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PJF Girard’s Art of the Smallsword


Join our fundamentals course in Smallsword, the noble art of 18th-century war-shiv combat, as it was before classical and modern fencing developed on its basis.

We will go through the basics of the system and develop, over six weeks, a rounded skillset for the practical Pointeur, from Tierce and Quarte through to defence against spears and cutting swords. P.J.F Girard was a French naval officer and developed a martial system (published 1740) not restrained by mere fashion or salle and tournament rulesets. It’s HEMA. With smallswords!

The course runs for 6 consecutive Wednesday evening classes, starting on the 10th of January and concluding on the 14th of February. Class begins at 8:15 pm and finishes at 9:30 pm, with time for sparring afterwards.

You should wear comfortable black pants (tracksuit preferred) and a t-shirt. If you're already a monthly all-classes-included member, this one is included too! Otherwise it's $80 for students of the SHF and affiliated schools, or $120 for new students (this covers the cost of the class, as well as school membership and attendance at all SHF classes for the duration of the course). Loaner equipment is available for the class to share as necessary.

Payment can be made in cash, by bank transfer, or by credit card. If you would like to pay with cash or bank transfer please use the discount codes CASH or BANK respectively at checkout, and you will be contacted to arrange payment.

The Melbourne Salle
12/62-64 Oakover Rd 
Preston 3072
Further information

Website: historicalfencing.com.au