Fencing in the SCA is a wide field that ranges from fighting with foils in a quasi historical venue in costuming to the pratice of historical technique using reasonable approximations of the types of weapons used at the time.  The purpose of this page is to give you links to pertinent information that you may use for a specific style of historical combat called sidesword.  Sidesword combat (also known as edge-sword) predates rapier combat and is a more appropriate fighting style for rapier fencers in the SCA as the sidesword was used from the beginning of the 16th C till almost its close and the rapier combat as done in the SCA is primarily a 17th C. style of combat.  You may look through the following information to help you in your study of the sidesword combat style.