The Hotspur School of Defence
The HSD pursues the historically accurate study of Europe's traditional fighting arts, most commonly the use of sword between the years 1300 and 1700. Our ethos is to research, practice and uphold the teachings and legacy of the original historical masters of defence, according to the principles they recorded for all time.
As systems of defence designed explicitly for dealing with life-and-death situations, this is not re-enactment, sport-fencing, live-role-playing or theatrical stage-fighting, although many HSD students do engage in these activities to their credit.
If you ever thought that combat between knights or men-at-arms was simply a case of crash, bang, wallop and the strongest brute winsas Hollywood would have you believethen please pay us a visit.
You may be pleasantly surprised at just how diverse, effective and beautiful our very own Western martial heritage is.
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