HEMA Program



  1. Need to register on HEMA Alliance ($26/year): https://hemaa.tidyhq.com/public/membership_levels/YgTAVA
  2. Sign up for IFC HEMA Classes:
    – If you are not IFC member, please, click “JOIN” in menu and fill-up the registration form under “HEMA Study Group”
    – If you are IFC member please add the “HEMA Study Group Program” in your Basic Membership options.


–          Longsword (synthetic or metal). Club can provide a spare longsword.

Protection gear:

–          A pair of protective gloves (it can be lacrosse or ice hockey gloves)

–          Fencing mask. If you don’t have any, it can be provided by the club

–          Body protection gear (can be of lacrosse or ice hockey, but not required for beginning)


Price of HEMA Membership = $16 per month (< $4 per week), walk-in price = $5 per session

Bit of history:

–          Why do we know so much about Italian and German Fencing schools of medieval times but nothing about English and French? Because it was illegal to run a fencing school in the cities of England and France. However, Italian and German kingdoms had a rise of fencing master’s guilds and many nobles used to travel there to get an education.

–          European Martial Arts included a lot of wrestling with or without weapons.

–          Before learning Martial Arts, nobles were to learn languages, writing, arts, history, dancing, economics, and ethics. Also, they would exercise every day fully armored, train in archery and the care of horses.

–          There is no “correct” or “incorrect” historical fencing, there is only “what works best for you.”

What is HEMA?

Many people are surprised to learn that Europe had complex martial arts systems. Historical European martial arts (HEMA), also known as western martial arts (WMA), is the study and practice of Europe’s indigenous hand-to-hand combat. Historical fencing refers to that part of HEMA where the use of swords and longer weapons is taught.

Some of the European arts are continuous living traditions, while most have died as continuously-taught lineages (some evolved into sports, like modern boxing or sport fencing). Luckily, many of the old masters wrote detailed books about their fighting arts, and some of these have survived. We use these books and our experience as martial artists/fencers, with pressure-testing, to breathe life back into the old arts. The end results are martial arts systems that can stand up against any other.
HEMA is growing fast.

HEMA brings a lot to the world of martial arts and offers students a very broad range of weapons and styles that have distinct regional differences, from the Scandinavian/Viking Ulfberht sword, to the Spanish rapier, the French small sword, the German longsword, the Scottish backsword, and the English sabre.

Lessons structure:

–          Basic warm-up – 10 minutes

–          Game warm-ups – 10 minutes

–          Learning workout – 1 hour:

  • During workouts we will have 1 or 2 five-minute physical exercises (variety of sit-ups, planks, pushups etc.)

–          Drills or sparring – 20 minutes

–          Analyzing your training day (20 minutes):

  • Working on mistakes, sharing ideas, questions and answers etc.
  • What my “homework” should be in order to be ready for next lesson?

Ones every 3 month we going through tournaments rules:

  • Rules and equipment: which one to participate in?
  • How to prepare for specific tournaments?
  • “Contact” or “noncontact” sparring.
  • Drills based on HEMA rules.

After every 12 weeks we are making a video of what we’ve achieved:

  • Reenactment of the sword fight
  • Theatrical fencing vs movie scenes