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Sword Circle-LLC is an educational program dedicated to preserving the authentic historic arts of medieval combat through performing; classes, lessons, demonstrations, vendor-ship/ merchandise and more.
**Our Studio number has changed! Our new number is; (919) 615-0219**
2017 Event Calendar
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We have much to share on our website, but can only fit so much! Our other pages are located at the top of our page! Best travels through our page! Search contacts for instructors; Classes & Programs for our schedule; Links are listed at the bottom of this page; Vendor-ship is under Classes & programs as well.
Sword Circle-LLC is a Provider of Medieval History. As such, our services cover a large variety of possibilities, but not excluding our mission; to Provide Authentic History, Medieval/ Renaissance/ Fantasy Entertainment, Educational Programs/ Classes, Special Requested Services, Vendor-ship, and More.
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Students for 2017 & 18' season; Volunteering opportunities
Students are always welcome to join our classes and programs throughout the year. By enrolling into Sword Circle, students with experience have the opportunity to follow Sword Circle and grow their training even further. As Sword Circle holds classes, Sword Circle also provides services for demonstrations and presentations at different venues. Sword Circle allows the opportunity for our own students to volunteer at such events. By doing so, students are able to experience the ability to teach others and train their skills with other sword fighters, such as ourselves. Contact your local class under Locations & Contacts to obtain further information and details.
Sword Circle; Our Story
Student (left); founder of the Historical Swordsmanship Class, Daniel Stephenson (right) 2006 @Lake Benson Park, Garner NC
Founded as The Historical Swordsmanship Class (HSC) in 2005, the HSC was an educational class teaching in the art of the Medieval Sword; single hand and long-sword. Through the expansion of the class and the escalating interest for training in sword fighting, the HSC elected new members and instructors. In 2009, Alex Foster was elected as the new lead instructor for the HSC after 2 years of training and researching/ studying of medieval history and sword fighting. In 2011, Alex Foster incorporated the HSC into Sword Circle, creating an educational program teaching in all medieval Arts, Combat and History. On the 14th day of July, 2014, Sword Circle became a legal business in North Carolina as Sword Circle-LLC. Now, in present time and into the future, Sword Circle-LLC will stand as a role model and have proud leaders to teach the true historic art of Medieval Combat. Even as our classes are still primarily taught about historic sword fighting leaders, such as Fiore Dei Leberi, Hans Talhoffer and Fillipo Vadi, these Long sword masters are what have inspired us as instructors. Most of our teaching methods are dated back as early as the 11th century, entering into the 16th century and adding modern sword fighting, such as Fencing formations. Our demonstrations and lessons are educational and share the history of European weaponry and the culture from where it originated. As our lessons are about all of medieval combat and weaponry, our practice is originated from the sword. As the sword was seen as a challenging weapon to wiled, only a few skilled warriors were known to be able to use the sword's versatility of becoming offense or defense correctly. As instructors, we also undertake the position as role models; such as Knights were iconic for their Virtues and trained skills, we too set our goal to represent a mundane style of Knighthood to help inspire and encourage our participates inside and outside the classroom.
We teach and hold the same values as Knights held in the duties they performed for their Kings or Lords: Loyalty, Honor, Courage, Justice, Mercy, Nobility and Faith. Our values are very strong to us and our teachings. We help encourage these values to be held inside and outside our classes. Our three rules of play are; Play safe, Play fair & Play for fun!