Frequently Asked Questions

What is Hema?

HEMA stands for Historical European Martial Arts, and is an umbrella term for any system of martial arts that was developed and used in Europe at some point in history. This means anything from dagger to polearm, from the 14th century to the 19th, can be classified as HEMA.

Why don't you teach my favorite weapon?

Right now, our club's main focus is on longsword. It is the most popular weapon in the HEMA community by a wide margin, which means there is a wealth of resources to help teach and practice it.

However, that doesn't mean that we aren’t interested in other weapons, or wouldn't practice with them when given the opportunity. Let us know what you're interested in, and chances are we'll know someone you can fight with.

What do i need to bring to class?

Wear clothes you can comfortably move in and bring water. We can provide the swords and safety equipment.

Do you teach children or minors?

Unfortunately, for insurance reasons, we do not offer children's classes, and anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian. This is not likely to change any time soon.