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Who Are We?

The Ealdormere Academy of Defence was created by Royal Charter on 13 September, A.S. XXXII by TSH Edward and Rylyn.

The Academy is an organization for fencers in Ealdormere, based on the historic London Masters of Defence. Its purpose is to allow those who study the art of the rapier to have a set of long range goals. It has not been uncommon in recent times to see two or even three authorizations in one day by individuals. It is quite possible to attain authorization in all five weapons forms in a short period of time. It is hoped that this structure will encourage fencers to remain active and interested for long periods of time, as well as build awareness of fencing in Ealdormere.

Each rank of the Academy has a number of requirements for advancement to that rank. The requirements have been designed to help our fencers grow into active and vital citizens of Ealdormere. We hope to advocate periodicity and activity in areas of the SCA other than rapier play. Another goal is to encourage research and service for the continuing advancement of the rapier community in Ealdormere.

It may be noted that there is a requirement for a time period of one year between each rank. It is hoped that this will encourage fencers to become dedicated, regardless of their skill level. This Academy is not based on senior members voting for junior members to advance. The emphasis here is on self improvement, fostering interests beyond rapier play, dedication and fun.