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Rapier: The Easy Way

With no bent knees, lowered backs or complicated stances we’ll teach you how to wield the rapier like the proud warrior you are. This 6-week course combines modern training methods, cutting edge (pun intended) scientific principles and historical sources to prepare you for greatness in the shortest time possible. The course is designed as an ongoing series of lessons, but each section can stand alone, so while highly recommended, attending all six sessions is not compulsory.

Details
The course runs for 6 consecutive Wednesday evening classes, starting on the 11th of April and concluding on the 16th of May.
Classes will be held at the Melbourne Salle (12/62-64 Oakover Rd, Preston) and will start at 8:15 pm and finish at 9:30 pm, with time for sparring afterwards. Wear loose comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle.

Pricing
As always, the first class is free. Bookings are required – we need to ensure there’s equipment for everyone.  If you’re already a monthly all-classes-included member, this course is included too!
Otherwise it’s $80 for students of the SHF and affiliated schools, or $145 for new students (this covers the cost of the class, as well as school membership and attendance at all SHF classes for the duration of the course).

REGISTER HERE
And here’s the facebook event.

Beginner Basics & Instructor Instruction Day

Many classes will be delivered by student instructors on a variety of swordfighting systems, this could include: longsword, dagger, rapier, sidesword, greatsword, or sword & shield.

This is a great opportunity for beginners to learn fundamentals from the ground up and for teachers to learn pedagogy.

Instructors will be taught, the how, the when, and the why of teaching historical fencing.

Details
Sunday 22nd of April 10 – 4 pm


Costs
Beginner – $10
SHF instructor/future instructor – Free
Other instructor – $40

Registrations
Register here

Payment can be made in cash on the day, or by paypal / bank transfer beforehand. Further details see historicalfencing.com.au/fees

Venue

The Melbourne Salle
12/64 Oakover Rd
Preston Vic 3072

Greatsword Course

As we finish our course on the smallest swords ever its now time to start looking at how to use the biggest swords ever! Join us as over the next 6 weeks as we delve into the colorful world of Iberian Montante madness. This course will aim to give participants a thorough understanding of the basics of handling a Montante; the two handed sword sword of the Iberian peninsula in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Details
The course runs for 6 consecutive Wednesday evening classes, starting on the 28th of February and concluding on the 4th of April.
Classes will be held at the Melbourne Salle (12/62-64 Oakover Rd, Preston) and will start at 8:15 pm and finish at 9:30 pm, with time for sparring afterwards. Wear loose comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle.

Pricing
As always, the first class is free. Bookings are required – we need to ensure there’s equipment for everyone.  If you’re already a monthly all-classes-included member, this course is included too!
Otherwise it’s $80 for students of the SHF and affiliated schools, or $145 for new students (this covers the cost of the class, as well as school membership and attendance at all SHF classes for the duration of the course).

REGISTER HERE
And here’s the facebook event.

March Beginners Course

Join our beginners course in Swordfighting. This course will teach the fundamentals of renaissance combat with Single Sword, Sword & Shield, and two handed Sword, according to the Bolognese tradition and particularly Giovanni dall’Agocchie’s 1572 book.

The first class is free to try 🙂

REGISTER HERE

Class will start at 1:15 pm and finish at 2:30 pm every Saturday for 6 weeks and finishes on the 14th of April.  Students should wear comfortable black pants (tracksuit preferred) and a t-shirt. Equipment is provided, though students are welcome to bring their own.

Prices and Benefits
The whole course costs $170 for adults, and $145 for concession, which includes annual membership in the school and access to all of the regular classes at the school for 8 weeks, two weeks longer than the course.

REGISTER HERE

Venue
The Melbourne Salle
4/64 Oakover Rd
Preston, Vic 3072

PJF Girard’s Art of the Smallsword

Join our fundamentals course in Smallsword, the noble art of 18th-century war-shiv combat, as it was before classical and modern fencing developed on its basis.

We will go through the basics of the system and develop, over six weeks, a rounded skillset for the practical Pointeur, from Tierce and Quarte through to defence against spears and cutting swords. P.J.F Girard was a French naval officer and developed a martial system (published 1740) not restrained by mere fashion or salle and tournament rulesets. It’s HEMA. With smallswords!

These things need minimal gear and are great swords for warm January nights. Masks and a limited number of foils will be provided, but you are encouraged to bring your own stick or stick simulator, such as a smallsword or foil. Light (or otherwise) fencing jackets, gloves, sweatbands and a box for men also recommended.

Details
The course runs for 6 consecutive Wednesday evening classes, starting on the 10th of January and concluding on the 14th of February.
Classes will be held at the Melbourne Salle (12/62-64 Oakover Rd, Preston) and will start at 8:15 pm and finish at 9:30 pm.

Pricing
As always, the first class is free. Bookings are required – we need to ensure there’s equipment for everyone. You should wear comfortable black pants (tracksuit preferred) and a t-shirt.
If you’re already a monthly all-classes-included member, this course is included too!
Otherwise it’s $80 for students of the SHF and affiliated schools, or $120 for new students (this covers the cost of the class, as well as school membership and attendance at all SHF classes for the duration of the course).

REGISTER HERE
And here’s the facebook event.

