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New Bard Announcement

We are happy and gratefull to announce that hereby our friend Nick Thomas (Academy of Historical Fencing) is certified as a 1st degree member in our Bardic Assembly (Lore).

Nick Thomas (Academy of Historical Fencing)

Nick is best known as a founder and head-instructor of the Academy of Historical Fencing (UK) and author of many amazing novels. He not only put out tons of great HEMA videos on his youtube channel, but also made several historical Broadsword manuals available as transcripted pdf-files for free. So he was also a great help to transcript, rework and publish Capain G. Sinclair´s Cudgel-Playing together with Jay Maas (Broadsword Academy Manitoba).

Jay started a fundraiser campaign to help purchase a rare copy of Captain G. Sinclair’s Cudgel-Playing (1800), with unique plates and illustrations. For those who don’t know, Sinclair was a Highland Officer of the 42nd Regiment of Foot (The Black Watch) and originally published his broadsword treatise under the name Anti-Pugilism. He published it both as a means of learning the broadsword and singlestick, and also for self-defense for walking stick. With help of the campaign-supporters, Jay worked out a new transcription and high-res scans of the illustrations with Nick and they put it out publicly for free online as a pdf-file. You can find the manual and other recources here:

For this and all the contribution before that with the re-publishing of various manuals like Roworth and Mathewson, as the president and head-instructor of the Cateran Society it is my pleasure to announce the admission of Nick into our Bardic Assembly (Jay was already certified as 1st degree Bard in Lore for his Sinclair-Lesson video series).


Double-Broadsword Lessons and Mentor Certification

We are happy and proud to announce, that Dana Sweetman in Aurora, Canada (Highland Sword Fighting Guild) earned the rank of Level 3 Mentor (Broadsword & Targe / Double-Weapons).

Dana not only worked through all required training material, but also created a set of lessons for the use of Double-Broadswords. His work is basing on the Broadsword fundamentals, Backsword and Dagger according to manuals like Donald McBane and James Miller and the general principles of double weapon fighting. He tested his lessons in several bouts versus other double weapons and also double Broadswords, so these are battle-tested. The concepts can be used with double swords of all kind, Backswords, Spadroons, Case of Falchions aka Hangers like the Stage-Gladiators did and so on.

With his contribution Dana offers the whole of the Cateran Society a new lesson series to work with and the Cateran Council decided, that these are officially part of our Level 3 Double Weapons in our Curriculum. So students can train these lessons in Level 3 for their certification.

Creating theses Lessons, Dana is also earning his 2nd degree Bard (Lore) in the Bardic Assembly.

You can see the first of the upcoming lessons already in the youtube channel of Dana´s training group:

Congratulations, Dana, well done.

Higher Way Podcast Part 1

Being invited to chat with Bob for his excellent podcast was a great honor for me. We had coffee and tea and shared some thoughts and experiences about swordsmanship and martial arts in general. Time was flying by too quickly, so stay tuned, because Part 2 is coming soon 🙂

New Level 1 Mentors at the BAM

The Broadsword Academy Manitoba is proud to announce three new Level 1 Mentors through the Cateran Society Program. Lisa, Cody Pierson and Nathan Thiessen are dedicated and hard working broadsword fencers who have earned instructor rank under Caterans Jay Maas, Jacques Labrie and Wyatt Campbell.

Congratulations to all of them 🙂

New Level 4 Mentor

We are happy and proud to announce, that Thomas L. Proctor, St.Louis, Missouri, USA is certified as Level IV mentor (MacGregor Method). Thomas worked dedicated thtough Level IV, concentrating on the use of the Dirk and Staff, successfully adopting his fighting fundamentals and skills on the two weapons according to the MacGregor Method. He worked dedicated under the guidance of his mentor Heiko Große and proofed his skills in certification bouts to achieve the next level.

Congratulations, good job!


Cateran Society Shirts


The Cateran Society is happy to announce, that official T-Shirts are available now. These are special shirts only for our certified Mentors and Caterans. The process of making Fan-shirts for everyone was unfortunately too complicated and too much work for keeping the Cateran Society non-profit as it always was.

If you are a certified Mentor or Cateran you can order the shirt above of your rank officially and wear it publically. This is not meant to be a “belt-system” or something, just a little something to reward yourself for achieving a certification.

The Mentor-Shirt is Cateran Society logo on the front and backprint Broadsword and Targe with lettering “MENTOR”.

The Cateran-Shirt is Cateran Society logo on the front and backprint with Broadsword and Targe and lettering “CATERAN”. On the right sleeve there is the St. Andrew´s Cross as a symbol for Scotland, crossed swords and also fullfilling the complete program.

Thanks a lot for the original logo design created by Dana of the Highland Sword Fighting Guild (Canada), which was the base for this shirt. Also thanks a lot to Owynn (Scotland) who created the shirt layout. Both are appointed to be 1st degree Bards in our Bardic Assembly (Art).

Go to the Merchandise section for details on how to order.

New mentor certifications

Congratulations to Shane Clune and R Young, both of whom have earned second-degree mentor certification in the Cateran System through the Minneapolis Amateur Swordfighting Association’s Broadsword Training Group!


