Historical Sword Fighting
Order of the Boar Foot Combat Team
The Order of the Boar Foot Combat Team trains in the use of both medieval unarmed combat and medieval weapons in support of our equestrian activities.
Unlike the portrayal of medieval European swordsmanship in most modern films, medieval European swordsmanship was a sophisticated martial art in its own right and was just as evolved as any martial art in use anywhere else at the time. We study European medieval martial arts in order to portray them accurately at public displays as well as to allow our students to take part in actual historical sword fighting tournaments.
Training is run in association with the Upper Hutt Martial Arts Academy– a fully equipped and modern martial arts training facility in the Upper Hutt CBD.
The training teaches correct period techniques that are illustrated and described in surviving period manuscripts from the 13th and 14th centuries. We offer training in an original, well documented system of Medieval European called “Flos Duellatorum” written by the Italian sword master Fiore in the early 15th century. This material in this original and rare manuscript covers both unarmed and armed combat (using daggers, spears, long swords and poll ax) both on the ground and from horseback and provides an almost complete training system.
The long sword (a weapon that can be used either one handed or in both hands) is our weapon of choice and every student learns the basic elements of it’s use before moving on to specialise in other medieval weapons if they want to.
This includes the sword and buckler (small shield) as depicted in another original manuscript called the Tower Manuscript 1.33 (a German document dated c. 1300 which covers this type of fighting).
While the common weapons of 14th century and early 15th century dominates our training at the moment, we intend to introduce late 16th century sword training from 2011 as part of our expansion into this period as part of our Border Reivers portrayal.
Some training equipment such as a padded jacket, rigid hand protection and weaponry is required. These can be purchased at a discounted price from The Red Knight.
Order of the Boar Knight School
Knight School is for Childen aged 6 - 13 who want to learn basic medieval sword fighting and other skills and is also run in association with the Upper Hutt Hapkido Academy. We require that all Knight School students also be initially enrolled in least one other of the Academy's Junior classes.
Knight School allows young people to get involved with medieval weapons and re-enactment activities safely. We train with foam weapons in a structured but fun environment.
At the Harcourt Park 2013, the Knight School students took part in an inaugural public sword fighting competition as part of the main programme of events. It is very successful and Knight School students have since taken part in other events including Live Action Role Playing adventures.
Upper Hutt Martial Arts Academy, Unit 2, 18-22 Queen Street, Upper Hutt (access from Lyster Lane).
The premises provide over 330 m2 of area that consists of 200m2 training area with mats.
Relevant fitness equipment, changing rooms with shower facilities and toilets complete the Academy.
Saturday 9.45 AM - 10.25 AM - Knight School
Saturday 10.30 AM - 12:30 PM - Medieval Martial Arts
Monthly via Automatic Payment, Internet Banking or Eftpos
- Medieval Martial Arts: $60
- Knight School: $20
(Knight School Membership Fee assumes student is already enrolled in another Academy Junior class otherwise it is $60 a month.)
Casual Class Fee:
Medieval Martial Arts - $30
Knight School - Not available.