The Center for Blade Arts maintains the largest Historical European Martial Arts class and community in the Midwest.
Medieval Combat - Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA):
This is a class which studies swordsmanship from around the 1400s, emphasizing the German school of fighting. The main focus is on the Lichtenauer tradition. All students start out learning German longsword. You must be 16 or older to enroll in HEMA classes.
Beginner HEMA Class:
This class is devoted to giving students a strong foundation in the basics. Students practice the foundations of footwork, striking, distance, body mechanics, drilling, and sparring games. Beginners must successfully pass a test to move into the intermediate level. Beginner students study German Longsword and Fiore's Dagger.
Students in the intermediate class learn more advanced concepts like fuehlen, (feeling of the blade), and spend more time in bouting games. Intermediate students study German Longsword. Students in the intermediate class must successfully pass a test to move into the Advanced Class.
Students in the Advanced Class learn to refine and apply the basic concepts at a high level of training. Students in the Advanced Class study German Longsword and Fiore's Dagger. Students who progress to the Advanced Class also study Singlestick, Messer, Dussack, and Sword and Buckler on a rotating basis.
Women's Longsword Class:
The Women's Longsword Class is mixed-level longsword class for women. The class includes longsword material and conditioning. Women are encouraged to also join the general Longsword Class.
High Repetition Class:
The high reps class is designed to get students the number of reps needed to automate moves successfully.
Beginner, intermediate, and advanced HEMA classes contain conditioning, as strength is a necessary skill for maintaining relaxation and control in challenging situations.
Video on HEMA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zueF4Mu2uM