The Stoccata School of Defence is a modern school of Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) (also called Western Martial Arts (WMA) or Historical European Swordsmanship (HES)), that teaches systems of self-defence described in texts written between the thirteenth and nineteenth centuries.
These systems were designed explicitly for dealing with life-and-death situations, and they are taught as a martial art, not as re-enactment, sport-fencing, or theatrical stage-fighting (although many students do engage in these activities as well). However, given that no modern person will ever be in a real sword fight, our emphasis is on safety, control, competence, and skill.
We offer regular courses of instruction in a variety of different weapons and historical styles. These are appropriate for anyone of reasonable physical fitness over the age of 12. See “Styles” for details