Academic Institutions

Whether you are a school, academy or university, it can be difficult to maintain a student’s focus on dry subjects such as history or literature (drama not so much). Our instructors are experts at combining the physical exercise and coordination of fencing with the fascinating history of military development and how it influenced our society.

The insights given to us by Shakespeare, Marlowe or Jonson are so much more fascinating when we understand the world in which they lived. Playwright Ben Jonson killed famed actor Gabriel Spenser in a duel just two years after Spenser killed another man (James Feake) with his sword under questionable circumstances. Playwright Kit Marlowe was stabbed to death in what was supposedly a brawl over a bill, but evidence has been unearthed pointing to his engagement in espionage under Elizabeth’s spy master, Sir Francis Walsingham. Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, is less teen drama, and more of a social commentary on the endemic duelling culture in London at this time.

As much as fencing in a physical sense, we encourage students to read historic texts and the manuals penned by fencing masters 500 years ago. These texts contain further perspectives on the world at that time, the dangers faced by both civilians and soldiers in those turbulent times, and detailed dedications to the great figures of the day for their patronage. The setting and political landscape of that time was every bit as important.

All of our instructors have had enhanced background checks, first aid qualifications, and SCUK safeguarding and protecting children certification as well as membership in UK Coaching.