Open Day

Swordfighting Class

Ever wanted to try historical martial arts, but weren’t sure which kind you were interested in, or even what kinds are out there? We’re here to help! On November 19th, a variety of classes will be delivered by by all the schools who train at the Melbourne Salle.

This is a great opportunity to try a class on any of the systems taght at the Salle including: broadsword, longsword, rapier, messer, greatsword, sword & shield, dagger, spear, and more.

Come, have a look, grab something from the BBQ for lunch, and even participate in a class (or five!) and see what we’re all about.

Costs:
One class – $5
All classes – $10

Timetable:
10 am Messer club
11:15 Fitzroy College of Arms
12:30 lunch
1:30   School of Historical Fencing
2:45   small classes by interest.
4 pm finish

Registrations:
Places are limited, so registrations for classes are required.
Please register here: https://goo.gl/forms/lIDJ0jcaH00coo3i2

Payment can be made in cash on the day, or by PayPal / bank transfer beforehand.

We’re still working on the exact timetable – we’ll let you know!

The other clubs currently offering regular classes at the Melbourne Salle are:
Fitzroy College of Arms: https://www.facebook.com/FitzroyCollegeOfArms/
http://fitzroycollegeofarms.com.au/
Melbourne Messer Club: https://www.facebook.com/germanmartialartsmelbourne/

Short Course – All in Fighting against Nazism

Fighting according to fairburn and sykes

The SHF is thrilled to announce our five week course in the Fairburn Sykes system, starting on the 16th of November. If you’re already convinced, register here.

REGISTER HERE

During the second world war the allies needed a system which they could use to teach the everyday men and women who volunteered for action behind enemy lines. They needed it to be simple, silent and brutally effective.

Fairbairn Sykes is that system. Developed first on the mean streets of Shanghai during the roaring twenties it is a blend of Eastern and Western traditions of unarmed that has influenced military training to this day.

Classes will be held at the Melbourne Salle (12/62-64 Oakover Rd, Preston) and will start at 6:30 pm and finish at 8 pm.

As always, the first class is free. Bookings are required – we need to ensure there’s equipment for everyone. You should wear comfortable black pants (tracksuit preferred) and a t-shirt.

If you’re already a monthly all-classes-included member, this one is included too!
Otherwise it’s $60 for members of the SHF and affiliated schools, or $110 for new students (this covers the cost of the class, as well as school membership and attendance at all SHF classes for the duration of the course).

Loaner equipment is available for the class to share as necessary.

REGISTER HERE
And here’s the facebook event.

Introduction to Fabris – Italian Rapier Fencing

The SHF is thrilled to announce our course in Rapier according to Salvator Fabris starting on the 28th of September. The course comprises 6 consecutive Thursday evening classes, concluding on the 2nd of November. If you’re already convinced, register here. REGISTER HERE

The course will teach Fabris’ method of fencing with the single rapier from the ground up based on his book Lo Schermo, overo Scienza d’Arme, which was published in 1606 and influenced fencing culture for centuries.

Classes will be held at the Melbourne Salle (12/62-64 Oakover Rd, Preston) and will start at 6:30 pm and finish at 8 pm.

As always, the first class is free. Bookings are required – we need to ensure there’s equipment for everyone. You should wear comfortable black pants (tracksuit preferred) and a t-shirt.
If you’re already a monthly all-classes-included member, this one is included too!
Otherwise it’s $80 for students of the SHF and affiliated schools, or $120 for new students (this covers the cost of the class, as well as school membership and attendance at all SHF classes for the duration of the course).

Loaner equipment is available for the class to share as necessary.

REGISTER HERE
And here’s the facebook event.

August Beginners Course

Join our beginners course in Swordfighting. This course will teach the fundamentals of renaissance combat according to the Bolognese tradition and particularly Giovanni dall’Agocchie’s 1572 book.

The course runs for 8 consecutive Wednesday evening classes, concluding on the 20th of September. Classes will be held at the Melbourne Salle (12/62-64 Oakover Rd, Preston) and will start at 6:30 pm and finish at 8 pm.

The first class is free! Please book to ensure enough equipment to go around. Students should wear comfortable black pants (tracksuit preferred) and a t-shirt.

The whole course costs $170 for adults, and $145 for concession, which includes annual membership in the school and access to all of the regular classes at the school. Equipment is also provided.

REGISTER HERE

Women’s Swordfighting Course

Join our women only beginners course in Swordfighting. This course will teach the fundamentals of renaissance combat according to the Bolognese tradition and particularly Giovanni dall’Agocchie’s 1572 book.

The course runs for 8 consecutive Thursday evenings, starting on the 20th of July, and concludes on the 7th of September. Classes will be held at the Melbourne Salle (12/62-64 Oakover Rd, Preston) and will start at 6:30 pm and finish at 8 pm.

The first class is free! Please book to ensure enough equipment to go around. Students should wear comfortable black pants (tracksuit preferred) and a t-shirt.

The whole course costs $170 for adults, and $145 for concession, which includes annual membership in the school and access to all of the regular classes at the school. Equipment is also provided. The course needs a minimum of eight to proceed so remember to tell your friends!

REGISTER HERE