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Scottish Swordsmanship

Sword fighting is our heritage. Start your HEMA journey today.

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Teaching Scottish Swordsmanship
in Glasgow

Saorsa was created in 2021 by Instructors Ben and Victoria in an effort to bring Scottish Swordsmanship and history to as many people as possible! The Glasgow HEMA scene is a fast growing space and we welcome everyone to be a part of it. We believe that sword fighting should be for everyone and we strive to create and maintain a safe and inclusive environment where everyone in can feel free to be themselves.

 Here at Saorsa, our instructors are committed to being welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable. With their combined experience and expertise, our instructors hope to be able to answer any question you have on fitness, swords and the treaties we study from. And if they don't? You can bet they'll do their best to find out!

We are situated in the South Side of Glasgow on Crawfurd Road, just a five minute walk away from Burnside train station. We run fencing lessons twice a week on Monday and Saturday alongside frequent courses including our popular Beginners Broadsword Course


We offer a range of services at Saorsa including HEMA Classes , Experience Days and Stage Combat workshops

Looking for a gift with a difference? Or maybe you're looking for something for the sword lover in your life? Head on over to our Gift Vouchers page to find the perfect gift!

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Ben Hamilton

Ben started off his sword fighting journey competing in sport fencing and as soon as he turned 18, he went straight to his first HEMA class.


Ben is a champion broadsword and singlestick fighter; he has medalled and won several tournaments all up and down the country and was ranked #1 in the World in singlestick! Although the singlestick, broadsword and sabre are his specialties, that hasn't stopped him getting medals in longsword too. Ben leads the sword technique portions in classes at Saorsa.

Victoria Clow

Victoria started her sword fighting journey through performance. She attended East 15 Acting School and earned a BA (Hons) in Acting and Stage Combat.

Having represented Scotland at two Commonwealth Games as a rhythmic gymnast, Victoria is no stranger to competition.

Now a L3 Personal Trainer and currently undertaking a Physical Preparation Apprenticeship through Scottish Gymnastics, Victoria is the physical preparation and fitness lead in classes at Saorsa.

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How to find us:

If you're driving there is plenty of parking on site.
If you're taking the train, we're a 5 minute walk from Burnside Station.

Our Address:

113th Burnside Scout Hall;
3 Crawfurd Rd, Rutherglen, Glasgow G73 4JB

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Photos taken by Victoria Rose Photography, Victoria Clow and Primal Adventures respectively. Logo by Lyn Sneddon at Potions9Design. Saorsa has used artists and businesses local to Glasgow for all photos on the site as we are passionate about Scotland and promoting local businesses.

Saorsa Swords is a company registered in Scotland.
Company Registration Number: SC688071

We are delighted to be members of the British Martial Arts & Boxing Association