What We're About
Currently under construction- please pardon our dust as we get set up
If you are at all interested in European Martial Arts of any type then look no further, we will be learning the Italian Longsword of Fiore and Vadi of the 15th Century; as translated and taught by Guy Windsor from the School of European Swordsmanship. We will also be working on Sword and Buckler technique as shown in the Royal Armories Manuscript I.33.
We have a few practice swords, which will allow people who are not entirely sure they wish to fully commit to HEMA practice to give it a try without dropping a lot of money. We can also help people find good places and good deals to buy gear and weapons.
To ensure a safe environment for our practice- if you intend to do any sort of freeplay or partner work- please have already purchased at least a fencing mask, a cup(if male) and a pair of gloves or gauntlets. We intend to be fully focused on proper form, proper technique, and safety, so if you are looking for a place to simply swing a sword as hard as you can at somebody, then this is not the place for you.
Sadly this next section also must be discussed due to the nature of a few despicable people around the world who have decided to use HEMA as a white and European supremacy tool. This groups vision is to stand in exact opposition to this sort of belief. All are welcome now and forever, so long as you do not discriminate against others based on their genetic or cultural heritage. We have a 100% zero tolerance policy for any bigotry or discriminatory behavior. On that note, if anybody interested in this group holds any of those ideas, please look elsewhere.
Guy Windsor puts it far more eloquently than I can here: https://www.google.com/amp/s/guywindsor.net/blog/2017/12/nofascistsinhma/amp/
While he says he will rebrand to HMA and I think this is fine, I am less willing to give ground and will continue to call this group HEMA and make sure to be very clear we mean HEMA for all.
There has always been a small pocket of fencers that feel the modern art of sports fencing is simply too controlled, and too far away from a swords’ intended purpose, but for a long time had nowhere else to go. Amazingly, in the last 100 years or so, original fencing treatise have been found in private collections, in WW2 soldier’s bags, and in old monasteries that detail the real, historical way to wield swords and other weapons of European heritage. These incredible discoveries have opened up an entirely new form of fencing styles known as Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA).