We are a group studying Historical European Martial Arts.

At the moment we are involved in C19th British Military Sabre,
using the works of Captain Alfred Hutton, and Captain Sir Richard F. Burton as reference.
We also have interest in later studying the use of the Smallsword and Rapier when and as the time allows.

SAWMA is a full member of the British Federation of Historical Swordplay, http://www.thebfhs.org.uk, and our Instructor, Mr. David Rudd, is an officially accredited and insured instructor with the BFHS.

We are always looking to take on new students, so, if you are interested in learning how swordsmanship was practised by our ancestors and getting a good form of exercise at the same time, why not come along and see us?

Your first calendar month is completely free, so you can come and see what we are about without having to spend any money at all. We have spare equipment that beginners can use initially, all you need is some sensible footwear, i.e. trainers that won't mark woodwork, and trousers and a top fit to train in.

So, if you are interested, please contact our instructor, Mr. David Rudd at drudd@sawma.org.uk, or call us on (07971) 920218.
The terms Western Martial Arts and Historical Fencing refer to the original martial techniques that originated in medieval and renaissance Europe.

Over the centuries these techniques either evolved into other forms such as modern sports fencing, or simply died out and became obsolete
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These martial techniques were documented by masters of the period in 'treatise', books on how to fight using their particular methods.

Were it not for these treatise a lot of the techniques would have been lost in the mists of time, as it is, the superb text and the detailed artwork make these works invaluable to those interested studying these periods.
The sabre first appeared in Europe with the arrival of the Hungarians (Magyars) in the 10th century.

The origins of the sabre in its modern form are somewhat unclear, and it may come from such Medieval European designs as the falchion, or the earlier scimitar used in the Middle East, Indian subcontinent and such Central Asian cavalry as the Turks and Mongols.
Originally, the sabre was used as a cavalry weapon, but it gradually came to replace the various straight bladed cutting sword types on the battlefield.

As time went on, sabres became insignia of rank in many armies, and dress use of sabres continues to this day in some armed services around the world.