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History comes alive

Deeply rooted in myth and legend, the sword held a very real position in medieval society. Studying the "art of combat" was considered a valiant endeavor.

Now you can experience the legacy first hand!

Historical European Martial Arts, or Hema, is the study of historical fighting systems and styles associated with the European continent.

With Gemac, you can study the art and history of European swordsmanship!

About us

Gemac is a coöperative of clubs and teachers brought together by a passion for historical martial arts and fencing.


We host weekly classes, workshops, and special events throughout the year.


Our community is committed to creating an educational, safe, and inclusive environment for all students. Gemac is a HEMA Alliance Affiliate.

Classes we offer

We are not currently meeting in-person due to Covid-19. We are holding virtual classes which are streamed live on Tuesdays and Fridays. Recordings can be viewed on our media page.

Longsword

The European two-handed sword, or “longsword”, was a staple of Medieval fencing culture as early as the 14th century.
Today, the longsword is one of Hema's most popular choices for fencing competition.
We offer classes in both the German and Italian traditions.

Langes Messer

Langes Messer was the Medieval equivalent of a machete: a one-handed, single-edged knife-like blade, with a three-point crossguard.

Also known as Bauernwehr, the messer was frequently found amongst the folk peoples of the Middle Ages and the early modern period.

Learn more here.

Sword & Buckler

Sword and buckler training combines a one-handed arming sword with a buckler, a small one-handed shield. This was a common weapon combination for civilians in the late middle ages.
Sword and Buckler classes taught by Gemac are based on late medieval German traditions (I.33 and Andres Lignitzer). The classes have a strong focus on techniques and approaches shared with German longsword from the same period.

Montante

The Montante, or Zweihander, is a type of sword developed from the longsword of the late middle ages.

Due to their size, Montante classes are taught as forms classes, where you will learn how to preserve and use the momentum generated by the sword to aid in power generation and speed, as well as learning general body awareness. Due to the sheer size of the sword, these classes will be offered outdoors for the time being.

Rapier

Gemac hosts a small working group for people studying rapier techniques based on the Italian master Palladini, using the rapier alone or with a parrying dagger.
We do not currently offer rapier classes due to the lack of qualified instructors.

Freeplay

Freeplay, sometimes called sparring, is a way to test what you have learned in a less structured setting.
Freeplay is open to those who have taken a beginner course and have appropriate protective equipment.
In addition to a regular rotation of classes, we frequently offer limited run and one-off workshops.
Past topics have included fitness, test cutting, coaching, and historical research.