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.