Wednesdays: ARC Pavilion

Fridays: MU and/or Young Hall Covered Courtyard


Wednesdays, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Fridays, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

October 2011

The Davis Historical Fencing Club focuses on the use of the Dussack, the early saber predominant in East and Central Europe through the 16th and 17th centuries, and other historical systems of fencing. We are part of a larger, growing tradition in North America and Europe called HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts). The fencing system we teach is based on the teachings of Joachim Meyer, a German fencing master. Students will learn swordsmanship as a martial art and grappling and will have the opportunity to participate in local tournaments.

Membership Requirements:

  • Interest in historical fencing, swordsmanship as a martial art, and athleticism

  • $20/per quarter. All must pay dues.

  • Eventual acquirement of protective equipment.

  • Regular attendance of Wednesday and Friday practices

  • Participate in fundraising and outreach efforts (ie. ShareTea, Club Fairs, Picnic Day)


Equipment requirements. Color all black.


Equipment Requirements

Beginning Members

Arm and Hands: Lacrosse or HEMA specific gloves mandatory. Head: HEMA specific fencing mask mandatory. Clothing: Long pants and durable jacket. Minimal exposed skin.

Established Members

Head: Mask cover with occipital protection optional. Torso: HEMA Fencing Jacket Mandatory. Arms: Elbow Cops mandatory, if elbow is exposed; Forearm protection optional but (ex: SPES forearm guards). Glove with extended cuff acceptable. Hands: Leather padded gloves optional. Legs: Solid Knee Protection Recommended; Shin Protection Optional; HEMA Fencing Pants Optional.

Loaner Equipment:

  • Practice sabers available for loan to members.

  • Minimal loaner hand and head gear is available so it is imperative that members purchase the minimum requirements at their own convenience.

Other Notes:

  • By no means are non-member beginners (try-outs) expected to own any equipment.

  • Members are expected to acquire their own equipment to the best of their ability. If there is a problem, the President would be happy to talk to work out a solution.

  • Contact officers for equipment recommendations.

  • Optional equipment is not necessary for practice.


Our club is partnered with the Sacramento Freifechter, a fencing school dedicated to longsword fencing after Joachim Meyer's system. For more information, please visit http://www.freifechter.com/study-groups/region-vi/allerheiligstadt-schule-des-fechtens

We are a friendly, open group that welcomes new members. Come in comfortable exercise clothes/shoes and bring water and your curiosity. Beginners are welcome to come to watch/try out during Friday class sessions. 

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