Welcome to the Home of TE-MA
Traditional English Martial Arts
We are scholars and practitioners of the Ancient and Noble Science of Defence and that most excellent of ancient country sports, English Country Backswording Circa 1600.
Our main focus is in the study of the single-handed Backsword/Broadsword and the English Quarterstaff/Tip staff which also involves the close study of English pugilism, indigenous wrestling styles and as George Silver recommends, Strikes with the feet and the knees.
These are all built on a foundation using the Principles of the True Fight as laid down by George Silver in his Paradoxes of Defence in 1599 and his unpublished manuscript A Brief Instruction upon my Paradoxes of Defence. By training in these indigenous martial arts we therefore practice a complete martial combat system that we term as TE-MA, a combined fighting style which is not only traditionally English but is as affective as any other martial combat system you may think of in the 21st century.
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TE-MA is not only about learning an extremely effective and exciting armed and unarmed combat system but it is also a great way to keep fit, maintain mental focus, gain self confidence and learn about British and European history as well as enjoying being part of a growing revival in western martial arts ( Also known as HEMA, Historical European Martial Arts) with all the benefits such as cross training with other schools of defence, attending workshops, seminars, tournaments and much more.
AOBC classes operate in a friendly atmosphere that caters for a wide spectrum of students from juniors to veteran martial artists, both male and female of all ability's. We run two classes a week. Letchworth (Herts) and Sandy (Beds).
Brixham Pirate Festival
A weekend celebrating all things Pirate
Colchester Oyster Fayre
The home of the East of England ECBA Tournament.
Tewkesbury Medieval Festival
BOB Pirate Festival
Cotswold Olimpick Games.
World ECBA English Country Backswording Finals