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Central Park,ARC Pavillion


October 2011

The Davis Historical Fencing Club studies and practices HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts) based on surviving fencing literature from the 15th-16th century. We focus on the use of the longsword and the Dussack/Tessak, the early saber predominant in East and Central Europe through the 16th and 17th centuries. Members will learn swordsmanship as a martial art and will have the opportunity to participate in local tournaments.

We are a friendly, open group that welcomes new members. Come in comfortable exercise clothes/shoes, bring water and your curiosity. We can bring extra equipment to loan to members in case this is your first experience.

Enjoy up to 3 free lessons per Quarter!

After the first 3 free lessons there's a club due of $40 per quarter.

Our club is partnered with the Sacramento Historical Fencing Academy, a fencing school dedicated to longsword fencing after Joachim Meyer's system. For more information, please visit Sacramento Historical Fencing Academy (

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What is HEMA? Historical European Martial Arts is an umbrella term for Europe's documented martial traditions that are now being rediscovered, researched, and practiced today throughout the Western World. These arts span from the 14th century to the 19th century and encompass the use of variety of arms including rondel daggers, longswords, spears, and sabers. These arts include major grappling/wrestling components as well. 

Within HEMA are many 'traditions', styles of practices characterized by certain historical masters or nation of origin. For example, Bolognese Swordsmanship was established by Lippo Bartolomeo Dardi in 1415 in Bologna, Italy. In England, several swordsmen described regulation military saber fencing throughout the 19th century in fencing manuals. In medieval and renaissance Germany, Johannes Lichtenauer's system of fencing dominated. This number of fencing schools makes HEMA both a culturally diverse endeavor and exciting as subtle stylistic differences enrich our fighting. This diversity is one of the many things that constitute the HEMA community which ultimately seeks to understand the true essence of European swordsmanship from a martial and historical perspective. More information is available on:


Fechter: Jacob

Provost at Arms: Scott

President: Elias

Vice President: Aaditya

Treasurer: Kenji

Quartermaster: Aidan

Herald: Colin