We Create Safe Spaces To Learn, Train, & Grow In The Art Of Swordplay

Everyone has their own path and goals for training in Historical Martial Arts, and there is often no ‘one size fits all’ solution to personal growth. Offering individualized training adjustments when appropriate or requested is essential to creating an open, welcoming space for all who wish to train and learn.

TSD does not allow discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, size, profession or nature of employment, or any basis of discrimination prohibited by law.

Code of Conduct

TSD does not tolerate bullying and/or harassment of any individuals or groups. Bullying is systematic and unwelcome behavior which involves the use of influence, threat, intimidation, or coercion to cause hurt or harm to another person or group of people. When the bullying behavior is based on a protected class that behavior can be defined as harassment.

All persons engaged in activities under the TSD banner are expected to follow these guidelines of behavior.

For Students


  • Be aware of your equipment and anything it might contact at all times.
  • Do not engage in any activity you are uncomfortable with.
  • Practice safe control of your calibration.
  • Check your gear frequently to make sure it is in good working condition.
  • Follow the instructions for drills and activities.


  • Communicate with your instructor/s.
  • Ask questions openly and honestly.
  • Make sure you address any accommodations you feel you need.
  • Notify them immediately if anything hurts.
  • Do not ‘fight through the pain’.

Kind & Respectful

  • Address instructors and other students politely.
  • Follow the drills as instructed.
  • Calibrate with your partners and do not over-hit for their comfort.
  • Own your behaviors and practices.
  • Return loaner gear in a condition appropriate to normal use.

For Instructors

Welcoming to Everyone

  • Encourage understanding and communication in participants.
  • Pain does not foster the most productive learning environment.
  • No one should be required to be “tough enough”.
  • Create and actively maintain an inclusive environment in representation of the school; in person, online, verbally, and in writing.

Honesty & Integrity

  • Be open with communication.
  • Listen and answer questions to the best of your ability.
  • No one is required to know all things, be honest in your instruction.


  • Emotional Safety is as important as Physical Safety.
  • Provide students with safe, effective training foundations, and encouragement to grow through their practice.
  • Proactively identify and eliminate unsafe elements in the environment. This includes people if they are unsafe in practice/application, hostile in interpersonal interactions, or if they jeopardize the safety of themselves or others.

Waiver of Liability

Tattershall School of Defense (TSD) acknowledges there are inherent risks to engaging in fencing and martial arts, and physical activities. By participating in any event sponsored or organized by the TSD, I agree to abide by the rules as published by the TSD. I understand and appreciate that participation in these activities carries a risk to me of serious injury, including permanent paralysis or death. I knowingly recognize, accept, and assume this risk and voluntarily release the TSD, their sponsors, event organizers, officials, affiliates, and participants from any liability.

Violations of policy in a TSD sponsored environment may be subject to sanctions, including: denial of attendance of events/classes, forfeiture of fees, revocation of membership status.