Competitions & Tournaments

Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, we have had to cancel all our outside venue tournaments for this year. We hope to be back on track next year.

Once we are back to normal life these will be our annual tournaments

East of England Backswording Championship Finals: Colchester, usually the first weekend in June. A closed event as the competitors will have been chosen through knockout rounds in their clubs.

The Jubilee Cup: An armoured/semi-armoured pool championship for sword & buckler and mixed weapons classes. It's period martial art at its finest. Running parallel with the EoE Backswording at Colchester Medieval Festival

It's a fun, period-clothing weekend and all club members and their families are welcome, whether fighting or supporting.

Dover's Hill Backswording Open Championship: usually the Friday of the first weekend in June, at Dover's Hill Olympick Games, Dover's Hill, Glos. Open to all ECBA member clubs.

The Letchworth Cup: Usually the last weekend in June; a well-attended open championship over one day (Sunday). Good for students new to competition to test their mettle. Pool rounds with a knockout final for the last eight. Fun day out. Location: An outside venue in Letchworth, Herts as part of the Letchworth Festival.

The Sandringham Cup: A backswording tournament played at the Sandringham Country Show over one weekend in early September. It is the national and international ECB final. Open to all qualifying ECBA members.

The Blackford Cup: An open ECBA tournament run by our associate club the Wessex School of Arms in Gloucestershire in June. Winners qualify for the ECBA finals in Sandringham.

Club-based competitions

We are unable to promote outside events for the foreseeable future, but I’ve had some keen higher grades volunteer to organise events and workshops once we are able to.

Therefore, the Academy will introduce


To be held in-class during normal times (although we might swing a weekend later)

The Aisle O’Var Cup

This is an ongoing backswording tournament, fought at various time within class, and run on a league system along the lines of the ladder system in golf or tennis clubs. Gamesters may fight during normal classes at the discretion of the Maister, and will need to challenge all club members. Students are not obliged to take part, but encouraged to have a go nonetheless. There are opportunities for non-gamesters to stickle. There will be a play-off for the top medals.

The Academy Shield

This is a knock-out mixed weapons tournament, along the lines of the Valour Cup fought at Colchester, fought in stages as part of regular Fight Nights. There will be pool stages, followed by a knock-out final.