The Dawn Duellists Society (DDS) 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 DDS 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 study groups and training classes.
Christmas Holidays - time for a festive break
Whatever you celebrate at this time of year, it's once again holiday time and our last class this term is Military Sabre on Wednesday, 10th December.
We will be back in the New Year on Monday, 12th January beginning with the usual study group fun.
Fencing is fun!
The DDS 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!
What's on - first lesson is free! All of our classes are run on a drop-in basis and are open to all levels.
Tuesdays, Kirk O'Field upper hall, EdinburghTrain and fight using the medieval German Longsword system! Led by Martin Page, this class is mainly derived from Lichtenauer's Goliath text.The class is open to everyone from complete novice to experienced longsword practicioner and is run on a drop-in basis. You can come along any week of term and get started right away.
Wednesdays, Kirk O'Field lower hall, EdinburghStudents of all levels are welcome to join this class which makes a departure from the style taught in previous years.Led by Gregory Rickeard, our most excellent sabreur, the class will be taught mainly using Waite's sabre system with elements of Hutton's sabre system making an appearance during the course.
Wednesdays, Kirk O'Field lower hall, EdinburghLed by Finn Bell, this course in sword & buckler is derived from the early German source, Tower Manuscript i33.This class caters for all levels, allowing more experienced fencers to progress while still being accessible to beginners. As it is run on an adhoc basis by arrangement, please get in touch first before coming along.
Mondays, Kirk O'Field upper hall, EdinburghMonday evenings are given over to the various DDS study groups. Here members get the opportunity to study their own field of interest and the course-work is made!These groups are usually only open to experienced fencers but you can ask your instructor if there is a study group for your class if you are interested in extra practice.