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Hope’s Fundamentals and Rules

Sir William Hope (1660-1724) was trained in the French school of the smallsword but came to conclude it lacking. Sir William went on to devise an approach to the smallsword that incorporated the techniques established in the English backsword tradition … Continue reading

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The Linacre School of Defence

The Linacre School of Defence The Art and Science of Defence — 17th, 18th & 19th Century English Martial Arts. The Linacre School of Defence was founded in Oxford in 1999 and offers an integrated martial arts system, soundly based … Continue reading

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