York School of Defence

York School of Defence offers Historical European Martial Arts, Western Martial Arts, Victorian Antagonistics, Medieval Swordplay Dagger and Unarmed & Catch-As-Catch-Can Wrestling classes in York, UK. View location, contact information, class schedule and more...

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The York School of Defence focus on martial arts that originate in Europe from various periods in history. We have classes on medieval sword work, dagger combatives and wrestling, as well as Victorian antagonistics and stick fighting, catch-as-catch-can wrestling and other historical grappling systems along with classical pugilism.

We utilise a variety of training methods including partner drill and solo work, as well as non-cooperative drill and freeplay at varying speeds, both with full protection and with minimal safety equipment to realistically capture the movements and feel of actual combat. We aim to keep our classes fun and informal and we welcome everyone regardless of age, experience or physicality.

The York School of Defence has instructed at a variety of events including Kings of the North, FightCamp, SWASH, the BFHS Autumn and Spring Exchanges, the Cutting Edge, Quadrohemia, and the Noble Science, and we have also instructed for other martial arts groups around Europe for both one day and full weekend workshops. Our teachers are certified under the British Federation for Historical Swordplay and they have trained under coaches Wade Schalles and Josh Barnett as part of the Scientific Wrestling program.

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Melbourne Centre
Escrick Street
York, YO10 4AW
United Kingdom
Phone: 07595605509

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Martial Art Styles

The following Martial Arts Styles are offered at York School of Defence:

  • Historical European Martial Arts
  • Western Martial Arts
  • Victorian Antagonistics
  • Medieval Swordplay Dagger and Unarmed
  • Catch-As-Catch-Can Wrestling
  • Pugilism

Programs & Class Schedule

Tuesday 20:00 – 22:00
European medieval fencing and sword work, with a smattering of dagger and unarmed.

Wednesday 20:30 – 22:00
Victorian cane fighting and unarmed combatives.

Thursday 20:30 – 22:30
Catch-as-catch-can wrestling.

Please contact chris@yorkschoolofdefence.co.uk to check class sizes and specifics before attending. No previous experience is required.

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