The Linacre School of Defence was founded in Oxford in 1999 and offers an integrated martial arts system, soundly based upon historical Western combat manuals.
Our instructors are certified and insured by the British Federation for Historical Swordplay (BFHS).
The primary styles taught in LSD classes are at present:
Sir William Hope's New, Short and Easy Method of Fencing: Dating from 1707, this system allows a gentleman to handle a smallsword, spadroon or backsword. Both the smallsword and backsword are taught regularly.
Pugilism: Various pugilism techniques are taught, mostly based upon the work of Daniel Mendoza (1790s), but also incorporating other sources such as Jean-Joseph Renaud (1912).