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The Wee Stramash Logo - a small outline of a Celtic knot over the top of a larger green and orange coloured celtic knot. The words The Wee Stramash are in a pale green over the top.
The Big Stramash Logo - a small outline of a Celtic knot over the top of a larger green and orange coloured celtic knot. The words The Big Stramash are in a pale green over the top.

21st of September

Welcome to Stramash!

Saorsa's own Tournament and Workshop Event!


Please note, to attend the event participants must be 18+ and have their own personal insurance.

Workshops will be open to everyone, regardless of experience and are open to any style of single sword. Each of the workshops will start at a level appropriate for beginners and will offer progressions.


The Workshop day will be held on the 21st of September. 

The Wee Stramash Kit Requirements;

350N mask.
Box for those who need one

Kit recommendations;

Your own sword

Padded Glove
Chest protector

Arm protector


The Big Stramash Kit Requirements;

Minimum 350N mask

Minimum 350N Jacket
Overlay with back of head protection
Box for those who need one

Arm Protector
Appropriate Gloves
Own sword


Kit recommendations;

Chest protector


Please bear in mind that Instructors for each class may have specific kit requirements.

We have a fantastic line up of Instructors this year featuring those from the Glasgow HEMA scene and further afield. Keep an eye out for the workshops being announced!

But there's an ulterior motive to some of the workshops ...


Four of the Instructors are running workshops with subjects that will correspond to a technical prize in the tournament. Throughout the tournaments, judges will be watching for these techniques in particular, alongside general good fighting, and at the end of the tournament, these fighters will be rewarded with a technical prize.

Our confirmed Instructors are listed below with a brief description of their lessons. Check back for updates on their classes!

Ben Hamilton

Saorsa Swords

Chloe Headdon

Academy of Historical Fencing

Colin Fieldhouse

Schola Gladiatoria and Saltaire Academy of the Sword

Christopher Halpin

York School of Defence

Kerri McArthur

Black Boar: Cambridge Chapter and London Historical Fencing Club

Chris May

The Exiles York

If They're Worth Stabbing Once.... An Intro to Fiores Dagger.


In this class we will give you an introduction on how to knife fight in the style of Fiore dei Libre both armed and unarmed. The refined and noble art of master Fiore will teach you everything from disarms & locks to joint dislocation & throws. Learn to bar fight like a noble and show those peasants who's boss.

In the words of the man himself: "I am the noble weapon named the dagger, who plays at very close range. And he who understands my malice and my art will also gain a good understanding of many other weapons. And since I finish my fight fiercely and quickly, there is no man who can stand against my method."

Kat Ferguson

Dawn Duellists

Lauren Ireland
York School of Defence

For more information on the timings of the day, visit our Timetable page. For more information on the prizes up for grabs, visit our Sponsors page.

To buy your ticket, head to the bottom of our main Stramash page!

We want to say a big thank you to our Instructors and our Sponsors for their time, effort and support! We would also like to thank our many volunteers for the day. Without all of these people, this event would not be possible!

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