Black Dog Combat
Historic Combat Classes
Classes & Events
For those ready to gird their loins
COVID-19: Obviously things are changing daily with the global pandemic, but get in contact and see what can be done. Many of our classes and events can be outdoor or involve social distancing.
Split between Edinburgh and Peebles, in the Scottish Borders, Black Dog hosts blocks of classes in historic combat at the EastGate Theatre along with arranging private or group sessions to suit clients. We also offer Stage Combat sessions for youth groups, schools and theatre groups. Along with this we run demonstration sessions in historical fighting techniques - such as Gladiatorial combat to estates and historic trusts. We run one off events to combine our interests in outdoor pursuits and historical combat - so get in touch and see what we can do.
Check out our colleagues at ERFA for more fantastic historic combat fencing.
- Linda Grayson
“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with a sword.”
a bronze age pointy stick with purpose
Our weapons of choice at Black Dog Combat are the spear, an ancient weapon - perhaps the first - and the sword. The spear is a dynamic and energetic weapon to use. It allows for great versatility in range and engagement as well as being accessible and cheap. The sword, - especially the bronze age variety, and the medieval arming sword, two-handed and long sword are our favourites for training with. We base our combat systems on bio-dynamics, medieval treatise and experience. We start with introductions to the movement and weapons and then progress through beginner techniques to more advanced classes. All our classes aim to be accessible, friendly and energetic.