The Linacre School of Defence

The Art and Science of Defence — 17th, 18th & 19th Century English Martial Arts.

Hanging guard in seconde
Smallsword vs. Backsword
Smallsword thrust
The Scheme
Point kick to ribs

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 by the British Federation for Historical Swordplay (BFHS), and insured by the British Combat Association (BCA).

About The Linacre School of Defence

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).

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Classes in Oxford are currently suspended. Meanwhile, training continues at the Enstone Parish Hall every Thursday between 19:00 and 21:00 (please email before attending).