AOBC UK English Country Backswording Champion 2016
Zak 'Wylde' Holland
BFHS Valour Cup Champion 2014
Zak 'Wylde' Holland
AOBC Colchester Oyster Fayre Valour Cup champion
2016 Zak 'Wyde' Holland
AOBC Colchester Oyster Fayre Cup Champion
2016 Zak 'Wylde' Holland
Letchworth Garden City Festival Champion
2016 Zak 'Wyde' Holland
The Sandye Trail at Arms Cup
2015 Zak 'Wylde' Holland
“We are fighters not fencers”
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
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down by George Silver in his Paradoxes of Defence in 1599 and his unpublished manuscript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.
AOBC Letchworth - Hertfordshire
AOBC Arlesey - Bedfordshire
Fitness through Sport
A large part of what the AOBC stands for is our strong commitment to developing a
healthy lifestyle through personal fitness. Training in TE-MA helps you to develop
and improve your own personal fitness level through applied fitness training allowing
each student to progress at their own rate in an enjoyable group environment.
Its fair to say that not a day goes by in the 21st century that we are all told to
eat healthily and take regular exercise to maintain a healthy body and mind and it
is interesting to note that this is by no means a new way of thinking. Over four
hundred years ago George Silver wrote these words concerning the regular practice
of the Ancient and Noble Science of Defence…
“ This noble Science defend the bodie from wounds and slaughter. And moreover, the
excersing of weapons putteth away aches, griefes and diseases, it increaseth streangth,
and sharpneth the wits, it giveth a perfect judgment, it expelleth melancholy, cholericke
and evill conceits, it keepeth a man in breath, perfect health, and long life.”
(George Silver, Paradoxes of Defence 1599)
So now please take the time to browse our web site to discover what training in
TE-MA’s combined fighting style can offer the modern day student and to learn more
about the absorbing and exhilarating sport of English Country Backswording!
If you require any further information that you can’t find the answers to on this
site or wish to become a member of the AOBC
please get in touch with us via our contact page
We are taking on new students at our Letchworth and Arlesey Classes NOW!
Come along to the Sandringham Games and Country Show 9th to 10th of September
To register for this years qualifying tournaments
please click on the ECBA Bouting Rules and
Tournament Registration link
at the side of the page
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 (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.
The AOBC operates in a friendly and competitive atmosphere and caters for a wide
spectrum of students from juniors to veteran martial artists, both male and female
of all ability's.
Young Swordsman a cut above the rest
Local teenager Zak Holland aged 16 from Arlesey, Bedfordshire, member of the Aisle
O'var Backswording Clubbe claimed victory at the National UK swordsmanship tournament
run by the British Federation for Historical Swordplay in Lincoln on Saturday 29th
of November. Zak fought against leading swordsmen from across the UK to win the BFHS
Valour Cup for the Steel Backsword and was crown the UK Champion 2014.