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Rapier for Beginners

Come and learn how to fight with single rapier in the robust Venetian style of Nicoletto Giganti.

This 5 hour workshop set in the gorgeous University of Glasgow cloisters is bound to set you on your path to becoming a true rapier fighter.

This is a beginner friendly event, but even if you have some experience with the rapier you are bound to learn something new or work on your basics. Wear athletic clothing and preferably a long-sleeved garment (a hoody is fine). There will be a few small breaks through the workshop and a 1 hour break for lunch.

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Reinis has trained in Kendo and Olympic Fencing, but once he found HEMA in 2010 he knew that it was the martial art for him. He is a competent tournament fighter having won medals in several events of national and international scale.

His main areas of study are the swordsmanship of the 18th and 19th centuries, sabre broadsword/backsword and smallsword. His secondary field of interest is 17th century single rapier from masters such as Girard Thibault and Nicoletto Giganti. Reinis also enjoys some of the more unorthodox longsword styles (such as Vadi and interpretations of Thibault), Victorian and Edwardian walking stick combat, WWII combatives.

Cancellations & Refunds

In 2014, the Distance Selling Regulations for the UK were replaced with the Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013. As this event is a leisure event with a defined date, it is exempt from requirements to provide the right to cancel once a booking has been made (CCR Part 3, Section 28, 1(h)). However, as a show of good faith, we will continue to offer our old cancellation policy, which is described below.

If you wish to cancel your booking and receive a refund, please make sure you read the following steps and understand the process.

1. If you wish to cancel your booking, you must notify us by email before the event takes place.

2. You can request a cancellation of your booking and a full refund of your payment for any reason at any time within 7 days of receipt of the email confirming your booking.

3. Upon receipt of your email requesting a cancellation and refund, if it is sent within 7 days of placing your booking, we will give you a full refund of the amount paid or an exchange credit as required.

4. You must contact us in writing via a reasonably permanent medium (i.e. paper or email, not Facebook) to request a cancellation and refund. Failure to do so may result in your refund being withheld.

5. If you have a problem with part of the booking arrangements, please contact us in the first instance. Often disputes can be worked out and a mutually beneficial agreement reached by simply providing this courtesy.

The provisions of these clauses do not affect your statutory rights.

Please also note the following points:

A) If you register to attend the event, then for whatever reason do not actually attend the event, then we will be unable to provide a refund if you have not gone through the cancellation process described above.

B) If you register to attend the event, but do not cancel within 7 days of placing the booking, then we will be unable to provide a refund.

C) If you register to attend the event, then wish to cancel your booking more than 7 days later, we will be unable to provide a refund (as per note B), but we may be able to provide your attendance slot to another person at no additional cost if you contact us at least 14 days before the event to request the change of name. Once there are fewer than 14 days remaining until the event, we are unable to accept any changes to our list of participants.

D) If the event organisers remove and bar you from the event for whatever reason, then there will be no refund of your attendance fee.

E) If you do cancel your booking within 7 days and receive a full refund of your payment, then that is the end of the transaction. We will not refund anything you have paid out with regard to hotels, flights or other arrangements; you will need to take up the matter with the appropriate organisations and go through their cancellation processes.

F) We reserve the right to change this policy at any time.