Also known as HEMA, Historical European Martial Arts represents the contemporary reconstruction of the ancient European martial arts of the 14th and 15th centuries. Sourcing techniques from a wealth of ancient manuals and manuscripts, HEMA practitioners endeavor to learn and master the skills of fighting with a longsword, rapier, hand-to-hand wrestling, and more. As these techniques have their root in training for actual combat, the biomechanics employed are functionally dynamic and represent a fantastic application of the three-dimensional movement principles of the studio, all in a very fun and cooperative environment.
We are currently focusing on the ancient longsword fencing techniques of Germany. As the most popular discipline in HEMA, German Longsword hails from the tradition of Johannes Lichtenauer, a 14th century master sword instructor who documented his techniques in cryptic verse that would later be decoded and analyzed by future pupils. For our Wednesday class, we work on mastering those techniques through solo drills, partner drills, and optional open sparring for last 30 mins of class.