HMB foundations
Learn the basics of armoured combat sport in 5 weeks
HMB foundations
Learn the basics of armoured combat sport in 5 weeks
A SPEEDY ENTRY
INTO sword fighting
The course will take you through the very basics needed for a speedy kick-start of your journey into the world of full contact armoured fighting.
STEP BY STEP learning program
Getting started has never been easier! We'll provide you with all the equipment and support needed. Even your fitness level doesn't matter – we'll adjust the program to fit you and will take it slowly until you are fully ready to spar with other students.
A look to the future
Dreaming of mass battles? Or maybe a shiny longsword is your weapon of choice? No matter what path you choose in future, HMB Foundations is the best place to start your fighting career.
6 spaces

Keeping numbers low allows us to ensure instructor:student ratio is high
5 weeks

The length of the course is designed to give beginners enough time to fully digest new information
15 hrs

of in-person tuition with world championship medalists
"Starting out in a sport like Historical Medieval Battle can be daunting. Some people simply don't know where to begin! Others might be concerned about their fitness level or worry about what they might face at their first session.

This is why we launched HMB Foundations – a course designed to give newcomers like you a simple and straightforward entry into the world of steel sports.

In the last 3 years we've helped many men and women find their way from day one to fighting in steel at world championship level. Trust me, this might be the beginning of an incredibly interesting story."

Jake Coles
Leading instructor
Date & Time
Group 1 will be training on Thursdays and Sundays
(starting on the 15th of April)
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Group 2 – on Tuesdays and Sundays
(starting on the 13th of April)
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Tue/Thurs: 18:00–19:30
Sun: 12:30–14:00
Location
Unit 51 Morelands Trading Estate,
Bristol Rd,
Gloucester
GL1 5RZ

Directions
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
WEEK 1:
In your first week, you will get an overall introduction to the sport and begin to study basic footwork and defensive positions with both sword and shield.

WEEK 2:
This week we'll focus on striking. You'll learn how to strike hard, accurately, and fast as well as how to combine strikes into effective combinations.

WEEK 3:
Revision time! This week we'll be revising what we've learnt so far before moving on to 1v1 sword and shield duels. You'll learn how to score points and win a fight effectively.

WEEK 4:
At this point, you are already able to spar at full speed. We'll spend some time practising before we hold mini-tournament amongst the newcomers to demonstrate how far you've come.

WEEK 5:
This week is for learning about other aspects of the sport. Here we'll learn about longsword and poleaxe duelling, as well as 3v3 group fights.
price: £80
WHAT'S INCLUDED:

– A step-by-step learning program designed for complete beginners;
– 15 hours of personalised training that scales to your ability level;
– A closed group on Facebook for beginners, where you can safely ask questions and receive support and feedback out-of-hours;
– Access to online learning materials;
– Rental of specialist equipment and use of the venue.
No spaces left! Register your interest and we'll notify you when the next course begins.
No spaces left! Register your interest and we'll notify you when the next course begins.
Who we are
ACG is a Gloucester based medieval fight club. We train and compete across all categories of Historical Medieval Battle, bringing home medals from all over the world. It's not just about the medals though, as the best part of it is building new friendships and having fun!

More about us

frequently asked questions

I am under 18, can I take the course?
Unfortunately at this time the HMB Foundations course is only available to those over the age of 18. Sign up to our mailing list to stay tuned to the updates.
How fit do I need to be?
It doesn't matter, we'll tailor the session to your ability level to ensure you feel pushed but not overwhelmed.
What do I need to bring?
All you need to bring is a groin guard and some water. Everything else is provided.
Are we going to fight in steel?
Not yet. As this program is designed for beginners it is a soft kit course, meaning that we'll be using soft training equipment that imitates real armour and weapons. You'll be able to fight in steel once you're more experienced.
Start your journey today
It couldn't be simpler! Register your interest and we'll notify you when the next course begins.
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START YOUR JOURNEY TODAY

It couldn't be simpler! Register your interest and we'll notify you when the next course begins.
What is your name?
Email
We will send your booking confirmation here. No spam!
Facebook
Needed to add you to a private group with the course materials