Victorian Antagonistics and more at the Black Boar Swordsmanship School (Edinburgh)

Black Boar North Edinburgh: First Class at 7pm, June 30th.

Black Boar Swordsmanship School’s North Edinburgh Chapter will have its opening session from 7pm to 9pm at the Calton Centre, Montgomery Street, Edinburgh. This opening session is completely free to attend by anybody of the age of 18 and over. It shall include an introduction to historical swordsmanship and the styles taught within the school followed by an introductory lesson in Smallsword.

The session is open to anybody interested in learning about historical swordsmanship over the age of 18. No previous experience is necessary.

Equipment is available to borrow for new students so the only things you need are clothes suitable for physical activity. Our venue also asks that all students wear non marking soft shoes, such as a clean pair of trainers, to protect the floor.

Black Boar North Edinburgh

Black Boar North Edinburgh is a new chapter of the Black Boar Swordsmanship School that has been running successfully for 2 years in Fife. The school is run by Ian Macintyre, a BFHS Certified Instructor, and historical fencer of 13 years experience. Ian is assisted by school Provost, Phil Crawley, who has over 2 decades of experience in European sword arts.

The North Edinburgh Chapter will follow the Black Boar curriculum of Military Sabre of the Leith School, Victorian Antagonistics and Smallsword of the early French style. The first course shall be in Smallsword from June 2011 and the third term will focus on Victorian walking stick systems:

Walking Stick – Cunningham / Bartitsu / Macintyre/ Rickeard

This style is as much of a street defence art as a duelling art and is based upon a number of styles from the late 19th and early 20th century, particularly the work of Cunningham. Walking stick in this style provides a sound foundation for principals, footwork and body mechanics that students will be able to apply to many other styles. It is also a very accessible art and a lot of fun.

Equipment required

* A wooden walking stick of approx 3 feet length
* A fencing jacket with body padding or a padded jacket
* A 1600N fencing mask
* Sturdy gloves, such as cricket gloves
* Forearm protection

The school will meet every Thursday from 7pm to 9pm at the Calton Centre. The Calton Centre has recently been fully refurbished and contains changing rooms, lockers and showers. It is convenient for public transport from London Road and Elm Row to most parts of the city and is only 10 minutes walk from Waverly Station.

For more information please see this site or look for The Black Boar Swordsmanship School’s page on Facebook.

Edwardian walking stick defence seminar (Edinburgh)

Edinburgh: on the 16th of October, beginning at midday and ending at 5pm, there will be a workshop in Walking Stick Defence given by Phil Crawley. The venue will be the Kirk o’Field church hall.

Although based on the Vigny/Lang system(s), the seminar will include aspects of the Andre, Renaud and Cunningham methods for comparison. The workshop will look at using the walking stick at three different ranges – long, medium and close – in order to defend with a number of different, and often surprising, techniques, and how the stick may be combined with other contemporary arts and objects in order to provide an all-round self-defence against ruffians.

Participants will require a fencing mask, stout gloves and a fencing jacket or gambeson. Forearm protection is advised.

Sticks, and other specialist equipment, will be provided.

Cost will be the small sum of £12 for the day.

New Bartitsu course in Edinburgh, Scotland

Advance notice of a Bartitsu course to be held in Edinburgh from January 21st until 25 March (10 weeks total), from 6.30-8.30 pm on Thursday evenings. The instructor will be Phil Crawley of the Dawn Duellists Society.

The venue will be the Big Red Door in Lady Lawson Street, a local performance and arts space, as well as a burlesque and Steampunk themed nightclub venue. Admission is free, but participants must be aged 18 and over due to licencing and insurance concerns.

This is a trial term so the initial programme will be very much canonical Bartitsu techniques, with each session consisting of some physical conditioning, punching and kicking, grappling and cane work in equal measure. The course is aimed to be accessible to all, regardless of experience and ability.

The eventual aim, if there is interest and venue space, is to extend into a more neo-Bartitsu vein as skills and equipment allow.

There are also plans for two one-day workshops on Saturdays at some point before March- see the Te Pooka website for more details when this is confirmed.