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Longsword & Historical Fencing

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 arts setting.

Register for Longsword Practice!

Beginners with no previous experience, or those new to historical fencing can join our LEVEL 1 Class on Mondays from 7:00pm until 8:00pm. For those with 6 months or more of Longsword experience, Level 2 practice is Monday nights from 8:00-9:20pm. NOTE: Level 2 participants need at minimum their own HEMA mask and gloves to participate in the Level 2 classes.

How do I join the longsword program? We have 3 membership options available. If you are someone who is only interested in participating in our longsword class, then the Longsword & Historical class pass is where you should start. It is a class pass that has 8 class visits (Level 1 or Level 2) for $195. Academy members and High Performance members are able to take the longsword class which is included in their club membership.

Have questions? Reach out to Jeff@forgefencing.com if you need help getting started.


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.