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Published on September 15th, 2015 | by Niall Norbury

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School of the Sword moves to South Reading

Swashbuckling Reading residents now have the chance to pick up some swordsmanship skills as School of the Sword moves to Reading.

The school was founded in Surrey in 2002 with a focus on the study of 16th and 17th Century Italian swordsmanship. Since its establishment the school has built itself a reputation for historical swordplay with its members working across Europe and with TV companies including the BBC, Discovery Channel and Channel 4.

New students at School of the Sword are put on a course for a few months where they are taught general principles of swordsmanship such as movement, timing, footwork and blade mechanics. In a two hour introduction class, interested people will get a work out both physically and mentally: with the chance to hold a real sword, learn some techniques and have fun.

In addition to teaching people historical martial arts, the school also researches the history of historical swordplay. Its members have published translations of fencing manuscripts as well as work to publicise historical fencing and educate the public about the subject.

Speaking about School of the Sword, leader of the School – Fran Terminillo – said: “There is no doubt that the romantic allure of the sword is powerful. Many people that start out cite The Princess Bride, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, D&D and other popular culture as having a big influence on them, both growing up and as adults.

“Often people from a sports fencing background come to us as it’s a development on from what they have learned and a new challenge, others have a martial arts background and swordplay – indeed western martial arts in general – can be what interests them. In general, swords are just cool.”


School of the Sword meets at AcademySport in Reading on Mondays from 8pm to 10pm. Visit their website for more details.

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