At Scholar Victoria we focus on several different weapons.
15th & 16th Century Longsword
Our main focus is the Longsword, taught in the method of both the 15th and 16th century. This is the classic sword from the medieval and early renaissance era, and peaked in popularity in the late 15th century as both a weapon of war and a combat sport.
Our 15th Century syllabus is drawn from writings in the tradition of Johannes Liechtenauer, a system which was explained to us by several authors in the time period. Notably we lean on Sigmund ain Ringeck and Pseudo Peter von Danzig, with supporting material from The Nuremberg Hausbuch.
Our 16th century fencing syllabus, which is presented in parallel to the 15th, is drawn primarily from the works of Joachim Meÿer, a fencing master from Germany, and arguably the last major figure in the tradition of the German Swordsmanship attributed to Jonannes Liechtenauer.
His works represents an important transition in writing style from early German texts to a more elaborate renaissance style of writing, with influences from across Europe.
16th Century Sidesword (& Dussack)
In addition to the longsword (the classical weapon of the Liechtenauer tradition) Meÿer’s syllabus also covers use of the dussack (a short sabre like weapon common to the era) as well as the sidesword – an elegant single handed sword similar to the rapier of the later 16th and 17th centuries.
We periodically teach sidesword classes and workshops as part of our regular training.
19th Century Sabre
Finally, our fencing syllabus is rounded out with sabre fencing systems from the 19th century, which we teach as short courses and one-off classes.
Sabre fencing is fun and effective way to quickly learn a the principles of fencing which can then be applied to any other weapon. It has fewer protective equipment requirements than fencing with a Longsword, and yet still allows fencers to achieve high levels of technical excellence and compete in high level events (as you can see in the video below).
Our sabre syllabus draws on the text of John Musgrave Waite, “Lessons in Sabre, Singlestick, Sabre and Bayonet, and Sword Feats; or, How to use a cut and thrust Sword” as well as supporting material from the writings of Alfred Hutton, particularly his book “The Swordsman” from the late 19th Century, and Roworth‘s “The Art of Defence on Foot”, from the late 18th century.