Dawn Duellists Society Edinburgh

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.

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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.

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Medieval German Longsword Class

Tuesdays, Kirk O'Field upper 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.

Full details of the longsword class >>
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15% off food!
DDS members now get 15% off food in our local, The Auld Hoose.
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