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Longsword Instructor Andre Orphanides

Looking for where to learn about that “Big Sword” and not those tiny Olympic-style weapons? It’s here! Check out the sword art of historic German longsword.

The longsword is a medieval, two-handed, double-edged weapon popular throughout much of Europe from the 1300s through the 1500s. During this time it served as a weapon of war, a self-defense weapon, and a means of settling disputes in judicial duels. Our study of longsword techniques is based on actual medieval and renaissance fencing manuals, with an eye towards understanding and applying the techniques in a martial setting.

Register for Longsword Practice!

Longsword is now a class option with the Olympic Fencing Academy. You can take Longsword on Thursday nights from 7:00-8:20pm. This is a month to month program where equipment is includes for both the Olympic program and Longsword program for up to two months. Joining our Academy program also gives you access to our Olympic Style fencing classes to help boost your fencing fundamentals and have FUN learning how wield a variety of different fencing weapons.

Signing up also provides you with a 30 minutes 1:1 Introduction lesson. Make sure you sign up with Dre or Jeff if you want your intro lesson to focus on Longsword. Cost is $165 a month and you can cancel at anytime.

Is longsword right for me?

In comparison to the Olympic weapons (foil, epee, and sabre), our study of longsword is more of a “complete” martial art: we’ll evaluate techniques based on their effectiveness in actual combat, integrate elements from grappling in our drills, and study other medieval weapons both on their own and as a complement to the longsword.

If you’re looking for a fencing experience that tries to capture “real” swordfighting, this is the weapon for you. No previous experience in fencing or martial arts is necessary! If you are already a fencer or martial artist, the skills you’ve developed will be a great complement to your study of longsword.

Longsword is appropriate for adults and teens ages 14 and up.

Safety information

Longsword is a martial art, and as with all martial arts there is a risk of injury. Safety is a collaborative effort; all participants in the longsword program must abide by the program’s Safety Policy.