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New Broadsword Video Series

The Broadsword Academy Manitoba and the Broadsword Academy Germany started two new video series recently.

Jay Maas will guide you through the Lessons of Thomas Page (1746):

And Heiko Große just started videos on the practical use of Broadsword and Targe according to Donald McBane (1728), Thomas Page (1746) and the Penicuik-Sketches (1745/46) and other sources:


New Cateran in Canada

The Cateran Council is happy to announce, that Jay Maas of the Broadsword Academy Manitoba is certified as Cateran. Jay is a dedicated student of the Highland Broadsword and other scottish weapons and very good instructor to the students of his group.

He showed his high technical level and deep understanding of our art in several sparring bouts with his students, but also befriended instructors from other schools. He fought not only with the Broadsword, but a wide range of weapons like the Dirk, Kopesh and others, as well as in unarmed Pugilism. He well deserved the position as Constable of the Galloglass recently. Here is one example of a very fine bout with Stoccata-instructor and Broadsword-veteran Paul Wagner (Australia):

Jay did a great job with his instructional video series, interpreting and teaching the Broadsword lessons of Captain G. Sinclair´s “Anti-Pugilism” (1790) and showed the deep historical insight needed as a Cateran in our art. Here you can see his complete instructional video series:

We are very proud of Jay and looking forward to see more of him in future. Well done, Jay, congratulations!

New Video section and Channel

The Cateran Council decided together with Cateran-founder Chris Thompson to restart on youtube with a new official video channel. This incluedes a new section on this blog page, which is “Instructional videos” (link see below).

In this section we will present to you our instructional videos from the official Cateran Society youtube-channel, but also from branch schools of our society. These are instructional videos for the Broadsword Academy Apprenticeship Program, full interpretations of historical manuals and also little training videos with helpfull adivces and detailed help on specific topics by all Caterans taking part.


BAG at ZornFest 2017

The Broadsword Academy Germany was invited to teach a class on Highland Broadsword and Highland Backhold Wrestling at the Summercamp of Zornhau e.V. in Ronneburg, near the castle of the same name. Zornhau is one of the oldest HEMA-clubs in Germany, real pioneers who focussing on medieval swordsmanship and weapons and wrestling. Due to they are the BAG´s neighbour club the pathes of our groups often crossed within the last years, holding a seminar on Highland Dirk, exchanging in sparring and with their several instructors. Zornhau and the BAG want to work together more in future.


The workshops was in two parts, first we did Backhold Wrestling Basics with several warm-up games and studied some techniques like the Backheel-technique, the hank and Buttock. After that we gave the Zornhau members a Best of Broadsword-workshop of another 1,5 hours to show them the wide range of Highland Swordsmanship.

It was an entertaining and great training day, thanks to all Zornhau instructors and participants.

The workshop ended with a Broadsword bout to show the audience how the concepts work in freeplay. Even the connection to Backhold Wrestling became obvious with a takedown at the end of the bout, a Backheel technique.

Highland Broadsword Crash-Course

Beginners who pick up the Broadsword and start their training often asked themselfs, where to start. Of course, the Broadsword-Lessons of the Cateran Society are always a good start. However for a basic understanding of the fundamental principles that all manuals share, this video crash course by our Level IV-Mentor Jay Maas (Broadsword Academy Manitoba, Canada), is a great start:

It is not only interesting for those starting in our Apprenticeship Program, but also for anyone generally interested in martial arts and history, who would like to know what Broadsword fencing is all about.

Summer-Seminars in Germany

The Broadsword Academy Germany was invited to various seminars this summer. At the Krav Maga Crosscamp in Günzburg (Bavaria) they held a class on the Highland Broadsword use. Thanks a lot to the Krav Maga Union and especially our friend Thorsten Schindler for the inviation. Thanks to all participants and instructors.

In Dietzenbach the BAG held a seminar on fighting with the Scottish Dirk. We were invited by Mark DeFazio, who is an instructor for Human Pankration and Jujutsu next to other martial arts. Mark was giving a seminar on Traditional Italian Knife Fighting and after that we introduced the participants to the Dirk. It was a very interesting and entertaining seminar day. Thanks a lot to Mark, the Asia Fitnesspark and all participants.

New Mentor in Canada

The Cateran Society is happy to announce that  Dana Sweetman (Aurora, Canada) earned his Level 1 certification. Dana is a dedicated student of the Highland Broadsword under the mentorship of Heiko Grosse since 2014.


Dana not only proofed his fighting skills and technical level in several bouts against other martial artists, he also runs a continuously growing Broadsword-class with dedication, helping his students to improve their skills more and more.


Besides the single sword, Dana already worked with Broadsword & Dagger, Broadsword & Targe and the scottish Clamshell-Greatsword too. Here you can see some of his work:

Congratulations, Dana, well done!

New Level 2 Mentor

Chris Dyer (USA) has earned the certification as a 2nd degree mentor. Chris proofed his technical level and skills in several certification bouts under the guidance of his mentor Heiko Grosse. Chris used the Highland Broadsword in old style against various armed opponents. Weapons he faced were the  Sabre, Rapier and Arming Sword. He has also established a regular Broadsword class in his own club, Reborn Fitness ( too. He will move on in the program with Level 3 (Broadsword and Targe, Double weapons).


Congratulations, Chris, good job.

New Level 2 mentor certification at the West Finland Broadsword Academy

We are pleased to share a new promotion for the West Finland Broadsword Academy:


Tero Ulvinen has earned his certification as a 2nd degree mentor. Tero is not only a dedicated student of the Highland Broadsword under the guidance of Timo Seppälä (Cateran and WFBA head-instructor), but also a very good mounted archer and swordsman. He also won the Hakkaa Päälle mounted broadsword tournament of the Equestrian Martial Arts Club in 2016.

Tero proofed his technical level and combative skills in several certification bouts under the guidance and supervision of Timo Seppälä (Cateran, WFBA head-instructor). Tero used different weapons including spear, sword and shield and Highland Broadsword against four opponents from the Viking Society Wolves of Faravid. He fought 12 bouts altogether, with the Broadsword alone in Old-Style Tero fought 4 bouts. The main certification bout of three minutes fighting time was with Juha Ojala.

Great job! Congratulations!

Highland Games in Neu-Isenburg (Germany)

The Broadsword Academy Germany visited the Highland Games in Germany again. The Games were started already in 1969 and had a long tradition in Neu-Isenburg until 2000. Fortunaley they are held every two years again since 2009.

The history of the german Highland Games started in 1957, when athlete Helmut Hubeier watched them in a cinema news clip. He was amazed and also his sportsmates were interested. So they got in contact with scottish athletes and five heavy athletes from Neu-Isenburg travelled to participate at Highland Games in Edinburgh in 1958. More visits in Scotland followed and the ahtletes participated successfully in many Highland Games until 1963. From this time the Scottish disciplines were trained on in the Club.

Here you see the particpants from Neu-Isenburg at the Highland Games in 1959 (Photo by


The BAG visited the Highland Games in Neu-Isenburg and Ruesselsheim already twice, showing Scottish Swordsmaship and informing the visitors about our training  and the martial history of Scotland. This year we had the chance to also show the audience some examples of Scottish backhold Wrestling. We had a great time there training, bouting and informing the visitors.

Here some videos of the event can be seen, more in our channel:

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