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!
Today, the longsword is one of Hema's most popular choices for fencing competition.
We offer classes in both the German and Italian traditions.
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 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.
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.
We do not currently offer rapier classes due to the lack of qualified instructors.
Freeplay is open to those who have taken a beginner course and have appropriate protective equipment.