Virtus Sword School Bath

The chapter opened its doors  in May 2015. We train with longsword and Italian rapier. Other weapons are taught on an ad-hoc basis. We have plenty of equipment for new people to borrow and beginners are always welcome. We provide a fun and friendly environment in which to improve your sword skills whilst meeting like-minded and interesting people.


James has been involved with a variety of martial arts for over 20 years and started HEMA in 2013. He has experience in Taekwondo, bojutsu and karate before starting with Virtus. Since then he’s competed across Europe in steel longsword competitions and brought back quite a few medals! James focuses on teaching longsword, rapier/sidesword and staff according to Meyer but also draws inspiration from other historic masters. He has also been a guest instructor at WSA and taught at ‘Swords and Cider’ and ‘The May Melee’. He regularly attends international HEMA events to compete.



What are the costs?

There is an annual membership fee of £15 and  the training fees is £30 per month. After a couple of weeks we also ask that you buy a club t-shirt to wear at sessions from here.


What happens during a session?

A normal session will consist of a warm up followed by sword drills then light paired sparing. Each session is 55 minutes long.


What will I need to take part?

Please wear jogging bottoms (no jeans), a t-shirt (a long sleeve t-shirt is recommended) and trainers. You will also need something to drink such as a large bottle of water; no alcohol permitted but we have been known to drop into the local watering hole after a session.


What equipment will we be using?

A synthetic training sword, fencing mask, gloves and elbow protection will be provided for beginners during the session. You can bring your own equipment but this will need to be checked for suitability and safety prior to use during the session.

When do you run sessions?

The sessions are Monday 19:30-21:30


Where do the sessions take place?

The sessions take place at St Matthew’s Church, Widcombe Hill, Bath, BA2 6AA


How do I book?

Please email James to confirm your place. If you are interested in finding out more before joining the club, please contact us directly. We can of course arrange for you to come and watch a session.


The Bath chapter is affiliated with the Academy of Historical Arts (AHA)