“Antagonistics” classes in Fife, Scotland

Announcing a new course via the Black Boar Swordsmanship School in Cupar, Fife, Scotland:


“Antagonistics” is the catch-all name for the art of self-defence in the 19th Century, comprising elements of Pugilism (boxing), French Kickboxing, Grappling (wrestling, jiujitsu, “dirty tricks”), Physical Culture (fitness), Stick (walking canes, umbrellas) and Weapons (knife, truncheon, swordstick).

Each aspect will be taught primarily according to the theory and techniques of Emile Andre, a noted French fencing master, who combined these Arts into a simple, yet effective, system of practical self-defence that any Gentleman who has knowledge of the sword arts can learn and apply easily.

The class will be taught as a mix of technical practice in pairs and pad-work for practical application.

The instructor will be Phil Crawley and the first class is free, thereafter £5 per session.

Equipment Requirements

Loose, practical clothing/Black Boar uniform, fencing mask, forearm protection.

Groin/chest protection is recommended.

All other equipment will be provided.

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