Bucklerthon! Also, SwordFish

A bit late for the website update, but a bunch of WSG attendees went to SwordFish. Congratulations are especially due to those who made it to the livestream: Piermarco Terminiello, with a bronze in rapier and dagger, Jack Gassmann with the technical prize in sword and buckler, on a knackered leg to boot, and Peter Smallridge with a wrestling heavyweight silver, and Michela D’Orlando who came fourth in the women’s longsword.

Draping ourselves in the flag

Back in Surrey, there was the Broadwater Bucklerthon, a rather more local event featuring both a novice nylon and invitational steel sidesword and buckler tournament. It’s great to see such effort put into building competitors here in the UK, and there were some familiar faces on the podiums.

And of course, WSG sessions continue in its usual slot. 11am, Colombo Centre. Bring swords!

October Updates – We Fight, Cut, Feast, Host


Congrats to Masha for her silver medal in the Women’s Longsword at TaurHEMAchia 2016, and to all who went and competed.

Those who stayed at home enjoyed the last of the warm weather with a barbeque and cutting party. Cardboard tubes were ravaged, and much meat devoured.


Tomorrow, we’re hosting “HEMA Godfather” Matt Galas!


FightCamp, the UK’s biggest HEMA event, is now over. It has some tournaments, and Waterloo regulars attended, so WSG has more medals:13895406_10157535742380122_3299054302245157497_n.jpg

Jon got gold in nylon backsword, silver in longsword and bronze in rapier, Sasha got gold in rapier and bronze in longsword and nylon backsword, Pim get silver in rapier and Jay silver in Eggleton cup. Well done to them all!

Astolat 2016 Review

[by Claudia Krause]

The heart of Surrey, where once King Arthur (supposedly) trod, heard once more the clashing of swords.

The Facebook feed was full of it weeks before. Excitement was rising and with good reason:

Peter Smallridge had teamed up with friends from WSG, SotS and further afield to organise the first international tournament-only HEMA event on English ground. History was to be made! There was a generous spread of weapon disciplines: longsword, sidesword and buckler, arming sword and buckler, sabre, rapier and dagger. Women’s tournaments were available for longsword, sword and buckler, and sabre. The schedule was subsequently tight, and the weather was very, very warm. We took it all with good cheer.13844109_10157446467460122_2054593643_o.jpg

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Level up!

13255997_580640515440595_1720295529367429032_n.jpgMichela wins gold in Women’s Longsword at Copenhagen. Congrats Micky!

This takes her to second place in the NHFL rankings, putting her in contention for the title as the league enters its final phase.

Mo’ Medals, No Problems

Several of us attended the excellent May Melee hosted by Virtus Sword School over the sunny bank holiday weekend, including teaching three of the classes at the event.

There were two tournaments of mixed weapons, nylon and steel. WSG attendees dominated the steel – all of the final four were WSG attendees, although James Wiggins from Virtus (third place) only made it once. Congrats to Jonathan and Jay for their gold and silver!