Military Sabre Class

As there are two sessions on Tuesdays, instructors would greatly appreciate a prompt start if at all possible.

classMilitarySabrePageImgTuesday, 7.30 – 10.00 pm

Kirk O’Field lower hall


£8 – active / honorary members and newcomers
£10 – visitor members

Gregory Rickeard (Dragal)

Contact Email (please mark ‘Military Sabre’)


The 19th Century was a time when British soldiers still used the sword in earnest, from Waterloo to Savastapol and into the great Victorian era of Empire, the sabre was taught to Cavalry troopers and officers. Initially solely a cavalry weapon, the sabre was then adapted for use on foot, and it is this style that the DDS studies.

The main style studied is that of Guiseppe Radaelli, newly researched by instructor, Gregory Rickeard. The work of Alfred Hutton and John Musgrave Waite will also be considered as students progress and they will benefit from Mr Rickeard’s experience as a longstanding sabreur.

This course is open to all levels of experience with no cut-off date for beginners but regular attendance is encouraged for those who wish to attain a free-play pass in this weapon.

Equipment required

For new students, a pair of gloves and loose clothing suitable for physical exercise with footwear such as trainers, is the minimum you will need. There will be some spare equipment to lend out but please do bring what suitable equipment you may have.


For obvious safety reasons all swords MUST be completely blunt, free from rust and burrs and made from materials suitable for the purpose. Sports fencing weapons and wooden or plastic wasters are not suitable. If in doubt about the suitability of your weapon, please consult an instructor.

  • FIE level 2 (1600N) fencing mask
    A heavy gauge fencing mask is necessary.
  • Sturdy gloves
    A sturdy pair of gloves such as sports fencing gloves used for sabre. Sturdy leather gardening gloves or other robust gloves will also do, so long as the fingers and wrist are fully covered.
  • Standard fencing jacket
    A standard fencing jacket such as those used in sports fencing.
  • Chest protection
    A plastic chest protector which goes under the jacket or a plastron are ideal.
  • Box
    Advisable for gentlemen fencers but lady fencers may also find it beneficial during sparring to wear one.
  • Sabre
    Original or reproduction military sabres are most suitable. Classical sabres, sports sabres, singlesticks or spadroons will do at a pinch but are not fully suited to the class.
  • Additional protection
    For free-fencing or sparring, it is best to have arm and leg protection – sports protectors or riot gear for limbs and joints are ideal. Neck protection such as a gorget may also be desirable.