We asked for a sign, and we received one.

Last weekend we held a small cutting party and barbecue. We weren’t sure about going all the way to Swiss Cottage for it. Then we beheld this (advertising a local barber/cafe) and we knew we were on the right track.

Travel to Beautiful Places, Meet Interesting People, and Stab Them

August summary: we trained a lot and some of the WSG crew went to some events.

Congratulations to Piermarco, who got to visit Majorca to fence. He taught at the Sword Island 2015 event, and while he was there he medalled in both rapier and longsword.

Meanwhile, the rest of us enjoyed the hot weather with some conditioning training to see just how much we could sweat. The answer is: lots.

v1kkZQ 11145091_488502524654395_5180721045774434735_n copy

Feile na Gaiscigh – Four Tournament, Four Gold Medals

The “Festival of Heroes” is the Irish National HEMA event, and 2015 was the second year it’s run, and the first year it’s been open and advertised internationally. Two WSG regulars decided to go, one teaching and both competing in the four tournaments – all mixed weapons, with nylon and steel in Open and Women’s flavours.

Continue reading Feile na Gaiscigh – Four Tournament, Four Gold Medals

May Ends in Medals

Two weekends and a good few medals in three countries. WSG regulars attended the May Melee in England (where Peter won gold) the Örebro Open in Sweden (bronze in the women’s as Michela muscled onto the podium and bronze in the rapier and dagger for Sascha, who also made it to the last four for sabre!) and SKUNKS in Poland (where Artur won “man of the event” by popular acclaim and Peter won gold in the timed cutting tournament).

Next weekend will be the Paris Open, where again WSG will be well represented in attendees.

Training continues every Saturday, with the 13th of June being a special “Fechtschule” anti-tournament.


26th April will be a Special Sunday Session

Due to venue constraints, Waterloo Sparring Group will be meeting on Sunday the 26th of April instead of Sat 25th. From 11am as always, and we suspect there’ll be Sunday lunches to follow the sparring and training.

Facebook Event link for the curious or those who cannot plan calendars without social media.

PS – congratulations to those WSG regulars at the Copenhagen Open. We hear they’ve done excellently in tough competition, with several undefeated at the pools stage.


New Year’s Update – Same Old Deal, We Train Eat Sleep Repeat

Two months into 2015. What happened since the last update? The usual… We had our Christmas party: 10847719_10205270941630470_7133410950944536656_o We’ve trained and sparred every Saturday: 10980154_10205791167115782_6714027114836203389_o   Except some of us missed the first Saturday of the year to hold the UK’s first HEMA event of the year in Southampton and spread the HEMA joy: 10898230_10155180816535122_2667419354485035068_n10408097_10155180817525122_2164313705782994340_n10653860_1567057250197728_1505562593853288228_n Some of us went to the Helsinki Open, the first event in the Nordic Historical Fencing League. We’re currently the 6th highest club on the league scoreboard. Not bad for a club from outside the Nordic countries. 10410354_10153102990555844_2102231027636808522_n So yes, nothing to report but business as normal working to improve ourselves as historical martial artists.