The beginners training course at Auckland Sword and Shield.
This is an 8 week course on the basic theory and practice of historical swordsmanship.
There is a minimum age for 16 years old for the beginners class. Also, if anyone wishing to attend is below 18 they will need to bring their parent or guardian with them.
Can I just turn up and join in?
But please turn up to the first session and do the whole block in sequence. The First session is on the 9th of July 2019.
As we have limited equipment we would appreciate you getting in touch first to let us know you are planning on coming.
What do I need to bring?
You don’t need to bring anything as we’ll be providing all the necessary equipment. There’s no money or fee required. Please wear comfortable clothing suitable for physical activity.
How Much Does It Cost?
Membership fees are $150 per year, making it one of the cheapest martial arts clubs in Auckland. The club has weapons and protective gear that new members can use while training until they can get their own. After grading members should count on buying at least a pair of gloves ($30-$40) and a fencing mask ($125). After that members usually continue buying more protective gear and a blunt steel sparring weapon. Swords cost around $150 to $600 and padded jackets are a similar price.
Who Can Join?
We accept anyone 15 and years and older. The club has members from 15 to 55 years of age, and a good proportion are female. If you are less than 18 years old you will need your parent or guardian to join you at training.
Is it Dangerous?
Not really. Like most sports there is the possibility of injury. However, injury rates are low compared to sports like Rugby, Surfing, Skiing, Snowboarding, Mountain Biking, and many others. The club takes safety very seriously. Appropriate protective gear is required when sparring and training. Overly aggressive behaviour is not tolerated and members are trained to strike safely.