HEMA Classes

Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) Classes

HEMA sword fighting tries to replicate historical duels authentically as much as possible by using the exact same moves and sword skills that they would have used 500 years ago.  Training comes from historical treatises (books/texts) from Italy & Germany.

Weapons include: longsword and single sword (sabre, sidesword, rapier, messer, etc.)

Instructor: The instructor is Malcolm Sheppard, who has dabbled in fencing and martial arts since 1988, including kempo, kung fu, tai chi, jiu-jitsu, kickboxing, Filipino martial arts, and Korean martial arts.  

After studying foil fencing in high school, his first exposure to historical fencing/HEMA came through stage combat training in 1996, and he returned to it in 2015 when studying Blades of Glory’s MACE swordplay system.  

In 2017 he attended the Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium, studying German and Italian longsword along with Italian knife fighting and grappling.  In 2018 he attained Level 1 instructor certification in Academie Duello’s Italian longsword and rapier systems, and from 2018-2020 he trained in German longsword in the Peterborough Fencing Club’s program while seeking out training opportunities from historical fencing and martial arts teachers.

2022 classes are now open!

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Things To Know

The Mount Community Centre (1545 Monaghan Rd, Peterborough, ON K9J 5N3)

Lesson Times

Saturdays, 11am to 2pm

Price Per Lesson

$30/lesson + HST

$100/ 4 lessons + HST


Internal Tournaments will be held at our facility in Hastings during the summer plus you have the ability to compete against other clubs.