) is an historical fencing group based in the heart of Edinburgh and dedicated to the study and practice of historical European swordsmanship as a martial art. We in the
base our knowledge on the study of genuine treatises by the old masters of the past and we put our knowledge into practice with regular
New term starts September 2nd September - please see classes for timetable changes
The main changes are that sword & buckler has moved to Monday and there are now two sessions on Wednesday. The first session will be Renaissance Fencing, a brand new class, and the second session will be military sabre and study group time.
NEW! - Renaissance Fencing Class, starts Wednesday 4th September, 7.00 - 8.30pm. Prompt start!
A new-look class focusing on Italian rapier of the late 16th/early 17th century, taught by returning instructor Mr Greig Watson. The system is based largely on di Grassi, supplemented with other period rapier writings and the class instructor's own theories to make a complete combat system. The lessons will be dynamic and fun, focusing on action and practicality over complex theory, making this a very accessible system. Come along, all welcome and you can join in any week even if you can't make the start of term.Full details of the Renaissance Fencing class >>
Fencing is fun!
is proud of its relaxed and friendly club atmosphere and among our instructors
we number some of the country's finest swordsmen.
We run workshops and courses on various styles of historical fencing and European martial arts (HEMA
) in Edinburgh throughout the year. All of our classes are open to beginners and experienced fencers alike, so if you are interested in learning to fence with us, please contact us
or even better, come along! We are always keen to see new faces (although we do require you to be over 18).
Historical fencing uses heavier weapons than modern sports fencing so our classes are run with safety in mind because it's part of our fencing philosophy to have fun and enjoy ourselves while we learn and when we compete.
The Dawn Duellists do even duel at dawn occasionally, which is as good an excuse for a picnic as any!