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Scottish Highland broadsword techniques

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BANGOR, Maine — The Kishintaikan Dojo will host “Fighting with the Highland Broadsword” 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at 88 Central St.

The basket-hilted Highland Broadsword is a Scottish cut-and-thrust weapon in use from the late 16th to the late 19th centuries. The workshop will be taught by Christopher Scott Thompson, an historical swordsmanship instructor and author of several books on the Highland Broadsword, knife fighting, and martial culture. He is president of the Cateran Society and head instructor of the Broadsword Academy, which studies the use of the Highland Broadsword and other Scottish weapons.

Swordsmanship experience is not required for the workshop, which will include methods used by the Black Watch and other Highland Regiments in the British Army, older methods used by professional sword experts in the 18th century, and the sword and targe methods of the Highland clans.

The workshop will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., with a one-hour break at noon. Cost is $65 and includes use of practice swords for the day. Participants may bring their own practice swords, if they wish, and all should wear comfortable clothing, closed-toe shoes, and gloves. Preregistration is required by May 14. Space is limited. For more information and to register, call 207-991-7579,, or see the “Fighting with the Highland Broadsword” Event listing on Facebook @Kishintaikan Dojo.

Fighting with the Highland Broadsword is the third in a new series of one-day workshops at the Kishintaikan Dojo. Previous clinics focused on Kung Fu and Nicho-bo, or short staff. The next is scheduled for July; details will be forthcoming.

The Kishintaikan Dojo, a Kishintaikan International Academy, is a classical martial arts and healing arts center with classes in Okinawan Goju-ryu Karate-do and Kobudo, and the Brazilian art of Capoeira. Established in 1983 by Kancho Sensei Stephen A. Boardway, head of Kishintaikan International, the Kishintaikan Dojo is the oldest, continuously operating martial arts academy in Bangor.