I’m an instructor and member of School of the Sword. I train rapier, side sword and their companion weapons – including cloak, dagger and buckler, sometimes even two swords at once.

I’ve also played around with single dagger, tomahawks and axe fighting with the occasional claymore and montante thrown in for good measure.

It’s a fantastic sport – keeping one fit with a mixture of aerobic fitness together with high intensity impact training. But most of all it’s just a lot of fun.

For an idea of what it’s all about – you can see a fantastic documentary here.