West End Swords offers historical longsword for adults (ages 16+). Participants will learn basic longsword fighting techniques as documented in medieval treatises of Italian fencing masters from the 15th century. Participants will learn basic forms and guards, movements, cutting and thrusting attacks and defenses in this Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) course.
Beginners are welcome to register and join our classes any time. New students will work with a coach to learn about equipment, safety, rules, and a foundation for good technique. Once they are familiar with the basics they will integrated with the rest of the class, which is comprised of students with varying levels of experience and skill. Equipment will be provided, though returning students are encouraged to acquire their own gear.
Regular students (ie. returning participants) will continue to develop their skills and knowledge through group instruction, and private lessons within class time. Regular students are required to register for a Recreational Membership with the OFA. Please consult with coaches before purchasing equipment, to ensure it will meet our standards.
All participants must bring a pair of clean indoor gym shoes, wear long (athletic) pants, and are advised to bring a water bottle!