Beginner Friendly Classes for all Weapons

We know that starting a brand new hobby can be hard, so we’re hosting a selection of beginners’ classes for all our weapons. 

Our beginners classes are suitable for everyone, whether you’re completely new to HEMA or a veteran looking to try a different system. All our classes have club kit, meaning all you have to bring is yourself (dressed in comfortable clothes) and a bottle of water.


Ever wanted to fence like Shakespeare or a Renaissance rogue? Our Beginners Rapier classes run every 6 weeks, with the next one the 30th of August, will teach you just that. We’ll go through the basics of how to hold a rapier, the specific guards, as well as some footwork to get you started, along with simple defences and attacks. If you can’t wait, drop us an email and we’ll let you know if any classes before then are suitable for beginners.


Running once a month, our Beginners Smallsword class will introduce you to the basics of how to fence in the noblest of sword traditions. Covering everything from the swords and guards to footwork, it’ll set you up to join our regular smallsword class.


Our Beginners Longsword classes run for 7 weeks and act as a foundation for longsword fencing. Our curriculum covers all the core skills and techniques, meaning that by the end of the course you’ll be set up for any fencing challenge.

We’re only able to take new joiners for our longsword classes through the dedicated Beginners Longsword. However if you have experience in HEMA, do get in touch as we may be able to accommodate you.


Beginners’ Sabre takes place on the first Thursday session of every month. Here, we’ll run through the basics of sabre fencing, from the ways you can hold your sword to your first attacks. By the end of the session you will leave with a basic understanding of how sabres work and hopefully love for this sword.

Before the class please familiarise yourself with the Code of Conduct. All equipment will be provided, just bring comfy clothes you can move in and a bottle of water.