We come to learn. We stay to fight. We leave as friends.

Hello! Thank you for visiting the online home of the Society for the Study of Swordsmanship (SSS).

Most people are well aware of Eastern Martial Arts through their use in films and television over the last 40 years, but Western Martial Arts have had nowhere near the same level of recognition.

The idea of a Western Martial Art may seem alien to most people, but we at the SSS aim to explore the vast variety of weapons that have been designed and used in Europe for over 500 years. These include:

  • The Rapier
  • The Backsword
  • The Smallsword
  • The Sabre
  • The Cutlass
  • The Bayonet
  • The Cane

To name but a few!

We also expand our learning to the unarmed and close combat systems that were documented at the same time as the historical weapons not only to compliment our skills, but also for practical self defence sense purposes.


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