"Do not hesitate to strike your opponent........ Fight with your whole body to achieve that which you greatly desire."
Lane End Village Hall:
Lane End Village Hall
Lane End Village Hall can be found on the corner of Finings Road (B482) and Church Road. Parking can be found either in front of the side entrance (see photo above) or off Church Path at the back of the hall.
Classes take place between the hours of 7pm and 9.30pm on every Wednesday evening. For junior classes please see reference in the section marked 'Age Group' below. If you are interested in attending this class please contact us via the 'Events and contacting us' page.
Broadwell Memorial Hall:
Broadwell Memorial Hall
Broadwell Memorial Hall is the third and largest building on the left-hand side when turning from Speech House Road (B4226) onto North Road (B4432). Parking can be found at the back of the hall.
Classes take place every Sunday evening between the hours of 7pm and 9.30pm. For junior classes please see reference in the section marked 'Age Group' below. If you are interested in attending this class please contact us via the 'Events and contacting us' page.
Dean Court Community Centre (near Botley):
Dean Court Community Centre
Dean Court Community Centre is found at the back of Yasmin Stores/Jamona takeaway and can be accessed via an alleyway at the side of the Jamona takeaway. There is plenty of parking at the venue and access to the Orange Room (our training space) can be obtained through the door to the left of the main entrance. This is a relatively small space so please contact us prior to arriving to ensure we can include you within the class.
Classes take place between the hours of 7pm and 9.30pm on every Monday evening. For junior classes please see reference in the section marked 'Age Group' below. If you are interested in attending this class please contact us via the 'Events and contacting us' page.
The first two introductory lessons of any class are free.
If paying monthly, in advance and by direct debit, a payment of £30 is due at the beginning of each calendar month and the annual membership fee is included. This payment scheme includes attendance to any or all of our classes.
If paying per class attended then an annual membership of £40 is due at the beginning of each annual renewal period in addition to a charge of £10/lesson, which is applicable to all of our classes.
All dues are payable directly into the school account. The administration reserves the right to adjust annual subscription and lesson costs at a months notice.
Junior classes are for students aged between 8 and 12 years.
Adult classes are for students aged from 13 years onward.
Junior classes can be arranged on request. At present the current training times accommodate the adult classes only. Junior classes would run the hour before the adult class so between 6pm and 7pm and potentially at all the venues listed above. Please contact us for further details.
We are happy to accommodate physically impared or disabled students but reserve the right to refuse anyone, both impared or otherwise, who is unable to progress or whose limitations are such that teaching is impractical or impossible.
For training we recommend either a t-shirt, polo shirt or a short sleeved rugby shirt and a pair of comfortably fitting training/jogging pants/bottoms/leggings/trousers/whatever you want to call them, and non-marking trainers, or similar footware, appropriate for athletic activity.
For the initial lessons all equipment necessary will be provided.
Within a reasonable period (a few months) following full membership it is requested that you purchase a suitable training weapon (modified shinai, available from the school at around £45).
When your experience improves (12 months or so) you will need a fencing mask (a student mask costs somewhere in the region of £70 from Leon Paul) and possibly gloves (we have discovered that paint ball gloves are rather good and cost around £10/pair). There is the potential to upgrade to a socketed shinai (available through the school at a cost of £140 as there's quite a lot of work involved in making them) .
When you have decided to fully commit to HEMA you may want to purchase a steel practice sword (around £400 to £500), advice about which can be obtained through the school.