Medieval Combat, HEMA
HEMA stands for Historical European Martial Arts.
What do we teach?
We study the martial arts from Europe during the late 1300's-early middle ages through the 1900's. Our club primarily studies longsword in the Liechtenauer (German) tradition from the 13th to 16th centuries. We also study Fiore's dagger. Also, students in our advanced class study singlestick, sword and buckler, messer, and dussack on a rotating quarterly basis. Some members enjoy competitions organized all over the country and worldwide. Many of our students have competed in these for the challenge and enjoyment of traveling with others with similar interests. In April 2016, MSC HEMA hosted and organized our first regional HEMA Tournament, the Icebreaker Open.
How to start?
The Minnesota Sword Club offers beginner classes in longsword. Students must be 16 years of age or older to join classes for women and men. Bring your long athletic pants, running shoes and t-shirt plus a water bottle. We provide basic protection (masks, jackets, and gloves) and nylon longsword simulators for new students. Beginner training focuses on learning the basics of German longsword and ensures that all students can practice in a safe manner.
Once students progress to the advanced class, they also study messer, dussack, singlestick, and sword and buckler.
Click on this link for our schedule or here to register.
When to start?
HEMA classes are on Mondays 8 - 9:30 PM, Wednesdays 8 - 9:30 PM and Saturdays 8:30AM – 10AM.
New students must join during the first week of the month (beginner's schedule) so we can ensure knowledge of the necessary basics and safety rules.
Not convinced yet?
The HEMA alliance is the main supervising institution in the nation. Learn more about HEMA at www.hemaalliance.com.
The New York Times web site ran a feature on Medieval Combat. It is now on Youtube. You may see it at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zueF4Mu2uM
Above shows practice with single stick.
Instructor, Lisa Jenkins, is not competing without proper protection. She is demonstrating correct techniques. We have three HEMA coaches working during every class.