Susan Kirk


Beware all who like to wear red shirts during training, because the next instructor we are going to announce is the formidable and indomitable Captain Kirk!

Sue will be teaching two workshops, and the first we will anounce is smallsword;

“Susan has had a long standing interest in all things HEMA. She found her way to it about 20 years ago following successful forays into sport fencing, stage fighting, reenactment and a career as an Officer in the British Army (yes, she really is Captain Kirk). Susan played a central part in the development of HEMA in the U.K. as a past President of the British Federation for Historical Swordplay (BFHS).

Susan has been an instructor for about 14 years now, and regularly instructs in a wide range of both armed and unarmed HEMA disciplines for various groups and at events across the U.K. Her main focus of instruction over the last few years has been on Smallsword, Sabre, Bartitsu/Suffragitsu, WW2 Combatives and Indian Clubs.

When not instructing she has also developed a real passion for grappling and trains in catch wrestling whenever she can.”

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Smallsword – How to be elegantly lethal

In this session you will be introduced to some of the classic smallsword moves from Angelo and Girard – the Flanconnade, Volta and Demi Volta as well as some disarms. All these done of course with characteristic smallsword gentlemanly aplomb/swagger as it is essential with Smallsword to look effortlessly elegant whilst lethally stabbing your opponent.

Level: Beginner and Intermediate

Equipment: mask, chest protector, groin protection (men), light jacket, light gloves and a smallsword or foil.