About Us

Gained by Skill, Held by Steel.

Members of the Academy of Steel lined up with sideswords.

The Academy of Steel is dedicated to the study and practice of swordplay and the use of medieval weapons and Western Martial Arts. We seek to marry elements of reconstructive historical re-enactment and Historical European Martial Art (HEMA) in order to offer a well-rounded education in the science of sword fighting and medieval combat. We strive to learn as much as possible and to create a constructive framework that provides an accessible curriculum and training to allow new members to learn sword play and benefit from our many years of experience.

Whether you are new to sword play or have experience in, Martial Arts, re-enactment, HEMA, BotN, or LARP, we offer a variety of classes that will help you learn new skills or simply sharpen up. We provide training in a variety of weapons both in one-on-one duels and as part of a unit.

We provide a welcoming environment for all participants offering different levels of intensity and focus.

Friendly sparring as part of a unique and inclusive group is encouraged, but not mandatory. We are well known for being very social and can often be found heading out after class for a gathering.

About Jordan

Jordan Mock, Marshal of the Academy of Steel

The Marshal of the Academy of Steel, Jordan Mock, has been a practitioner of various martial arts for most of his life. His passion has taken him from re-enactment battles in Denmark to fencing tournaments in Italy and he has won several medals and awards both in Britain and abroad.

Jordan’s main focus of study has been the Italian fencing tradition, sword and buckler and sword and shield, though he is also well versed in the use of axes, spears, knives and hand-to-hand and is always keen to learn the use of new weapons and skills. With articles published in Martial Arts magazines on the nature of HEMA, Jordan has also been a consultant and guest speaker at lectures and conferences in universities in South Wales. He has been invited to run workshops as a guest instructor at some of the largest Historical European Martial Arts events in Europe including Fightcamp, Fightcamp Skirmish and Austri Partes as well as running workshops as part of FightingandSpirit, a programme designed to use Martial Arts as a form of therapy.

An accredited instructor with the British Combat Association, the Company of Arms of the Rose and the Sword and the Vikings Society UK, Jordan trains hard and hopes to instil the same passion in his students.

About Melissa

Melissa Hainsworth of the Academy of Steel

Beginning as the Archery Captain of the Cardiff Castle Garrison Re-enactment Society, Melissa later joined the Vikings Historical Re-enactment Society and has participated in fencing and re-enactment events all over Britain and Europe. When she and Jordan moved to Italy, she joined the La Compania del Arma del la Rosa e Spada and upon returning to Britain opened the Academy of Steel.

Melissa is an assistant instructor within the Academy, the Academy’s archery captain and also runs classes for women and non-binary persons. She has been invited to teach at Swords of Spring, to give a workshop in Historical Martial Arts as a guest instructor. She is well versed in medieval Italian Fencing Systems and is currently studying the work of Fillipo di Vadi.