5 week intensive Spanish sword course



Come learn the fascinating art of European sword fighting! This highly effective art known as La Verdadera Destreza used by the Spanish Empire with the iconic cup hilt rapier. Gray School of Arms is Ireland's leading western martial arts school based in Dublin Ireland.

This course is a complete course looking at every aspect of the Spanish cup hilt rapier! running over 8 consecutive classes (Saturdays or Wednesdays) and completing with a workshop.

Come learn the use of this iconic weapon in a safe and friendly environment. Weather for stage combat, screen fighting or martial arts this weapon has been used and admired by generations. From the Spanish swashbuckler and conquistador to the French musketeers.

The course is taught by a professional swordsman with many years experience as both a martial artist and fight choreographer. We cater to all levels of fitness and ability! with all equipment provided.

Spaces are limited to 15, booking is required to secure your place.

Course content:

  • History of Destreza.
  • The Spanish Sword.
  • Footwork and body mechanics. 
  • Timing and distance (uncover the mysteries of the spanish circle). 
  • The Medios. 
  • Correct cutting, thrusting.
  • Parrying, reposting. 
  • Point control and the Bind.
  • Reading the opponent and pressure testing. 
  • Creating and using the flourish.
  • Using the off hand.
  • Flow drills.
  • Control drills and introduction to free fencing.
  • Introduction to other weapons.
  • Talks and demonstrations of advanced fencing.
  • Applying concepts and principles to modern self defense.
  • physical fitness improvements.
  • Home fitness plans (optional).
  • 1 - 1 assessments with the instructor.
  • Scholar grading award for completion of course.
  • End of course workshop covering all material.
  • Full membership for the year of 2018 to Gray School of Arms.
  • Access to classes and continuous training/workshops.
  • Access to off-hand weapons course on completion. Rapier and dagger/ rapier and shield.


  • 8 consecutive classes (2 months).
  • 1 workshop.
  • One year membership to Gray School of Arms.
  • Scholar Grade on completion. 
  • School discounts on Equipment and events.
  • 1 - 1 assessments.
  • personal fitness plans. 
  • Access to private members page with online curriculum and videos.


  • Cost: 100 Euro to be paid before starting date. 90 Euro for students.
  • Payment method: Paypal or postal order. (please contact for info)
  • Location: Sean O Casey community centre east wall Dublin 1
  • Equipment: All equipment is provided please wear sport clothing and bring water + towel
  • Age: 16+ 
  • Number of places: 15
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For inquiries and booking please: contact us