WMAA member groups run a range of classes for different purposes but deep down the intent is to provide safe instruction, with the goal of competently using a sword or other historical European weapons in a fun and safe manner.
Each school has their own goals whether it is historical accuracy in equipment, technique and/or training methods; a cultural focus (eg. Historical German systems) or a new modern approach that is agnostic of a national identity.
We would recommend that you compare your goals against the objectives of the groups in your area and look for the right fit to you, whether that is fitness, fun, competition, historical accuracy, and/or price.
Some examples include:
- Fechtshule Victoria (VIC), German Longsword
- Stoccata (NSW): seven branches covering 18C British, English, Longsword, Broadsword, Italian (Classical, Greatsword, Polearms, Rapier, Scherma Bolognese, Armizare)
- Stoccata (TAS) two branches covering English sources and some Italian.
- Melbourne Swordplay Guild (VIC), Scottish and English sources.
- Glen Lachlann Estate College of Arms (VIC), GLECA System/Modern, German
- Victorian Historical Combat Academy, 19thC sabre.