The Longsword Program studies the fight manuals of Johannes Lichtenauer, a 15th century fight master. Classes are organized by experience level, and feature a variety of sparring games and drills as well as reading and interpretation of the sources to help students understand tactical concepts. The classes begin with a conditioning session that targets footwork agility, wrestling mechanics, or circuit strength training, depending on the rotation. Members must complete an introductory session before joining regular classes.
The Broadsword Program studies 18th and 19th century English language sources for Highland Broadsword, Military Sabre and Smallsword. This class meets twice a week as well as frequent Open Floor opportunities. Open floor time provides the opportunity to explore related aspects such as Broadsword & Dagger or Broadsword & Buckler. This class also includes test cutting. Students must complete the Broadsword Intro to join the regular classes.
Youth Historical Fencing
This program is for ages 11-15. This program introduces students to the single-handed sword based military training in the sabre. No prior experience is needed. All gear is provided including protective gear and foam practice swords.
Cutting & Sparring Practice
Students of all adult programs are invited to monthly cutting and sparring practice. For the cutting practice, students spend the evening practicing cutting techniques with sharp swords against targets and receive individual coaching and feedback from instructors. For sparring practice, students spend the evening doing free play in full combat gear. This practice is a good way for students to receive practical feedback on techniques learned in class against uncooperative opponents. These practices are open to anyone who has completed an introductory session.
Newcomers to HEMA start with one of our introductory sessions in our German Longsword or Highland Broadsword programs. These sessions are five weeks long and meet twice a week. We provide all the gear, all you need to bring are indoor-only shoes and a water bottle. Please contact us for registration details.