If you type ‘Medieval sword fighting classes near me’ into a search engine then you’re probably interested in studying Historical European martial arts. Also known by the abbreviation of HEMA, this is a growing sport and hobby where people fight with swords based on studying historical sources about how people used swords and other kinds of weapons hundreds of years ago.
There are many clubs that teach HEMA which offer classes where students can learn how to sword fight, although sometimes it can be difficult to locate them. While there are many schools who have good websites and list themselves in local business directories such as Yelp, not every school does this. There are numerous HEMA clubs that can only be discovered by finding their Facebook page, which usually means they spread by word of mouth. You may occasionally find Historical European martial art schools listed on some websites in a directory, although it is often the case these directories may have many outdated listings.
Here at Historical European Martial Arts Resources we’ve taken the time to create our own HEMA club locator directory, which currently has over 312 schools around the world. Having said this we don’t have every club in the world listed in our finder yet, although we add new clubs every week as we come across them or people submit their information for inclusion in our HEMA club locator.
If you’re aware of a school that teaches medieval sword fighting classes be sure to let us know about it so we can add it to our directory.
Learning medieval sword fighting online
Another option for learning medieval sword fighting is via distance learning courses provided by schools such as Academie Duello, one of the largest historical swordsmanship schools in North America. By signing up to the Duello TV program you can gain access to daily at home practice drills, expert training advice and live video seminars.
Things to know about learning medieval sword fighting.
Not every HEMA club teaches medieval sword based martial arts. While studying long sword is very popular in the Historical European fencing community, there are clubs that do not teach it. Instead these clubs focus on other kinds of traditions, such as saber fencing or rapier play work. Although it should also be understood many clubs that do teach long sword also teach other weapons such as rapier and messer, and such. Some even teach grappling with daggers, something that is often not focused on in modern combat sport martial arts but can still be very relevant even in today’s world.
When we built our club locator we made a filtering option so that you can search for clubs based on the type of weapon these clubs teach, to make it easier to find clubs that do the kind of sword fighting you are interested in learning. We also have sub-categories such as ‘Italian longsword’ or ‘French rapier’ to make it easier to focus on the specific kinds of traditions a club teaches that is nearest to you.
If you are unsure what the difference between something like ‘German’ or ‘Italian’ style of longsword is, don’t worry; we have some sections of our website that specialize in giving you an over-view of what these differences are. Check our Guides for Newcomers to HEMA section for a full list of these articles that will help you learn about this kind of thing.
You can also talk to other people about learning medieval sword fighting on our official HEMAR forums, click here to visit it.
If you’d like to learn more information about historical fencing practices please check out our Learn HEMA page for a guide to learning about the historical weapon that interests you. You can also find more guides we’ve written about other topics at our Helpful Guides page. You can also join the conversation at our forums or our Facebook Group community.