Study Groups

These groups are usually only open to experienced fencers and those passed by their instructor to attend.

classStudyGroupsPageImgMondays, 7.30 – 9.30 pm

Kirk O’Field lower hall


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


Contact Email (please mark ‘Study Groups’)


Study groups are where DDS members, and occasionally those from other groups, work together to study treatises and hone their skills. Since this time is unsupervised and we do value our excellent safety record, only experienced fencers are usually allowed to take part in or form study groups.

A thorough grounding in the basics of fencing principals are also highly beneficial to anyone wishing to study uncharted ground, which is another reason we require members to reach a certain standard of fencing before engaging a study group.

However, where the study group involves or is run by an instructor, less experienced fencers may be allowed to join the group at the discretion of the instructor. This is especially true of study groups attached to particular classes, so please do ask if there is a study group for your class if you feel you need extra practice or are just mad keen on it!

Equipment required

Obviously the equipment necessary will vary depending on the weapon being studied and the nature of the study but these items still apply when drilling or fencing.


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
  • Suitable Gloves
  • Suitable fencing jacket
  • Chest protection
  • Box
    Advisable for gentlemen fencers but lady fencers may also find it beneficial during sparring to wear one.
  • Weapon or allowable simulator
  • 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.