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Official PR/news reports from the TLA Committee.

Consultation On Knife Crime: December 2017

This is a rather boring post (not much about actual sword related training or fun); however it is quite important. The UK government is consulting on the modification, and introduction of new legislation, for the existing offensive weapons laws. Consultation … Continue reading

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Double The Fun! TLA Now Open TWO Nights Per Week!

TLA are extremely happy to announce that we have been able to secure a second night for training, and allow a limited opening of membership to prospective new members. 🙂

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Keith Farrell visits TLA

If you’re reading this little article, it cannot have escaped your notice that the Taunton Longsword Association (TLA) has undergone a period of rapid growth over the last couple of years (thank you for your support). This growth has been part … Continue reading

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TLA members train in London

If you’re into HEMA and based in the UK it is almost impossible to have escaped your notice that weapons supremo David Rawlings of London Longsword Academy fame ( is the driving force behind the superb “2-Days of the Blade” … Continue reading

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TLA Visits Bath Spa(rring)

Terrible pun aside, 5 members of Taunton Longsword Association (TLA) made the short trip up the M5 and M4 to attend an informal, open sparring session hosted by Jake Virtus of the Virtus Sword School (Bath, Bradford-Upon-Avon, Cardiff, Newnham). Web: … Continue reading

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Neyman Fencing : official supplier to the TLA

The question of where to buy kit specifically for Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) has always been a bit tricky. In the ‘old days’ – as long ago as 2012 – the casual practitioner would have had to make do … Continue reading

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Local Club, National Affiliation, International Reach.

The “Taunton Longsword Association” (TLA), Taunton’s only historical European martial arts (HEMA) club and one of just four in Somerset, is celebrating being accepted into the nationally recognised organisation “Academy of Historical Arts” (AHA) based in Glasgow, Scotland.

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