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Joint Health Seminar with Keith Farrell and Michael Aiken

The Academy of Historical Arts will host an afternoon seminar on joint health, combining two approaches: identification of proper fencing mechanics, taught by Keith Farrell, and osteopathic and biomechanical advice for looking after your joints, presented by Michael Aiken of the Glasgow Osteopathic Centre. The overall goal of the event is to heighten your awareness of the importance of your joints and how you can look after them both inside and outside the fencing salle.

On the Sunday, we will follow this with three hours of archery - an ideal opportunity to brush up on your skills, or to learn how to use a bow.

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Attendance fee: £15 for Saturday, £10 for Sunday. You will receive an invoice by email shortly after booking your attendance, but probably no earlier than the 1st of January.

Monies raised from attendance at this event will go towards outfitting The Vanguard Centre with further equipment, to make it a more useful training centre.


The venue is going to be The Vanguard Centre, just next to the Bridge Street subway station. There is some parking space nearby, although it is pay-and-display from 8am-6pm on Saturdays. There are plenty of buses running nearby, and it is about 10 minute's walk from Central Station.

The address is 63 Commerce Street, Glasgow, G5 8AD. Here it is on a map, with walking directions from Glasgow Central: https://goo.gl/maps/XD68g


Keith Farrell is one of the senior instructors for the Academy of Historical Arts, based in Scotland. He teaches HEMA professionally, often at international events, and has an interest in coaching instructors to become better teachers. He has authored Scottish Broadsword and British Singlestick and the AHA German Longsword Study Guide, and is one of the regular contributors to the Encased in Steel online blog. He has been a member of HEMAC since 2011, and was awarded a HEMA Scholar Award for Best Instructor for research published in 2013.

Mike started working at the Glasgow Osteopathic Centre in 1997 and, apart from a year working in New Zealand, has worked there ever since. He has a particular interest in treating sports injuries and has been privileged to work with a number of top level rugby players, including a number of the All Blacks. He first became interested in Osteopathy when his dad damaged his back badly and was off work for over a year. Having always been fit and active, his dad found this very frustrating as well as severely painful. He went back and forth to various people over this time and finally when, two people independently suggested he see a local Osteopath, he thought he might as well 'give it a go'. After a few sessions his dad started to notice some signs of improvement and steadily got better to a point where he was not only able to return to work but still swims, plays badminton and 5-a-side. Ever since, Mike has been fascinated by the way the body works - or sometimes doesn't!.

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.