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Cateran members on “Knife or Death” show (History channel)

The Cateran Society is very proud to announce that two of our Broadsword Academy Apprenticeship Online Program members are taking part in the TV show „Forged in Fire – Knife or Death“. Joshua Campell and Kenneth Tucker are taking part in this show.

The show is an competition series that airs on the History channel as a spin-off from the successful „Forged in Fire“ series. The show is hosted by former NFL-player and wrestler Bill Goldberg and Tu Lam, a former Green Berets operative, martial artist and edged weapons expert. Two-time „Forged in Fire“ champion Travis Wuertz assists as the show’s blade inspection specialist. On each episode, eight contestants compete through two rounds, using edged weapons that they have either forged themselves or had fabricated to their specifications. They must submit their weapons to a preliminary examination by Wuertz and can be immediately disqualified in case of a safety issue or failure. The contestant who finishes the second-round course in the shorter time advances to the season finale, with a $20,000 cash prize at stake.


Joshua is a 1st degree Mentor working in our Program under the mentorship of Chris Thompson and Heiko Große. Joshua trained already for a long time and next to the Broadsword with Targe, Dirk and the Twohanded Greatsword he now is working through Level II (Old Style). He was interested in the show, when he saw a casting call for it last spring. He applied online and went through a number of interviews to get on the show. It is not known yet when his episode will airing, but as soon as possible we will announce it here.

Kenneth Tucker, born and raised in Marmet West Virginia, the very town his scottish ancestor Gideon David Fairleigh came in 1648, holds a shodan in Shotokan Karate and has been doing martial arts for over ten years and sword specific for 3 years. He found out about the show facebook and sent an email with a basic synopsis and a video of him cutting. After a few months process of interviews videos and emails exchanges he was given a flight and a filming date. His episode will be airing on 10/31.

See this Trailer for the show on facebook (inlcueding Kenneth).

We are very much looking forward to see their skills in the show and wish them both good luck and success. Congratulations to both gentlemen!


New Book: Lessons of the Broadsword Masters

Cateran Society founder and first president Christopher Scott Thompson is happy to announce his next book “Lessons of the Broadsword Masters”.


The most comprehensive book ever written on the art of fencing with the basket-hilted Highland broadsword, including every major technique and concept from broadsword and backsword masters Donald McBane (1728), Thomas Page (1746), Andrew Lonnergan (1771), Captain G. Sinclair (1790), Archibald MacGregor (1791), Henry Angelo (1799), John Taylor (1804), and Thomas Mathewson (1805).

Christopher Scott Thompson is the founder of the Cateran Society and the author of several books on the Highland broadsword and related topics, including Highland Broadsword from Paladin Press and the self-published Broadsword Academy and Lannaireachd: Gaelic Swordsmanship.

Lannaireachd was an early attempt to interpret the Highland broadsword style for modern historical fencers, and it contains inaccuracies and errors of interpretation. Despite its limitations, it did feature beautiful illustrations by Bob Giordano that Paladin Press chose not to include when they published Highland Broadsword. When Highland Broadsword was first published by Paladin, the state of research into the historical art of broadsword fencing was much less advanced than it is today. As a result, the book focused almost exclusively on the methods of Henry Angelo and neglected the wealth of information available from other sources. Broadsword Academy was meant to address this deficiency. However, Broadsword Academy did not include clear and complete instruction on the basics because that information was already included in Highland Broadsword. When Paladin Press went out of business in 2017, the copyright for Highland Broadsword reverted to the author, and it finally became possible to create a new book containing both basic instruction and complete, detailed information on the techniques of all eight broadsword masters studied by the Cateran Society.

This book contains text from all three works as well as Enclose and Command: How to Fight with Weapons. However, the material has been rearranged in a clear and logical order and expanded considerably to include nearly 500 training drills, as well as several of the Bob Giordano illustrations originally published in Lannaireachd. In addition, all text has been rewritten to use gender-neutral language. Extensive quotes from the manuals allow readers to directly compare the techniques of McBane, Page, Lonnergan, Sinclair, MacGregor, Angelo, Taylor, and Mathewson in chronological order, tracing the development of broadsword fencing over time.

Lessons of the Broadsword Masters is meant to be the most complete and useful reference work yet published on the use of the Highland broadsword, replacing all previous books by the author on the same topic. It will be useful for broadsword instructors, HEMA practitioners, and interested martial artists of all styles.



Further informations also see: New Book

New mentor certification in Germany

The Broadsword Academy Germany is proud and happy to announce, that Peter Stabel has reached his certification for Broadsword and Targe successfully. Peter is training at the BAG since five years and is a very dedicated and technical fighter. After reaching certification for Regimental Broadsword (Level 1), he was constantly training for Level 3 Boadsword & Targe. Also he is helping a lot in regular classes and seminars as assistant-instructor.


Peter showed his technical skills in many training sessions, working through the program and testing his skills in many training bouts, successfully adopting his lefty-style to his mostly right-handed opponents. Here you can see two training bouts of Peter showing his level of skill with the scottish shield:

As the final test Peter faced five different weapons in his official certification bouts. These were Broadsword & Targe, Broadsword & Basket-hilt Dagger, Double Espada, Espada y Daga and finally Half-Pike/Spear. He fought each bout constantly for 2-3 minutes with only short breaks in between the rounds always facing fresh fighters and different weapons. He clearly showed his ability to adopt to different styles and weapons, using the technical repertoire of Broadsword and Targe very well.

Here you can see Peter´s certification bouts in full:

We would like to thank our friend and brother-in-arms Lapu Lapu Dog Ericsson, who joined this certification bouts as an external fightzer. He is a long time practicioner of FMA Stickfighting and bladed weapons, being a 1. Dan of Modern Arnis and a full-dog of the Dog Brothers tribe.


Congratulations, Peter, very good job!

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