Just wanted to post about this new group in Hawk Green, Marple. It is a historical European martial arts swordfighting group with classes at the Hawk Green Reading room every Tuesday (apart from the 3rd Tuesday of the month).
Tuesdays 19:00 - 22:00
Hawk Green Reading Room
28 Upper Hibbert Lane
£10 per session
If you're looking to keep fit and try something different, this may be for you.
Please see below for further details:
Schola Manchester (SG9) is the Manchester branch of Schola Gladiatoria a historical European martial arts society based in London, England.
Schola Gladiatoria is a member of the British Federation for Historical Swordplay ( http://www.bfhs.org/
) and the Historical European Martial Arts Coalition ( http://www.hemac.org/
Historical European martial arts, HEMA, also known as WMA (western martial arts) are the study and practice of Europe's indigenous historical fighting systems. Some of these have living traditions, whilst most have died as lineages (many people are surprised to learn that Europe has complex martial arts systems), and so we must use the various detailed historical combat treatises, and our experience and experimentation as martial artists, to breath life back into them. Many of us have previous martial arts experience (Asian and European), and through years of working with the historical European treatises written and illustrated by ancient combat masters, and pressure-testing our interpretations of them, under various conditions with accurate copies of the equipment they used, we hope to be able to approximate an understanding of the fighting systems taught in Europe in bygone periods.
We are a martial arts group, using historical sources. We are not a re-enactment or stage-fighting group and do not conduct choreographed, theatrical 'fighting'. We do not try to recreate historical events for public display. We train as martial artists, to theoretically be able to fight in a life or death situation with or against historical weaponry. We do engage in competitive martial arts tournaments with other HEMA/WMA groups.
We have members from many varied training backgrounds - from Asian martial arts, modern sport fencing, re-enactment and so on, and many people come into historical European martial arts with no previous related training at all. Our members, female and male, range in age from 16 to 60.
Since 2001 we have been actively involved in presenting at, teaching at and organising national and international martial arts events.
Schola Gladiatoria in Manchester specialise in the teachings of Master Johannes Liectenauer, dating from the late 14th century. Weapons covered by the system include:
Longsword (bastard-sword or 2 handed sword)
Sword and buckler (a small shield)
Langesmesser (long knife)
fighting in armour
Basic equipment is provided, however there is a limited supply.