Denver Class Descriptions

Longsword Program: Longsword is the first of Krieg School’s two core weapon programs. Students are required to participate in the Introduction course in order to participate in intermediate training sessions. Krieg School’s longsword program is focused on the German tradition of Johannes Lichtenauer. Below is a description of classes.


  • Introduction to Lichtenauer’s Longsword (Beginners only): A basic four week introduction to German longsword, where students will learn basic guards, cuts, and a foundation for studying in other classes. Required for participation in intermediate classes unless you have prior HEMA training. All equipment is provided for students.

Saturdays, 3:00-4:30 PM, with upcoming start dates of 9/2/17 and 10/7/17.

  • Longsword Fundamentals (Intermediate and above): A class focusing on core concepts of German longsword, with a focus on short lessons and coached sparring.

Mondays, 7:00-9:00 PM.

  • Longsword Basics & Drilling (Intermediate and above): A class focused heavily on drilling and high repetition of basic techniques and mechanics.

Alternating Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 PM

  • Longsword Curriculum Class (Intermediate and above): A class focused more directly on the source material from the manuals we study, with an emphasis on deeper concepts and manual interpretation.

Thursdays, 7:00-9:00 PM


Rapier Program: Rapier is the second of Krieg School’s core weapon programs. We focus on the study of early 16th century Italian manuals, in particular the works of Ridolfo Capoferro, Nicoletto Giganti, and Salvator Fabris.  Below is a description of our classes.


  • Introduction to Italian Rapier (Beginners Only): A four-week introductory course where students learn basic footwork, blade work, and other foundational skills for the study of Italian rapier.  Required for participation in intermediate classes unless you have prior HEMA experience. All equipment is provided for students.

Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 PM, with upcoming start dates of 9/6/17, 10/4/17, 11/1/17.

  • The Rapier of Nicoletto Giganti (Intermediate and above): An ongoing course where students will directly learn from Giganti’s 1606 work Venetian Rapier: The School, or Salle. 

Wednesdays: 8:30-10:00 PM.

  • The Rapier of Ridolfo Capoferro (Intermediate and above): An ongoing course focused on the work of Capoferro, where students will learn more advanced concepts from his manual.

Saturdays, 2:00-3:30 PM. Location: 8 Hands Martial Arts, 300 Nickel St. Suite #4, Broomfield, CO 80020

(Pricing for the rapier class is separate from the regular club program. Drop In Fee fee for current Krieg School students is $10/class; for members of the public is $15/class. Please bring cash to class with you.) 


Study Groups: Study groups are training sessions where instructors or senior students facilitate working directly through a manual or source material, rather than instructing students on source material we’ve already studied. Manual interpretation and direct study are something we believe not only beneficial to students, but tantamount to the core practice of what HEMA is, which is rekindling a lost tradition from written treatises. If you are a student interested in leading a study group, contact us here.   Below is a list of current study groups. 

Alternating Tuesdays 

8:30-10:00 PM: Single Sword Study Group (All Levels): A study group exploring use of single-handed cutting weapons, including dussack from Meyer’s 1570 Art of Combat, single stick, and Bolognese sidesword.

Alternating Tuesdays

7:00 PM-9:00 PM: Johannes Lekuchner’s Messer Study Group (All Levels): A study group focusing on Lekuchner’s 1482 messer manual. Rattan sticks for drilling are provided.



7:00-9:00 PM: Ringen Study Group (All Levels): A study group focused on the wrestling techniques of von Auerswald.

7:00-9:00 PM: The Longsword of Joachim Meyer Study Group (All Levels): A study group focused on the longsword techniques in Meyer’s 1568 and 1570 editions of The Art of Combat.



7:00-9:00 PM: Fiore Longsword Study Group (All levels): An ongoing study group exploring the Italian longsword tradition of Fiore de Liberi.