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Online sword fighting class from Glengarnock Castle

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Join DigVentures and friends at Glengarnock Castle to learn the basics of sword fighting, online.

When: Saturday 10 July 2021, 18:00 BST
Where: Online, via Zoom (a recording will also be available for 7 days)
Bookings: One ticket per device
Experience level: All ages and levels welcome. You do not need to be fit (this is NOT an exercise class)
What to bring: No special shoes, clothes, or equipment are required for this event

What we'll do

Online sword fighting? Yes, really! In this one-hour taster class, we’ll begin with a short introduction to sword fighting, and a whistle-stop tour of how a real sword fight differs from what we see in the movies.

Next, we’ll turn our attention to Glengarnock Castle for a brief look at the evidence for sword fighting, and how the recent discovery of a medieval sword pommel is changing what archaeologists thought they knew about the site (and why we want to find out more).

We’ll then get ready to take our first steps in sword fighting! You will learn how to grip a sword, examples of the ‘en garde’ stance across time, and how to move like a swordsman with basic footwork.

Finally, we’ll put it all together into a simple system of attack and defence. You’ll learn how to play some training games to help develop your skills and where to find out more to help you continue on your path to becoming a Master of the Art of Defence.

When you complete the class, we’ll show you how you can continue helping us to protect the future of this incredible historic monument, in person and online.

Your instructor

Your instructor for this event will be Simon McGrory. As Heritage Project Officer for Garnock Connections, he works with local communities and partner organisations (like DigVentures) to deliver the cultural heritage projects in the Garnock Connections programme (like our community dig at Glengarnock Castle).

Simon is a fully qualified fencing coach and a former master with the British Federation for Historical Swordplay. He has taught workshops in a range of fighting styles at numerous International Historic fencing symposia, and interpreted sword fighting in the plays of William Shakespeare for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

More about Glengarnock Castle

Would you love to help archaeologists investigate a medieval castle in Scotland? Well, you’re in luck!

DigVentures is teaming up with Garnock Connections to investigate Glengarnock Castle, a medieval castle in Scotland. The ticket sales from this online swordfighting class are contributing directly to archaeological fieldwork that will help to conserve, protect, and further our knowledge of this important ruin.

You can also join our team on a ‘dirty weekend’ fieldwork mission in July 2021, or register interest to join the team in 2022.

It’ll all part of a wider programme to enhance and protect the incredible natural, cultural and built heritage of the Garnock Connections project area. By joining this event, you won’t just be learning to sword fight – you’ll also be directly contributing to the protection of this important ancient site right in the heart of the region.

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