I run the 1595 club. I currently have classes in Letterkenny co Donegal and Dublin but I'm moving to Clare and thought I'd open a Salle in Ennis.
We focus on western martial arts, studying Sword, Sword & Dagger, Sword & Shield, Partizan, also unarmed fighting including Pugilism, Chancery and Savarte.
I have included some videos of what we do and links to our Facebook and website. Please get in touch with if you are interested in what we do and id be happy to meet you for a chat and a coffee.
Also we host 4 2 day workshops a year with guest instructors from all over. I have included a link to our July workshop.
If you have a club already in Clare or near by please get in touch as i would love to arrange some friendly cross training.
Thank you. look forward to hearing from you.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaonoqJqGFI unarmed fighting
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOBeAa7_Tng Cane fighting
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSYSqdz9WKc Sword fighting
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTFWVa9z3Jc Sword & Shield
The 1595 Club is dedicated to the practice, study and rebirth of the ‘lost’ martial arts of Europe. Our primary source is the work of the sixteenth century soldier, philosopher and Master of Fence Vincentio Saviolo and it is from the year of publication of ‘…[H]is Practise’ that the Club takes its name.
The terms ‘fencing’ or ‘to fence’ have their origins simply in the Elizabethan slang for ‘defence’ and ‘offence’ and this is this meaning that we wish to reclaim.
Fencing is the art of combat: the art and science of defence.
The 1595. Club’s approach to the Art of Fence offers:
• A full martial system: ranging from unarmed combat to the study and practice of historical weapons.
• The study of authentic swordsmanship and the Art of Arms.
• A practical and effective form of self-defence.
• An exploration and study of the co-ordination and harmony of both mind and body, not only as a combat discipline but also as a form of solo practice, that encourages and benefits both physical and emotional well-being.
• The promotion of a philosophy of respect and goodwill:
“…the more skill a man hath of his weapon the more gentle and curteous should he shewe himselfe, for in truth this is rightly the honour of a brave Gentleman, and so much the more is hee to bee esteemed : neither must he be a bragger, or lyer, and without truth in his word, because there is nothing more to be required of a man then to know himselfe…”