Battle Archery Bristol. Dodge, Shoot, Repeat.

Battle Archery Bristol

The Academy of Steel runs introductory sword training drills organised by Battle Archery in Bristol. The introductory classes explore striking techniques, guards, moving in true time, body mechanics, plays and much more.

Battle Archery run a number of activities including Ariel Archery, Knife Throwing, Stand Up Paddle Boarding and, of course, Battle Archery, a new and exciting game, which is tactical and extremely fun for all. It’s a cross between Archery and Paintballing, but without the pain!

For more details, visit

Vikings lined up with shields and weapons.

Vikings Society

The Vikings Society is one of the largest re-enactment societies in Britain, representing the early medieval period from the sacking of Lindisfarne to the Battle of Hastings. The Vikings Society portray the lives of the Vikings, Saxons and (most importantly) the Welsh with everything from school visits and minor show-and-tell displays to Major events which see hundreds of fighters take to the fields.

Academy of Steel will be attending and participating in many of the shows performed by the Vikings Society with a few of our number being active members.

If you would like to know when a show will be happening near you visit

Or for Welsh shows, visit

Members of The Company of the Rose and Sword lined up in a hall with swords and bucklers.

Company of the Rose and the Sword

The Company of the Rose and the Sword is an excellent HEMA School who also organise reenactment events with outstanding instructors who are as dedicated to their art as they are skilled in their use with a blade. Based in Campania in Italy, the Company is headed by Marco Eraclio de Filippo, a superb swordsman with a PhD in Medieval History and an unparalleled passion for swordplay. Producing formidable fighters, the Company of the Rose and the sword is an excellent example for all HEMA schools and Re-enactment groups to follow. We are very proud of our brotherhood with these exceptional people.

To find out more about Rosa e Spada, their instructors and their future projects, visit

The Academy of Historical Fencing posing with mixed weapons and shields.

Academy of Historical Fencing

The Academy of Historical Fencing is the Oldest and Largest Club in South Wales with branches in Newport and Bristol.

Michael and Nick Thomas are welcoming, enthusiastic and highly skilled. Their club caters to people of various skill levels, experience and backgrounds.

With a wealth of knowledge of a plethora of weapons from a broad spectrum of historical backgrounds, AHF lessons are fun and informative.

For more information about the A.H.F., visit

The Bristol Titans in a training session.

Bristol Titans

Training with the Bristol Titans is one of the most intensive experiences for hand-to-hand and street weapons out there. I challenge anyone to find a more dedicated instructor that Jim Halton, whose knowledge of Krav Maga, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, tactics, fight psychology and general self-defence is second to none.

The classes teach a ferocious blend of martial arts in a welcoming, inclusive and supportive environment. Not for the faint of heart!

For more information on joining the Bristol Titans visit

The Knight Shop

The Knight Shop

Academy of Steel have a club account with the Knight Shop, Britain’s leading provider in HEMA and re-enactment equipment, giving our members the best price on their orders.

To browse what they have on offer, visit