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KDF Broadstairs was born out of a desire to study medieval martial arts.  Yet there were no current groups in East Kent that offered any form of HEMA. Having started a traditional Japanese Martial Arts School, we found a location where we could practice so we moved our Tuesday night practice from Japanese to Medieval. are the only one in East Kent.

Archery Books

Interested in Medieval Archery and want to learn more? As well as coming to train with us, you can also find a large array of books on this important medieval weapon. Bowmen of England From the 12th to 15th centuries the longbow was the weapon that changed European history more than any other. In the…

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German Medieval Combat Books

If you are interested in building up your knowledge of the German Medieval Martial Arts tradition, these books are a great place to start to build your library. A lot of Medieval Combat training is reading… While there is no substitute for actual training, these books can help give you some context to the systems…

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Author Malcolm Atkin

I am currently reading a bunch of Malcolm Atkin books on the SOE, Section D and other secret organisations of WW2. I will have reviews coming shortly but wanted to share them all in one place as they are a great collection to have on this theme. Section D for Destruction When Neville Chamberlain made…

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Bartitsu Merchandise

We have launched a small range of Bartitsu related merchandise as a way to generate more club funds to help us add a permanent Bartitsu Class, when we can open again. Bartitsu is a rounded martial art – in fact you could say it was the first MMA. It consists of 4 main elements: Pugilism…

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Interview with Kang Mike

I recently found a traditional Pencak Silat teacher on my doorstep. Don’t you just love Facebook. Mike runs the West Kent Silat Padepokan which is a small private training facility in Kent. Mike has a lot of experience with traditional Pencak Silat and personally has been a great find at he is able to show…

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Interview with Tommy Moore

We had Tommy down in East Kent a while back now covering some of the fundamental component Arts of Bartitsu. I can’t shut the guys up that came to that seminar and Tommy will be back. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your martial arts background. Hello! My name’s Tommy Moore. I’m the…

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Interview with the Vice Chairman on HAMAA

I am researching some African Martial arts for potential workshops next year and felt it was about time we spoke to HAMAA. I asked the organisation to take part in our interview series. Here is what I asked Damon, the Vice Chairman… Tell us a little about yourself My name is Damon ‘Osa nKante’ Cunningham and…

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Interview with Faisal at Silver Sabres

We all love a good lightsaber. I managed to pin Faisal down for a chat about Silver Sabres, who they are and what they are doing. It truly is epic stuff. Mixing traditional martial arts with Sci-Fi… Tell us a little about yourself Lol, a little? Are you sure? Have you seen my vids, I…

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Interview with Bettina at BladenSwords

Tell us a little bit about yourself? I am an Artist and HEMA practitioner, living in Feldkirch and Graz (Austria). Since my childhood painting has always been part of my life. It was one of my favorite things to do, worked also as an escape from a quite hard reality and lead to a kind…

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Interview with Simon Hall

I have recently refallen back down a tabletop wargamming hole and was recently introduced to Simon Hall – creator of MeG amongst other things. While not quite on topic, I think this is an interesting interview…. Can you tell us a little about yourself and wargaming? My dad was in the RAF and interested in…

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5 Books to look out for from Pen and Sword Books

Here are 5 books on the coming soon section of the Pen and Sword Website I am looking forward to reading… Armies of Ancient Greece Circa 500 to 338 BC Conflict was rife among the Greeks of the Classical period, including some of the most famous wars and battles of the whole ancient period, such…

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Interview with Nick Toy

I have been working with Nick to create the East Kent Warbow Society which aims to provide Longbow and Warbow shoots in East Kent. I also built Nick’s new website – Classic Bowyer Tell people a little about yourself I am a bowyer with a life-times fascination with shooting sports, history, military history and the…

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Interview with Matt Bunker

I stumbled across Matt while researching Anglo Saxon swords and I was looking for a book on the subject. I found Anglo Saxon Books, and there I found Matt and Paul Mortimer’s Book, The Sword in Anglo-Saxon England – a massively weighty tome on all things sword in the Anglo Saxon world. It is a…

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Interview with Dr Simon Elliott

This time round I managed to pin down Dr Simon Elliott, who is best know for his work on the Roman military as well as work on Roman London and how the stone used came from the Medway. Which is where we used to live. In fact, we used to walk around the Battle of…

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Interview with Timothy Venning

This time around I chat with Dr Timothy Venning who has written a lot of books on alternative timelines and what would happen if key events went different ways. I guess these books would be great for wargammers. Tell us a little about yourself. I am a First Class Hons History graduate (Classical, Medieval and…

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Interview with Ilkka Syvänne

This time around I interview Ilkka Syvänne. Ilkka writes a lot around the Late Rome period and uses re-enactors in his books, which is a great thing. I have Ilkka’s first 2 Military History of Late Rome books and they are very well written and hugely detailed. Tell us a little about yourself. I am…

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Stuff we Like: Medieval Arrows

One thing we are starting up in East Kent once we are allowed out again is is a Warbow Shoot in Broadstairs. With this is mind, I thought it would be good to speak to some makers of all things medieval archery. This time round with I speak to Will Sherman… Tell people a little…

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Interview with Simon MacDowall

Here is author and wargammer Simon MacDowall. I do like it when I find authors that have similar interests. Just a shame, I can’t paint… Tell us a little about yourself. Although born in London, my parents emigrated to Canada when I was 10 and I grew up there. After graduating from Collège militaire royal…

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Interview with James Waterson

Continuing our Pen and Sword author interview series, here is James Waterson, who introduced me to the Ismaili Assassins. To be clear, in his book, not actually in real life although that would be have been epic. Tell us a little about yourself I am a graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies,…

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Interview with Jeremy Armstrong

With lockdown in place, I had some time to figure out what other content would be useful for site visitors. With my relationship with Pen and Sword Books as a reviewer, I suggested I could email interview a number of their authors. Here is the first, Jeremy Armstrong. Tell us a little about yourself. I…

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