Ahem, well that escalated quickly!

Less than 48 hours after the initial post, we’ve got over 6000 Facebook impressions of the poster, 48 shares, and a load of enquiries. Not that we’re complaining of course, just surprised that there are so many people out there in our community seemingly just waiting for an opportunity like this (and I’m also a little embarrassed that this blog post wasn’t published sooner)! Continue reading

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Service update: email

Email: we seem to have experienced an email outage from the 2nd March until now so apologies if you’ve contacted us and not received a reply. Expect one shortly as I work through them all. 

Kieran (Secretary)

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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 of a strategy of planned growth and improvement of the club with various members travelling to seminars and even competition(s).

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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” event recently run in the Crystal Palace area of the capital.


Imagine, if you can contain your excitement, two days of training in multiple weapon disciplines by some of Europe’s most accomplished coaches. It was too good an opportunity to miss and so after the first set of tickets sold out rapidly; Mark, Kieran, and Neil were determined to get the second batch (of course we did).

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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).

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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 with a combination of standard saber/epee/foil fencing gear, re-enactment gambeson and motor cross armour. 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. Continue reading

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