I'm afraid the Glasgow Company of Duellists will no longer be recommending that people train with the Academy of Historcal Arts. Nor will we recognise their instructor qualifications. After discussions with other senior HEMA representatives after am incident about an inexperienced new student (He had only three sessions) who was injured after being put in for sparring on his first night at their club.
I believe it is utterly unacceptable to be putting people into sparring wit...h steel without the proper training. Now my student has
torn anterior and posterior ligaments in his knee due to slipping on a wet patch in the sparring area and will be out of training for months to come.
Firstly he should never have been out there, it takes a minimum of six months training to clear for steel sparring at the GCoD. I am reliably informed that this is fairly standard practice across reputable HEMA clubs.
Secondly the sparring area should be checked for hazards before a bout.
Thirdly my student was given no proper risk assessment or examination to check he was aware of the risks and was competent to take part. When I spoke the Keith Farrell
about the incident he claimed that both were done but my student say neither was done.
Added to the fact that the AHA heads have had no formal training in swordsmanship and when I requested that they join the BFHS and go through the instructor process to ensure they have some formal qualification it was ignored. I now learn that they are promoting instructors with only 6 months experience in swordsmanship.
These are actions I cannot in good conscience accept and as such recommending that students should seek instruction with other schools.#HEMA