Shane Clune is a worker, a labor leader, and a public servant. He started training in martial arts in 2008 in college, earning a black belt in Ed Parker’s American Kenpo by 2012. Part of earning a black belt required running classes at the local Karate studio. This was an opportunity to teach, coach, and learn from students of all levels of experience. This was also an opportunity to make the classic “beginning instructor” mistakes in an environment surrounded by peers and mentors. Shane moved to Minnesota in 2015 and came to the Minnesota Broadsword Academy looking to expand his martial arts training and deepen his understanding of the science and art of fighting and self-defense, and because swords are cool. In 2018, he joined the Minneapolis Amateur Swordfighting Association and took to his training with more discipline and regularity, earning his second-degree mentor certification under the instruction of Christopher Scott Thompson.

R Young is a Midwestern martial artist currently residing in Minneapolis, MN. They currently train with the Minneapolis Amateur Swordfighting Association (MASA) and the Cateran Society, where they began studying under Christopher Scott Thompson in 2017.

Congratulations, Gentlemen, well done!

New Mentor in Scotland

The Cateran Society is happy and proud to announce that Ben Hamilton (Scotland) earned his rank as 1st degree Mentor for Regimental Broadsword.


Ben started training with swords at the age of 12 under the instruction of men passionate about reviving Scottish history. From then on he tried to learn as much as he could about swordsmanship from Reenactment societies, modern Fencing, aiki/kenjutsu and stage combat for 6 years before finding exactly what he was looking for in HEMA 5 years ago.

Becoming a participant in our Online program, Ben already brought a lot of skills, experience and motivation with him into the training. He worked through all lessons very disciplined and moved forward quite fast, proofing his skillset, swift and sharp style in many free bouts, even faced other weapon types like the Longword with success (Video footage will come soon).

Ben´s mission is to improve the quality, awareness and accessibility of HEMA and Scottish fighting arts in Scotland and to take as many people with him on his journey. We are sure he will be very successfull with that and looking forward to see him working through the next levels of our program.

Ben is running the Saorsa Scottish Swordsmanship School in Glasgow, Scotland.

Congratulations, well done and well deserved!

New Bards announcement

The Bardic Assmbley recognizes bards of the Cateran Society and honors them for their contributions in lore, art, music, and/or language.

Lore means substantial research in the areas we study, such as publishing a book, writing articles, creating video lesson content or fulfilling the requirements of the Hoplology course.

Art incluedes things like a chapbook-length work of poetry, an artistic portfolio, a novel or short-story collection on Cateran-related themes.

Music means the demonstrated ability to play on a traditional Celtic instrument, sing Gaelic songs or some equivalent skill.

Language of course refers to demonstrated proficiency in Gaelic.


The Cateran Society is happy and proud to announce the following new 1st Degree Bards:

Jay Maas (Lore) contributed and still does a lot of very helpfull video lessons available not only for Cateran members, but the whole HEMA world. He worked out a complete video lesson interpretation of Captain G. Sinclair´s “Anti-Pugilism” (1790) next to many other videos.

Cornelius Stöhr (Music) started to learn the Bagpipe the same year he picked up the Broadsword to train at the BAG. Since then he not only became a good fencer, but also the official BAG Piper, proofing his skills in public regulary.

Tom Langhorne (Lore) is a Bushcraft expert and outdoor guide from Scotland, who started to research on the historical survival skills of the Highlanders several years ago. In his youtube-channel he presents his outdoor experiments and research with historical clothes, the Highland Dirk, firemaking, traditional cooking and other topics.

Edward Lindey (Music) recently started to train at the BAG and provides the Bardic Assembly with his skills playing traditional tunes on the feadog (penny whistle).

Congratulations to all four gentlemen 🙂




Cateran certification

We are happy and proud to announce, that Joshua Campbell hereby earns the rank of a Cateran. Joshua fullfilled all required levels and proofed with his dedication and hard work, that he has a deep understanding of our art and is fit for the rank of a full-instructor (Cateran).

Joshua worked through Level I and II with the Highland Broadsword, but also adopted the material, especially the Old Style, onto the Scottish Halflang Sword. He used the same weapon next to the Basket-Hilted Broadsword together with the Targe and Dirk during his study of Level III (Double-weapons). In Level IV Joshua used his favourite weapon, the Highland Twohander (Claidheamh dà làimh), but also worked with the Dirk in Highland Knife Fighting.

During his time working through the program, Joshua did a lot of bouts with all the level-weapons he used. He fought with other martial artists and versus various weapon styles, like Longsword, Sidesword, Rapier, Buckler, Targa, Sabre and Schiavona. He proofed that he is able to adopt his skills and fundamentals, when facing different styles and weapons.

Joshua was also a participant in the TV show “Forged in Fire – Knife or Death”, narrated by Jeff Goldberg, where he went through several cutting tests with his scottish halflang sword. He worked through the obstacle course very good, it was an excellent cutting performance and he reached the next round called Dead Run. There his performance was very impressive, but no spoilers here 😉 You can watch Joshua´s episode here.

Congratulations, Joshua, well done and well deserved.

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