Group Profile: The London Longsword Academy

London Longsword Academy


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A martial art of great and growing popularity, Western Swordsmanship is the study of martial techniques both armed and unarmed from the 13th century onwards.

London Longsword Academy specialises in medieval and renaissance swordsmanship, focussing on longsword, sword and buckler, rapier, dussack and dagger. All these techniques are extensively researched by swordmaster Dave Rawlings.

Group Lessons

The London Longsword Academy has six regular classes a week at the following venues:

Mondays 8:00 – 9:30 PM – City YMCA, London, 8 Errol Street, EC1Y 8SE

Tuesdays 8:00 – 9:00 PM – Beckenham Spa, 24 Beckenham Rd, Beckenham, BR3 4PF

Wednesdays 8:30 – 9:45 PM – The John Marshall Hall, 27 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 8NY

Thursdays 8:00 – 9:30 PM – The Arbour, 100 Shandy Street, London, E1 4ST

Fridays 6:30 – 8:00 PM – Clapham Leisure Centre, Clapham, London, SW4 6DB

Sunday 6:00-7:30 PM – Fitness First Lewisham, 67-71a High Street, Lewisham, London, SE13 5JX

Class sizes are kept small to aid swifter learning and to give you room to work. All our classes are friendly and focused. Initially all the equipment you need for your lesson will be provided for you, but a list of recommended equipment and suppliers is available on request.

For class availability and times please check the running blog, this will also tell you which topic is being covered in each class.

Classes are £14 per session or £45 per month.