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Welcome to the Stoccata School of Defence, Sydney

Founded in 1998, the Sydney branch of the Stoccata School of Defence is a modern school of Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA), Western Martial Arts (WMA) or Historical European Swordsmanship (HES), that seeks to teach systems, principles and techniques drawn from texts on the subject of fencing written between the thirteenth and nineteenth centuries.

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These systems designed explicitly for dealing with life-and-death situations, and what we teach is not re-enactment, sport-fencing, or theatrical stage-fighting (although many students do engage in these activities as well). The techniques are taught in reference to how they were used in real combat, and our emphasis is on safety, control, competence, and skill.

We offer regular courses of instruction in a variety of different weapons and historical styles. See “Weapons and Systems” for details.



News & Events

Guy Windsor Seminar

The Stoccata School of Defence, in association with the Macquarie Dark Ages Society, will be hosting a two day seminar with Guy Windsor of the School of European Swordsmanship in Helsinki ( at Macquarie University Atrium on the weekend of April 12-13, 2013.

This seminar will deliver a overview of Fiore dei Liberi's "Armizare", a complete chivalric martial arts system from mediieval Italy, with a particular emphasis on the Longsword.

Workshops will start at 10am and finish at 4.00pm. Cost is $200 for the weekend (or $150 for unemplyed/students/etc)

Places are very limited, so if you want to come please book by emailing Paul Wagner at:

Term Dates for 2014

Feb 3 - April 7
Single sword according to Silver
Scottish Smallsword according to McBane

Note: no class March 17 due to play rehearsal

April 25-27 Ironfest

April 28 - June 30
Sabre according to Hutton
Bolognese single sword

July 14 - Sept 15
Sword and Buckler according to I33
Bolognese Sword and Rotella

Note no class June 21 due to play rehearsal

October 13 - Dec 15
Sword and Buckler according to I33
Wrestling Fundamentals

Note no class November 3 due to play rehearsal

Classes at Sydenham
We are happy to announce this year we will be running regular courses closer to the city, for those who can't make Epping.
Classes will be 4.00 - 5.00pm on Saturdays, at Level 1, 25 Unwins Bridge Rd, Sydenham (close to Payless Fuel, and a short walk from Sydenham station). Dates are:
TERM 1: 1/2-5/4
TERM 2: 26/4-28/6
TERM 3: 12/7-13/9
TERM 4: 11/10-13/12
Contact Us for details or
Highland Broadsword for Kids
We are now offering Kids Classes on Monday evenings from 6.30-7.30pm in the Chester Street Uniting Church Hall, Chester St, Epping.
Everything is provided, and Dads, Mums - or even unaccompanied Adults who also wish to learn Highland Broadsword - are more than welcome.
Costs (at this stage) are $10 per class, but this will be reviewed depending on numbers.

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