Renaissance fencing

Have you seen Game of Thrones and wanted to swing a sword as deftly as Arya Stark? Or perhaps you have watched re-runs of The Princess Bride and been inspired by Inigo Montoya’s flamboyance and flair! With a rapier in hand, you can experience the grace and dexterity that comes with renaissance fencing in the SCA, (witticisms and challenging your opponents with flamboyance are optional, but encouraged).

What is renaissance fencing?

We study, replicate and compete with styles of rapier sword-fighting found in Europe during the Renaissance period, using blunted steel swords and a variety of off-hand defensive items. We wear pre-17th century clothing while competing, along with, or incorporating protective equipment (such as modern fencing masks) for safety.

There is also a sub-community dedicated to supporting the research and teaching of the period martial arts of Europe as detailed in the various extant fencing and wrestling manuals.


There are minimum safety standards for armour and weapons, but as a general rule, you must have sufficient protection for your head and neck (fencing mask and gorget), body armour, hand protection, and groin protection.

In addition to a primary sword (rapier, long sword or single bladed weapons, such as a szabla or scimitar), combatants are permitted to use an additional item in their off-hand. These include a parrying dagger, shield or buckler, cloak or other flexible item, a cane, stick, or second sword. Some of our sillier tournaments have also included the use of soft plush toys, a wooden spoon, or even another combatant!

How can I take part?

Our weekly rapier training session is where those interested in Rapier get together to practice and hone their skills, held every Thursday night from 8-10pm, at Wantirna Primary school, 120 Mountain Hwy, Wantirna VIC 3152.


  • For inquiries about this activity, please contact the Rapier Marshal.
  • For information about this activity across the country, check out Lochac fencing
  • A good place to get basic information before you start, or for a general overview of the activity, take a look at the Lochac Rapier handbook
  • A list of places to purchase equipment, and instructions to make you own, can be found here

Rapier Training

Our weekly Rapier training session is where those interested in rapier get together to practice, and hone their skills.

When: Every Thursday night from 8-10pm. Check the calendar for any updates.
Where: Wantirna Primary School (in the hall)
Cost: $10 for SCA members. Non-members pay the member rate plus an additional $5 insurance levy.