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, All Abilities

Class Times

  • Thursday 6:30pm - 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. Weapons studied include Single-Handed Sword, Two-Handed Sword, Staff, and more. Sparing will be done with padded safety swords and head protection (provided).

Students are taught safety techniques and footwork to ensure their and other students' safety.

This less-intensive class teaches the same skills and theory as our other Medieval Swordfighting classes, for people of all age levels and abilities.

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 Swordfighting, Intermediate

Class Times

  • Sunday 3:00pm - 4:30pm

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. Mature students of all skill levels are welcome.

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 (provided).

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

Medieval Swordfighting, Intensive 1

Class Times

  • Sunday 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Pre-Requisites

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

This class is for experienced students of historical European martial arts. Objectives of training include improving technique, speed, stamina, safety, and control, in preparation for demonstrations at events.

Students utilize polymer (plastic) and/or wooden weapons (loaners available) with appropriate protection. Protection can optionally include historically accurate armor.

Class consists of instruction/discussion, conditioning, drills, and practice bouts.

Only approved weapons may be used (see instructor).

Sharp and projectile weapons are strictly not allowed.

Medieval Swordfighting, Intensive 2

Class Times

  • Sunday 9:00am - 11:30am
    Approximately every other Saturday.
    See Holly Springs Parks & Rec for exact dates.

Pre-Requisites

  • A separate waiver must be signed with The Sword Conservatory, Inc.
  • Instructor Approval
  • 18+

This intensive class is both for experienced students of historical European martial arts and for those who are looking to fast-track into armored Medieval weapons training. While authentic techniques will be taught and practiced, all strikes are 'pulled'; never full-contact. Objectives include conditioning, technique, speed, safety, and control. This can be preparation for demonstrations and educational programs.

Some loaner equipment is available, but students will need to purchase their own complete kit in order to participate in sparring. Instructors will happily advise on the options available.

Only approved weapons may be used (see instructor).

Recreational Sport Fencing

Class Times

  • Sunday 3:00pm - 4:30pm

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. Experienced fencers welcome too!

For new students, emphasis is on learning the skills needed to compete safely and successfully - rules, footwork, attacks, and defenses - so that they may participate in bouts as quickly as possible.

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 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Pre-Requisites

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

Learn actual sword techniques from the Renaissance through to the late 19th century, 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!

Styles taught (or which are under development) include: Pirate, Musketeer, Highlander, Duel of Honor, Napoleonic British Infantry.

Some equipment is available for new students to borrow until personal equipment can be purchased.

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