Virtus Sword School Cardiff

The Cardiff chapter is the oldesed chapter and was established in 2012. We train once a week.  The session is on Sundays 19:00-21:00. We manly study German longsword but also teach arming sword, sidesword and dussac. We have plenty of equipment for new people to borrow and beginners are always welcome.


Nick has study HEMA since 2012 and has run the Cardiff chapter of Virtus Sword School since 2014. He specializes in German longsword and sidesword. He is a regular instructor at the May Melee and competes in longsword competitions.

Chapter administrator

Jo is the chapter administrator and is a great first point of contact



What are the costs?

There is an annual membership fee of £15 and  the training fee is £25 per month. After a couple of weeks we also ask that you buy a club t-shirt to were 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 Sunday 19:00-21:00


Where do the sessions take place?

The sessions take place at Cathays Community Center, Cathays Terrace, Cardiff, CF24 4HX


How do I book?

Please email Jo 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.