Discover the lost martial traditions of Renaissance Europe.

Krieg School of Historical Fencing is a national group of clubs dedicated to the study of HEMA (historical European martial arts). We study the martial arts described by the masters of Renaissance Europe, focusing on German longsword and Italian rapier.

Our motto is Artem per certamen monstrans or, “Showing art through combat.” Our emphasis is performance under actual bouting and sparring conditions as the highest expression of the art and the truest test of skill.

We have introductory courses beginning this month. Click here to learn more. 

What is HEMA?

Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) is a movement focused on resurrecting the martial traditions described by medieval and Renaissance fencing masters.

By studying and interpreting historical manuals, we seek to recreate these fighting arts as they were practiced.

Our club primarily focuses on the 15th century German longsword tradition of Johannes Lichtenauer (Kunst des Fechten) and the 16th century Italian rapier traditions of Ridolfo Capoferro, Nicoletto Giganti, and Salvator Fabris.

We test our interpretations through regular practice, study of the manuals, non-cooperative sparring, and competition.

Are you interested?

Register for an intro class or visit us during open house fight night.

The Club

The club is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Denver, close to I-25 and I-70.

Our address is 1050 Bannock St. Denver, CO 80204.

See our class schedule page for our up-to-date hours.

Our Instructors

Since Krieg School opened in 2009, our instructors have been studying, teaching, and competing in HEMA competitions around the world. View a current list of instructors below. You can view our instructors’ tournament records at the Club Achievements page.

Ben Floyd is Krieg School Denver’s current head instructor. He teaches German longsword and dussack. He started in HEMA in 2007, taking over as instructor in 2009. He’s competed in HEMA tournaments all over the world over the last seven years, brining home top 3 medals from several major tournaments, and is currently in the U.S. ranked 13th for open longsword, 3rd for rapier and dagger, and 5th for sword & buckler.

Tom Matthews began studying fencing in 1987, and has studied Italian rapier since the early 2000’s. His focus is primarily on Ridolfo Capoferro’s 1610 manual. He is currently ranked 8th in the U.S. for rapier and dagger, and recently has won silver and gold medals for rapier at RMK 2016 and 2017. He also runs the Adventure Education Company, a sword-fighting summer camp for children, in Boulder, CO.

Tim Davis has been studying Italian rapier since 2013 and German longsword since 2015 when he joined the club. He currently teaches intermediate rapier, and has recently won silver for open longsword at RMK 2017 and silver and bronze in rapier at RMK 2016 and 2017. He’s currently ranked 5th in the U.S. for rapier and dagger. His current interest is the study of older source Lichtenauer longsword.

Meg Floyd has been studying HEMA since 2007 and competing since 2011. Her primary background is in German longsword, and her current focus is the Italian rapier tradition of Salvator Fabris. She currently teaches longsword and beginners’ rapier, as well as hosting and promoting HEMA events all over the world. Her most recent wins include silver in women’s longsword at CombatCon 2015 and top 6 in single rapier at RMK 2017. 

Cody Fox has been studying German longsword and wrestling (ringen) since he joined the club in 2015. He currently teaches German longsword and runs the Ringen Study Group, as well as teaching gun and knife combative classes. He recently won gold in the RMK 2017 ringen middle weight division.





Interested in HEMA? Try a four-week introductory course. 

All equipment for students is provided. All you need is to show up wearing comfortable, athletic clothes.

Longsword Introductory Classes start on the following dates: 11/6/17, 11/20/17, 11/27/17, 1/1/18

Rapier Introductory Classes start on the following dates: 11/1/17, 12/6/17, 1/3/18

Register here.


Current Class Schedule


Monday 6:00-7:30 PM: Introduction to Longsword

7:30-9:30 PM: Longsword Fundamentals

Tuesday 7:00-8:30 PM: Intermediate Longsword

8:30-10:00 PM: Single-Handed Sword Study Group (Messer or Dussack)


7:00-8:30 PM: Introduction to Rapier

8:30-10:00 PM: Intermediate Rapier

Thursday 7:00-9:00 PM: Intermediate Longsword

9:00-10:00 PM: Open Sparring

Friday 7:00-9:00 PM: Ringen Study Group
Saturday 2:00-3:30 PM: Intermediate Rapier (Held at 8 Hands Martial Arts, 300 Nickel St #4, Broomfield, CO 80020).
Sunday 7:00-9:00 PM: Fiore Italian Longsword Study Group

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