Who are the Dawn Duellists?

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.

Fencing is fun!

Instructor Dragal fencing with sabre at a <abbr>DDS</abbr> wedding

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!

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Tuesdays, Kirk O'Field lower hall, Edinburgh

Train 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.

Medieval German Longsword Class

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Tuesdays, Kirk O'Field lower hall, Edinburgh

Train and fight using the Radaelli military sabre system! This class is led by Gregory Rickeard.

The class is open to everyone from complete novice to experienced sabre practitioner and is run on a drop-in basis. You can come along any week of term and get started right away.

Military Sabre Class

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Mondays, Kirk O'Field upper hall, Edinburgh
Monday 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.

Study Groups

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