Wolfshead School of Western Martial Arts
Despite the popularly held belief that the West lacks a rich historical martial tradition, there is a wealth of historical evidence and numerous fencing treatises in existence that show the West has a tradition as old and as technically developed as any of the Martial Arts of the East.
Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) actually pre-date the majority of the popular Eastern Martial Systems; the earliest known treatises were scribed by a religious order of monks in the 12th and 13th Centuries.
The ultimate expression of our art is open exchange; competitive open combat against another opponent, where the aim is not just victory, but developing a truer understanding of both the spirit and application of the Art. This takes many years of hard training, practice and dedication to achieve. But when it is, we believe it is as beautiful as any other artistic endeavour.
Wolfshead teaches a variety of different skills needed to study the Martial Arts of Historical Fencing and related disciplines using historically accurate techniques and reference materials.
We practice in an atmosphere of honour and respect, a shared passion for the subject and appreciation of the Art. If you are interested in learning how weapons were actually used to fight with historically, and you enjoy training in a friendly and mature atmosphere, you are always welcome.
We would appreciate it if you would let us know before attending your first lesson.
Chief Instructor: Nigel Potts
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