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Fencing, smallsword, backsword, pugilism.
Fencing, smallsword, backsword, pugilism.

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Current training times and charges:

Mondays, 6-7pm, pugilism.
Thursdays, 8-10pm, fencing.

Please arrive at the class at least 5 minutes beforehand so that we may start promptly. 

The fee is £3 per hour (therefore £6 for a fencing session), paid in cash immediately after the class, with an additional £20 per year insurance fee from the BFHS. Please bring pound coins!

Alternatively, instead of paying cash after the class members may pay £26 per month by standing order to have access to all sessions. 

If you're interested in a class then please email enquiries@sirwilliamhope.org before coming along. The first two sessions are free.

The venue is The University Club, here:

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/11+Mansfield+Rd,+University+of+Oxford,+Oxford,+Oxfordshire+OX1+3TE/@51.7571395,-1.2513848,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x4876c6abe9cc3d51:0x781c34d2e5dd6995

For your first session you'll need to bring this form along:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1623843/lsd_form.pdf

Exercise clothing such as tracksuit trousers and a T-shirt is required, as are clean shoes for indoor use only. Squash shoes would be a good and cheap choice. Other equipment will be provided for beginners.

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Some video from the Smallsword Symposium - eagle-eyed viewers may spot two of us:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okkNsoR45mM

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Following on from the smallsword, here's some backsword. As usual, this is unedited salle play and so there's no guarantee of the finest quality swordplay at all times. Some of the time there should be a little, though.
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Here are a selection of videos from last Thursday's class, showing Hope's New Method with the smallsword. 
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Excerpt from the Oxford Chronicle of 1928, sent around in the Oxford Today extra :

Duelling revived
An elaborately planned hoax took place when the editor of the undergraduate journal, The Cherwell, Mr J.M.S. Green of University College, fought a duel in Dead-Man's Walk, Christ Church Meadow, with Mr H.G.B. Eyres-Monsell of Merton College. Mr Eyres-Monsell had apparently taken exception to certain statements published in The Cherwell.

This is how Mr Eyres-Monsell described the affair: 'We stood for action, our rapier points touching. The seconds stood a few feet away. Each of us was in deadly earnest. This duel was a serious affair from beginning to end... Dr Bohl of Munich, a friend of mine, was in England on holiday and consented to act as medical officer.

'Maurice Green and myself were dressed in the regulation duelling costume. I wore white stockings, blue velvet knee breeches, and a white shirt open at the neck. Maurice Green was similarly attired, except that he wore black stockings. Dr Bohl carried a leather handbag, containing rolls of bandages, pads of cotton-wool, and bottles of lotion...

'We parried, thrust and lunged. While it lasted, the affair was highly exciting. The struggle went on for five minutes, when Maurice Green, with a high lunge and tierce, pinked me with a blow to the shoulder. I winced, naturally, and for a moment staggered with surprise, dropping my sword. I recovered it, but the seconds, contrary to my wishes, declared the duel off, and satisfaction had been gained.'

It was afterwards admitted that a number of undergraduates had decided to hoodwink the Press, because Oxford was receiving too much attention from Fleet Street... The Proctors stepped in, ordering a report of the affair to be presented to them. The duellists were fined £10 watch and the seconds £5.
Oxford Chronicle, 1928



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There are some excellent colour images in this treatise from c. 1830:

https://hemamisfits.com/2016/06/02/the-broad-swordsmans-pocket-companion/

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Here's a very basic drill based on some lessons taken from Donald Walker's simplified broadsword system in "Defensive Exercises".

What's the fun in watching that, you may think. In this case the slow motion camera on my Nexus 6P gives an entertaining view of the blows, complete with excellent thwacking sounds from the Knight Shop boffers we were using.

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