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New chapters of Schola Gladiatoria

Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2006 11:29 am
by Matt Easton
Hi all,
As many of you know, we are a western martial arts group based in London, working primarily with the treatise of Fiore de Liberi (c.1410).
We now have two more study groups in different parts of London - one in Muswell Hill and another in Enfield (both North London). The Muswell Hill branch (Monday night) is sticking to Fiore, while the Enfield branch (Wednesday night) looks mostly at 17thC English sources; in other words, Silver, Swetnam and Pallas Armata (emphasising backsword/broadsword).

In addition to this, Schola HQ in Ealing, London, will now be having sessions on alternate Friday evenings (in addition to Tuesdays).

More info can be found here:
http://www.fioredeiliberi.org/aboutus/

Regards,
Matt

Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2006 7:14 pm
by gregory23b
That is good news for Plummy, twice blessed in the Norf Landan stakes, keep him off the streets though. Best of luck with the expansion.

Where abouts in Enfield btw? (my old dwelling place).

Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2006 11:24 pm
by Matt Easton
Apparently between Enfield Town and Enfield Chase stations:
http://www.fioredeiliberi.org/enfield/ScholaEnfield.doc

Matt

Posted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 4:14 pm
by Matt Easton
Since I originally posted this, we have suffered some middle-aged spread:

We are now:

SG1 in Ealing, West London, on Tuesday evenings, under Matt Easton, concentrates on the medieval fighting system of Fiore dei Liberi, keeping close to the original source material, using lots of structured drills as well as sparring, and studying all the weapons, concentrating on unarmed defence against dagger, the use of dagger, one-handed sword, longsword/bastard sword, spear and pollaxe. We also have occasional classes in other weapons and sources.

SG2 in Exeter, Devon, on Wednesdays, under Johann Matzke concentrates on the use of the longsword/bastard sword, based mostly on Fiore dei Liberi's system, but drawing on other sources also. Training sessions are run in a workshop format, using drilling and sparring.

SG3 in Enfield, North London, on Wednesday evenings, under Nigel Plum, concentrates on the basket-hilted single-handed sword (broadsword/backsword) according to 17thC English sources like Silver and Swetnam, quarterstaff according to various sources, rapier according to Capo Ferro and other sources, bayonet according to various sources and 17thC Dutch wrestling and knife defence. Classes are a mixture of drilling and freeplay/sparring.

SG4 in Muswell Hill, North London, on Monday evenings, run as a study group under various Schola teachers, concentrates on longsword and single-handed sword according to Fiore dei Liberi, taking a less academic approach to medieval martial arts with more attention to freeplay/sparring in class, augmented by drills.

SG6 in Shipley, Bradford, West Yorkshire, on Wednesday evenings, under Paul Bennett, concentrates on the use of the longsword/bastard sword according to the various German sources in the Liechtenauer lineage. Also some messer, sword and buckler and dagger work, according to the same sources. Classes are assisted by Francis Perry and consist of drilling and sparring.

In addition, a new chapter will be opening soon near Hull.

Posted: Fri Aug 29, 2008 1:23 pm
by Dathi
Matt Easton wrote: In addition, a new chapter will be opening soon near Hull.
I'm being bracketed slowly....next shot should be just close enough to get to!

Posted: Fri Aug 29, 2008 2:07 pm
by StaffordCleggy
hopefully one will open a little closer than Bradford to me.... :)

Just can't get there on a week night i'm afraid.

Posted: Fri Aug 29, 2008 4:24 pm
by Matt Easton
A friend of ours is starting a group in Darlington and High Coniscliffe:

http://www.swordfightnortheast.co.uk/

Regards,
Matt

Posted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 5:29 pm
by Paul8v
I'd love to do WMA but I don't know of anywhere near me (Essex) Is there anything anyone knows of in my area, London would be a bit of a nightmare unfortunately :(

Posted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 6:40 pm
by Phil the Grips
Look for nearer groups here-
http://www.bfhs.org/

Posted: Fri Sep 12, 2008 10:20 am
by Matt Easton
Paul8v wrote:I'd love to do WMA but I don't know of anywhere near me (Essex) Is there anything anyone knows of in my area, London would be a bit of a nightmare unfortunately :(
The Exiles are closest to you:
http://www.the-exiles.org.uk/

Matt

Posted: Fri Sep 12, 2008 12:47 pm
by Colin Middleton
Dathi wrote:
Matt Easton wrote: In addition, a new chapter will be opening soon near Hull.
I'm being bracketed slowly....next shot should be just close enough to get to!
Bradford's not far from you Dathi, stright up the moterway, certainly cloer than Hull.

Pitty that it's a Wednesday night in Bradford or I might be tempted to give it a try. Wednesdays is our group's practice night and Bradford's a tight slog from Sheffield after work.

Re: New chapters of Schola Gladiatoria

Posted: Mon Dec 07, 2009 6:56 pm
by Matt Easton
As this thread comes up in Google I thought I would revive and update it!

Schola Gladiatoria currently has six active chapters, covering various combat styles and periods, from medieval to Victorian (please see our website www.fioredeiliberi.org for more detail):

Ealing, West London
Exeter, Devon
Guildford, Surrey (soon opening)
Bradford, Yorkshire
Hull, Yorkshire
Bloomsbury, Central London

Best regards,
Matt

Re: New chapters of Schola Gladiatoria

Posted: Mon Dec 07, 2009 8:06 pm
by Dave B
How about cheshire next? all too far for me.

