Melbourne Swordplay Guild
Melbourne's oldest school for Historical European Martial Arts, now in Werribee
Come see us at local Highland events
next events: Geelong Highland Gathering, March 2019
At Westgrove Primary School, Werribee
Thames Boulevard, Werribee, in the gym.

TERM 3 Starting July 22nd!

  • Children’s Broadsword starting at 9.30am
  • Adults Elizabethan Swordplay starting at 10.30am
  • Adults Highland Broadsword (Angelo) starting at 11.30am

WELCOME TO MELBOURNE SWORDPLAY GUILD

QUICK QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

The Who, What, Where and When.

SPORT

MSG encourages members to participate in tournaments as a fun and social way to apply skills learned, and test under pressure.

RESEARCH

Working from historical sources from long dead authors, we test and validate every interpretation; avoiding any dogma, we can work toward only the strongest interpretations.

INSTRUCTION

MSG is focused on British/Scottish historical sources.

Where

Westgrove Primary School is on Thames Boulevard in Werribee, Victoria.
It is 5 min bus trip on the 445 from Werribee Railway Station, parking is available.

When

Every Sunday morning, starting at 9.30am sharp for a children’s class, and adults starting at 10.30am.

Who

Classes are run by Scott Nimmo and Dominic Mauricio, founders of Melbourne Swordplay Guild and Western Martial Academies of Australia both have  been teaching swordplay since 2003.

SOME OF OUR HISTORICAL SOURCES

ROWORTH
ROWORTH

In 1798, Charles Roworth published his first edition of The Art of Defence on Foot with the Broadsword and Sabre, uniting the Scotch and Austrian methods into one Regular System.

ANGELO
ANGELO

In 1799, Henry Angelo published his treatise, son of Italian fencing master Domenico Angelo, Henry and his son (also Henry) were Broadsword masters to the Light Horse Volunteers of London and Westminster.

MCBANE
MCBANE

Donald McBane’s Swordman’s Companion is a favourite, born in Inverness, he joined the British Army, fought in the Highlands and in Europe where he opened a number of fencing schools.

SILVER
SILVER

Silvers 1599 work Paradoxes of Defence is a must read for anyone who practices martial arts. His objection to the practice of Rapier from continental Europe inspired a text that gives a valuable framework to swordsmanship.

SAVIOLO
SAVIOLO

Vincentio Saviolo was a 16th century Italian fencing master who taught in London and was highly disliked by Silver. Regardless of this, Dominic’s interpretation of Saviolo appears to agree with Silver’s rants and Saviolo lacked the ability to reply to his critic as he was dead at the time.

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