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In the 10 years of the Glasgow Company of Duellists we've only awarded instructor status to three members. Today I had the great pleasure of awarding the fourth. Jennie Hood who after many years of study has received her instructor certificate in the longsword of Johannes Liechtenauer. Well done Jennie.

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It's hard to imagine how many weapons have passed through Howard Dixon's hands. An arms and armor specialist with Christie's Auction house for over 20 years, Dixon has seen it all. But one piece – a 600-year-old Italian broadsword – has long evaded his gaze. The Harriet Dean sword is one of the last remaining swords from the arsenal at Alexandria, and in 1943, it disappeared without a trace. Lost to legend, the medieval blade has been hunted by a...
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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.

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GOoD had a great day training at this seminar organised by +Vadim Kolganov Sport​
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Maybe if it's Maybelenne, she definitely needs a mirror! 
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GCoD class! 
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Glasgow-based group studying Historical European Swordsmanship
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The Glasgow Company of Duellists is a martial arts group studying Historical European Swordsmanship. 

Based in private training facility in Glasgow (Scotland), we are attempting to reproduce fencing arts that have been lost for many hundred of years. These are studied as true martial arts and not as ‘choreography’ or stage combat. The focus of classes is for real combat, just as the medieval and renaissance student would have experienced.

The current areas of study of the group are the medieval German school of Swordmanship using the two-handed Longsword (in German: Langenschwert) and British Backsword of both the Scottish and English traditions.
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