Class Description

We teach real historical techniques with modern safety.
Styles and intensity levels are offered for all abilities and interests.

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Summary of Classes 2020

Class Name Ages Sparring Weapons Equipment Provided Meeting Dates/Times
Medieval Swordfighting, Kids 5 - 12 Foam All Thursdays 6:15pm - 7:15pm
Medieval Swordfighting, All Abilities 13 - 99 Foam All Thursdays 6:45pm - 8:00pm
Medieval Swordfighting, Adults 15 - 99 Foam, Steel, Plastic All Required Fridays 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Historic Fencing: Pirates, Duelists, and Musketeers 8 - 99 Fencing, wood Basic Sundays 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Recreational Sport Fencing 10 - 99 Fencing Basic Sundays 1:30pm - 3:00pm
* Classes are not held on a regular schedule. See Parks & Rec listing for specific dates.

Medieval Swordfighting, Kids & All Abilities

Learn to fight like a knight in a safe, supportive, and fun atmosphere!

Safety is our first concern. Students use foam safety weapons (provided) for most drills. For contact drills and sparring, safety masks (also provided) are worn. All aspects of the class are overseen by experienced instructors, and there are additional safety protocols in place for sparring.

Control is a key safety concept and expectation. It applies to movement of body as well as the weapon, with a particular emphasis on proper footwork. Foot control is extremely important to prevent falls. Weapon control - even though we use foam weapons - also improves safety. In the context of this class, it reduces the sting of hits, but more importantly it mitigates the severity of hand-on-hand impacts. It also sets our students up for success should they want to continue on to our more advanced classes. Those classes, which use wood, plastic, and/or steel weapons, have the same expectation of weapon control, but require demonstrated proficiency in order to spar.

A typical class consists of theory, skill practice, drills, and then sparring. Sparring is usually one-on-one, but we also do team-on-team combat and games.

We focus on a different weapon or style for about 3 months at a time. Weapons studied are:

Single-handed Sword

Two-handed Sword

Sword and Shield

Sword and Buckler




Unarmed vs. Armed

The contents of our classes come from a variety of sources, with a particular focus on primary historical sources such as the medieval fight-books of Fiore dei Liberi, George Silver, Hans Talhoffer, and MS I.33 (aka "The Tower Manuscript").

A student who has completed all of the above weapon curriculums, then gets to begin an independent study as a Knight Errant. Completion of the independent study is awarded with knighthood and the title of Sir or Dame within our organization.

After achieving knighthood, students are challenged with even more advanced styles & theory, assisting with teaching, independent research, and refinement of techniques.

Medieval Swordfighting, Intermediate

Learn medieval weapons in a fun, supportive, and challenging atmosphere.

Classes will include use of synthetic swords for techniques, drills, safety training, and theory.

Sparing will be done with padded safety swords and head protection.

Weapons include Arming Sword, 2-Handed Sword, Staff, Sword-and-Shield, Pike, Dagger, and various Off-Hand weapons.

Equipment is available to rent (supply fee), but purchase is encouraged for long term students.

This is a more intensive version of the Medieval Swordfighting class. Mature students of all skill levels are welcome.

Medieval Swordfighting, Intensive 1

This class is for experienced students of historical European martial arts who wish to continue their study in an inclusive, collegial, low-impact, and safety-focused environment. Objectives of training include improving technique, speed, stamina, safety, and control, in preparation for demonstrations at events.

Students focusing on historical combat utilize polymer (plastic) or steel weapons with appropriate protection (which can be historically accurate armor).

Class consists of instruction/discussion, conditioning, drills, and practice bouts.

Pre-Requisites: Historical martial art experience and instructor approval.

Sharp and projectile weapons are strictly not allowed.

Medieval Swordfighting, Intensive 2

This intensive class is both for experienced students of historical European martial arts and for those who are looking to fast-track into armored Medieval weapons training. While authentic techniques will be taught and practiced, all strikes are 'pulled'; never full-contact. Objectives include conditioning, technique, speed, safety, and control. This can be preparation for demonstrations and educational programs.

Some loaner equipment is available, but students will need to purchase their own complete kit in order to participate in sparring. Instructors will happily advise on the options available.

Weather & other events permitting, we practice on the field which is to the right of the Hunt Center, and down the hill. Otherwise, we practice in one of the classrooms inside the Hunt Center.

Recreational Sport Fencing

Students learn the basics of modern sport fencing and participate in friendly bouts. For new students, emphasis is on learning the skills needed to compete safely and successfully - rules, footwork, attacks, and defenses - so that they may participate in bouts as quickly as possible.

Experienced fencers welcome too!

All three sport fencing weapons (foil, epee, and saber) are used, with instruction generally focusing on one at a time.

Class consists of warmups, instruction, and drills, followed by bouts.

Historic Fencing: Pirates, Duelists, and Musketeers

Do you imagine yourself as a pirate, musketeer, or even Inigo Montoya? Does the phrase "Naturally, you must suspect me to attack with Capo Ferro?" mean anything to you? Then perhaps you have the desire to learn historic fencing. Using modern fencing weapons, you will learn to fight in the styles of rapier, cutlass, small sword, and military sabre. Then, fight instructors and fellow students in friendly bouts!

Instruction is based upon historical information and the sword instruction manuals of the Renaissance, Enlightenment, British army, and the US and British navies. For safety, modern fencing equipment is utilized.

Class consists of warmups, instruction, and drills, followed by bouts.