Class Description

All Sword Conservatory classes are offered through the Parks & Recreation Department of the Town of Holly Springs, North Carolina. Below is a listing of current courses and times.

Register for courses through Holly Springs Parks & Recreation, either online (where there is a convenience fee added) or at a Town facility (such as the Hunt Center or Cultural Center), where there is no added fee.

All are welcome to stop by to observe class and ask questions any time. The first class is free with a signed Town of Holly Springs Waiver (available at the Hunt Center desk).

How Much Are Classes?
See the Town of Holly Springs Parks & Recreation page linked to above for rates. Drop-ins (i.e. signing up for a single-class at a time) are welcome! Sign up for a month at a time for a better rate.
What Equipment do I need?
Our classes do require equipment in order to fully participate. For some classes, we have rental equipment available for use at a monthly rate.
For all classes, our instructors are happy to help advise you on the best approach for your needs.
Can I bring my own Equipment?
Please keep your own equipment at home until you have had a chance to discuss it with an instructor. Metal (other than fencing swords), sharp, and projectile weapons are not allowed.
Location
W.E. Hunt Recreation Center
301 Stinson Avenue
Holly Springs, NC 27540

Medieval Swordfighting

Class Times

  • Thursday 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Pre-Requisites

  • 5 to adult
  • 5-7 must be accompanied by a registered adult

Learn to fight like a knight in a safe, supportive, and fun atmosphere. Initial weapons studied are usually Single-Handed Sword or Two-Handed Sword. Returning students progress through training in weapons such as Quarterstaff, Sword-and-Shield, Pike, Dagger, and Buckler.

Students use foam safety weapons for most drills and always when sparring. For contact drills and sparring, safety helmets are worn. All aspects of the class are overseen by experienced instructors. Students are also taught safety techniques and footwork to ensure their safety as well as the safety of their fellow students.

What to Wear: Comfortable athletic clothing and footwear.

Equipment: Safety masks and safety weapons can be purchased or rented.

Please note: The last 30 minutes of scheduled class time is reserved for Knight Errant students and above. All others are excused at 8pm.

Medieval Weapon Training

Class Times

  • Sunday 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Pre-Requisites

  • 15 to adult
  • Younger ages will be considered with parent presence and instructor permission.

Learn medieval weapons in a fun, supportive, and challenging atmosphere.

Classes will include use of synthetic swords for techniques, drills, safety training, and theory. Sparing will be done with padded safety swords and head protection.

Weapons include Arming Sword, Two-Handed Sword, Staff, and various Off-Hand weapons.

Equipment is available to rent (supply fee), but purchase is encouraged for long term students.

This is a more intensive version of the Medieval Swordfighting class. Mature students of all skill levels are welcome.

Advanced Sword Demonstration Training

Class Times

  • Sunday 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Pre-Requisites

  • Historical martial art experience and instructor approval.
  • 15+
  • Younger ages will be considered with parent presence and instructor permission.

This class is for experienced students of historical European martial arts or fight choreography, who wish to continue their study in an inclusive, collegial, low-impact, and safety-focused environment. Objectives of training include improving technique, speed, stamina, safety, and control, in preparation for demonstrations at events.

Students focusing on historical combat utilize polymer (plastic) or fencing weapons with appropriate protection (which can be historically accurate armor) and historical costume.

Students studying fight choreography (stage combat) utilize appropriate stage weapons and genre-appropriate costume.

Class consists of instruction/discussion, conditioning, drills, and either practice bouts or choreography practice, depending on the student's focus area (historical or stage).

Please do not bring metal weapons of any kind to class without first discussing with an instructor.

Sharp weapons and projectile weapons are strictly not allowed.

Recreational Sport Fencing

Class Times

  • Sunday 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Pre-Requisites

  • 10+
  • Students under 15 need to have a parent present throughout class.

Students learn the basics of modern sport fencing and participate in friendly bouts. For new students, emphasis is on learning the skills needed to compete safely and successfully - rules, footwork, attackds, and defenses - so that they may participate in bouts as quickly as possible.

Experienced fencers welcome too!

All three sport fencing weapons (foil, epee, and saber) are used, with instruction generally focusing on one at a time.

Class consists of warmups, instruction, and drills, followed by bouts.

Historic Fencing: Pirates, Duelists, and Musketeers

Class Times

  • Sunday 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Pre-Requisites

  • 8+
  • Students under 15 need to have a parent present throughout class.

Do you imagine yourself as a pirate, musketeer, or even Inigo Montoya? Does the phrase "Naturally, you must suspect me to attack with Capo Ferro?" mean anything to you? Then perhaps you have the desire to learn historic fencing. Using modern fencing weapons, you will learn to fight in the styles of rapier, cutlass, small sword, and military sabre. Then, fight instructors and fellow students in friendly bouts!

Instruction is based upon historical information and the sword instruction manuals of the Renaissance, Enlightenment, British army, and the US and British navies. For safety, modern fencing equipment is utilized.

Class consists of warmups, instruction, and drills, followed by bouts.

Stage Combat

Class Times

  • Sunday 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Pre-Requisites

  • 15+
  • Younger ages will be considered with parent presence and instructor permission.

Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, The Princess Bride, and many other movies have one thing in common. Amazing sword fights!

This class will teach you the basics of both sword fighting and choreography, so that you too can look like the dashing hero or the powerful villain.

The class will focus on futuristic weaponry. However, the skills taught can be applied to other weapons as well.