The Order of the Boar

Historical Cavalry Re-enactment in New Zealand

Historical Sword Fighting

Order of the Boar Foot Combat Team

The Order of the Boar Foot Combat Team trains in the use of both medieval unarmed combat and medieval weapons in support of our equestrian activities.

Unlike the portrayal of medieval European swordsmanship in most modern films, medieval European swordsmanship was a sophisticated martial art in its own right and was just as evolved as any martial art in use anywhere else at the time. We study European medieval martial arts in order to portray them accurately at public displays as well as to allow our students to take part in actual historical sword fighting tournaments.

Training is run in association with the Upper Hutt Martial Arts Academy– a fully equipped and modern martial arts training facility in the Upper Hutt CBD.

The training teaches correct period techniques that are illustrated and described in surviving period manuscripts from the 13th and 14th centuries. We offer training in an original, well documented system of Medieval European called “Flos Duellatorum” written by the Italian sword master Fiore in the early 15th century. This material in this original and rare manuscript covers both unarmed and armed combat (using daggers, spears, long swords and poll ax) both on the ground and from horseback and provides an almost complete training system.

The long sword (a weapon that can be used either one handed or in both hands) is our weapon of choice and every student learns the basic elements of it’s use before moving on to specialise in other medieval weapons if they want to.

This includes the sword and buckler (small shield) as depicted in another original manuscript called the Tower Manuscript 1.33 (a German document dated c. 1300 which covers this type of fighting).

While the common weapons of 14th century and early 15th century dominates our training at the moment, we intend to introduce late 16th century sword training from 2011 as part of our expansion into this period as part of our Border Reivers portrayal.

Some training equipment such as a padded jacket, rigid hand protection and weaponry is required. These can be purchased at a discounted price from The Red Knight.

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Some Order of the Boar 'Knight School' students at Harcourt Park 2015

Training Location

Upper Hutt Martial Arts Academy, Unit 2, 18-22 Queen Street, Upper Hutt (access from Lyster Lane).

The premises provide over 330 m2 of area that consists of 200m2 training area with mats.

Training Times

Saturday 09.45 am - 11.00 am: Beginner/Intermediate Level Sword Fighting (all ages 12 and upwards)

Saturday 09.45 am - 10.45 am: Advanced Level Medieval Unarmed Combat   

Saturday 11.00 am - 12.00 pm: Advanced Sword Fighting  

We have broken the full (9.45 am to 12 pm) Order of the Boar class into 3 sessions because we realise that many people cannot commit to a full 2 hours of training on a Saturday morning and this also allows for different levels of students. We have a large facility so can run multiple classes at the same time.You can do one of the concurrent first 2 sessions and/or the advanced class depending on what best suits your schedule. For the purpose of membership fee calculations, whether you do one or two sessions, all count as being one class. 

Membership Fees

Fortnightly or Monthly via Automatic Payment, Internet Banking or Eftpos

  • Order of the Boar Foot Combat Team: $37.50 a fortnight or $75 a month

(Membership Fee also covers the use of basic protective equipment and training weapons)


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