HEMA Beginner Course

What is HEMA

Since the middle ages fencing masters created complex systems of fighting that were practiced by knights, mercenaries and merchant patricians looking to defend themselves. All that is left of these rich fighting traditions are the books these fencing masters wrote. 

The Historical European Martial Arts community translates these texts interpret their understanding of the text, train and then gather at international competitions to put these interpretations against other fighters.

So if you want to learn how to fight like a medieval badass, this is it.

What you will Learn

Whatever weapon system of fencing master you wish to study our beginner course is focused on teaching you basic parries, attacks and counter attacks as well as the fitness and skills to perform them in sparring. Practice will include technical solo exercises as well as sparring and introductions to specific fencing masters. 

On successful completion of the course you will be ready to join our regular club trainings and have a foundation for your journey into historical fencing, whether your thing is research, competitive fencing or improving your fitness in a fun way.


The course includes

- 8 group trainings with professional instructors.

- Loaner sword gear

- Fitness training to improve your functional strength and mobility

- A certificate of recognistion on successful completion and access to our regular trainings.

Your Instructors

Jack Gassmann

Jack has been doing 15 years. He regularly competes internationally, most recently winning bronze at the European Games in Minsk.
He is also regularly invited to teach  workshops in the US and Europe and has coached multiple competitors to international levels. He also regularly speaks on medieval warfare at the International Medievalists Congress Leeds. 

Paul Reck

Besides his HEMA and unarmed martial arts experience, Paul Reck heads our stage and screen combat team with more than 20 years experience. Regularly choreographing for local productions and working on well known shows such as Game of Thrones and Vikings Valhalla.

He focuses on Meyers longsword as well as dussack and sword and buckler.

When and Where?

Classes start Friday July 29th at the Clonard Community Hall

19:30 - 21:00


- Light Athletic Wear        

- Some light Gloves           

- A Water Bottle.               

Book Now While Spaces Last!

8 sessions of our beginner course. Classes beginning 29th of July, 19:30 to 21:00 running until September 16th.


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