Uniform

In keeping with the traditions of martial arts, the Black Boar expects all its students to understand and keep to a general uniform code. In part this is down to tradition, in part to create a mindset of the school being apart from the outside world, but also because these are practical clothes for engaging in swordplay. Thus we expect that after a week or two students will keep to the general uniform standards. We do not insist on any supplier and most of these items can be purchased cheaply from any number of discount sports shops or large supermarkets.

Students

  • Sensible trainers for engaging in an active pastime. (We tend to favour a light shoe with a fairly flat sole and good grip.)
  • Black tracksuit bottoms or trousers OR knee length fencing breeches in Black with White or Black Socks
  • A predominantly white t-shirt or top. This need not be the club top, but should be plain and without slogans. No football tops please.
  • When required, a white fencing jacket or padded jacket.

Provosts

  • Sensible trainers for engaging in an active pastime.
  • Black tracksuit bottoms or trousers OR knee length fencing breeches in Black with Blue Socks,
  • A predominantly blue t-shirt or top.
  • When required, a white fencing jacket or padded jacket, worn with a blue sash, or a Blue fencing jacket.

Instructor

The school instructor shall wear a black jacket and a black training top with black breeches and blue socks.

A note on black tops or jackets

For at least two centuries and probably more, the wearing of a black jacket has been an indicator of one's status as an instructor within European Swordsmanship, with white indicating a student. Whilst this tradition is not followed by every school, it is one the Black Boar shall be adopting, with the addition of blue for provosts. You don't have to buy the club top, although it is pretty cool, a simple white t-shirt can be bought for a few pounds in a discount sports shop or large supermarket.

Unfortunately certain items that prove very useful for historical swordsmanship simply cannot be bought other than in black for a reasonable price, a good example being some of the padded body protectors that Leon Paul sell. Until such time as reasonable alternatives are available the usual requirements for white are excused for such items.

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