thursdays between 18:30 and 20:45 at The Rocks, Sydney:

Abraham Mott Hall
15A Argyle Street
Millers Point NSW 2000

What we do

The theme for this year is “The Great War”

Term 1

Thursday Feb 7 – Thursday April 11

Class 1: Highland Broadsword

The Highland Broadsword forms the basis of British military swordsmanship throughout the 18th and 19th centuries.

Class 2: English Longsword

The Longsword was the standard knightly weapon of the European knight, and today is probably the most popular HEMA weapon.

Term 2

Thurs 2 May 2019 – Thurs 4 July 2019

Class 1: Smallsword

The Smallsword was the premiere civilian fencing weapon throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, and even military broadsword masters recommended training in Smallsword to learn how to thrust.

Class 2: English Longsword

The Longsword was the standard knightly weapon of the European knight, and today is probably the most popular HEMA weapon.

Special Classes:

Thursday May 23: Empire Day Grand Assault
Continuing the grand Victorian custom, we will be hosting a night of martial prowess using all the grand 19th century weapons.

Thursday May 30 – June 13: Vivid Festival Lightsabre Spectacular
In keeping with the Vivid festival of lights, we will be bouting with Lightsabres during freeplay time (for as long as they last…)

Term 3

Thursday July 25 – Thursday Sept 26

Class 1: Australian Military Broadsword

This Term we put together our basic Broadsword and the thrusting skills of the Smallsword into an expanded cut-and-thrust system based off The Fencer’s Manual by Robert Meikle, published in Melbourne in 1859, and the 1895 Drill Manual for the Mounted Troops of Australia, which includes both foot and mounted sword exercises, and is exactly the sort of thing the Light Horse Brigade would have trained in when they charged Beersheba in 1917.

Class 2: WWI Bayonet

This Term we will be learning the bayonet system of Capt. David Fallon M.C., an Australian veteran who wrote “The Big Fight” (1918) and invented and manufactured his own design of bayonet trainer.

Term 4

Thursday Oct 17 – Thursday Dec 12

Class 1: Highland Broadsword

The Highland Broadsword forms the basis of British military swordsmanship throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, including 19th century Australian Military swordsmanship

Class 2: English Quarterstaff

The Bayonet was derived partially from Quarterstaff, and Silver also says the Staff forms the basis for all two handed weapons, including the two handed sword.

Schedule Of Fees

One Weapon (casual): $20
Two Weapons (casual): $30
Full Term (one weapon): $170
Concession: $120
Full Term (two weapons): $250
Concession: $170

Get in touch with us

Paul Wagner: Ph 0400 262001

Email:

info@stoccata.org