Re: New chapters of Schola Gladiatoria

Posted: Mon Dec 07, 2009 9:36 pm
by Zachos
When is guildford opening, and who would I contact?

Re: New chapters of Schola Gladiatoria

Posted: Tue Dec 08, 2009 12:40 am
by Matt Easton
Hi Zachos,
I'll be running the Guildford class myself (I'm moving there). It will mostly be covering Victorian sabre and bayonet, but we will probably do occasional medieval sessions as well (as that's what I mostly teach in the other groups, and I know it's what some people prefer).

Regards,
Matt

Re: New chapters of Schola Gladiatoria

Posted: Tue Dec 08, 2009 9:38 am
by John Waller
Matt,
Have sent you an email. Please keep me posted on progress of the Guildford chapter. I'm sure some of my guys will be interested. If you are around in Guildford on the 2nd tuesday of any month (like tonight!) drop in to the George Abbot and spread the WMA gospel.

Cheers

John

Re: New chapters of Schola Gladiatoria

Posted: Tue Dec 08, 2009 11:28 am
by Matt Easton
Thanks John, sadly Tuesdays are usually out for me, as I teach the Ealing class on Tuesdays! :)
Hopefully see you in the new year though.

Matt

Re: New chapters of Schola Gladiatoria

Posted: Tue Dec 08, 2009 4:58 pm
by Zachos
If the guildford class is on mondays fridays or saturdays let me know and I'll try and get along to some. I'm more of a medieval man myself, but the Victorian Sabre sounds awesome.

Re: New chapters of Schola Gladiatoria

Posted: Wed Dec 09, 2009 10:59 pm
by paul bennett
Dave B wrote:How about cheshire next? all too far for me.
Where in Cheshire? I run a monthly class in altringham, all day on the 3rd (usualy) Sunday of the month

Re: New chapters of Schola Gladiatoria

Posted: Wed Dec 09, 2009 11:26 pm
by Dave B
What do you cover?

I'm round congleton way, so Altringham isn't too far. I'm interested (although only in winter, in the season I'm away almost every weekend.)

Dave.

Re: New chapters of Schola Gladiatoria

Posted: Thu Dec 10, 2009 7:55 am
by paul bennett
German longsword, although I may be able to get my pollaxe monkeys to do a session on le jue de la hache

Re: New chapters of Schola Gladiatoria

Posted: Thu Dec 10, 2009 12:11 pm
by Dave B
Longsword isn't really my interest (at present) but still interested to see what it's about. after 14 years (as Fox pointed out to me on tuesday) of involvement with reenactment, I've never done any 'proper' WMA, only reenactment combat, and then mostly Bills, guns, and a little arming sword.

When's your next session, I'd be tempted (diary permitting) to just pop up to see what it's about.

Re: New chapters of Schola Gladiatoria

Posted: Thu Dec 10, 2009 6:17 pm
by paul bennett
17th January is planned for the next one. Pm me with your email address and I will let you know the details when the venue is booked

Re: New chapters of Schola Gladiatoria

Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2009 10:40 pm
by Tallphil84
any groups near the IOW. I've been trying to encorage some of my reenactment training group to try some of the dagger defences that are illistrated in the old manuels but there are few takers and I need someone to learn from.

Re: New chapters of Schola Gladiatoria

Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2009 10:53 pm
by Phil the Grips
Ferry to Pompey, train to Brighton and you have the Sussex Rapier (School.http://www.hadesign.co.uk/SRS/)
The nearest I can think of, but no dagger defence stuff.

Re: New chapters of Schola Gladiatoria

Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2009 11:26 pm
by paul bennett
Get to fightcamp en masse and corner neil johnson (sg7).

Re: New chapters of Schola Gladiatoria

Posted: Thu Dec 24, 2009 12:12 pm
by wulfenganck
Dave B wrote:Longsword isn't really my interest (at present) but still interested to see what it's about. after 14 years (as Fox pointed out to me on tuesday) of involvement with reenactment, I've never done any 'proper' WMA, only reenactment combat, and then mostly Bills, guns, and a little arming sword.

When's your next session, I'd be tempted (diary permitting) to just pop up to see what it's about.
Well the Lichtenauer tradition centers around the klongsword, but the principles and lots of the techniques are supposed to work with any weapon - or without any weapon at all - just as well. Paul and Frances know what they are doing, so if you find the time to show up there I recommend it. And fightcamp should be an option as well!

Re: New chapters of Schola Gladiatoria

Posted: Thu Dec 24, 2009 1:22 pm
by Marcus Woodhouse
A little arming sword-is that a big dagger?

Re: New chapters of Schola Gladiatoria

Posted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 9:58 pm
by Dave B
Just to say that Fox, Jenny and I visited the Schola Gladiatoria longsword group in manchester today.

The sessions are organised by Saskia Roselaar, and lead by Paul Bennet. Ive never done any HEMA before, and I'm not always a quick learner, but I found it very easy to get into. Frankly it was the most fun I've had with my clothes on for some time.

Thanks chaps, I'll see you next time, and if anyone else is handy for manchester, I'd recommend it.