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Rocket City HEMA

A school for the study and practice of historical sword fighting

Rocket City HEMA is closed due to the ongoing pandemic. We will reopen as soon as we are able.

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Who Are We?

Rocket City HEMA is Huntsville's first school for the study of historical European martial arts. We practice techniques found in Medieval and Renaissance-era fencing manuals and apply them in a modern context.

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What is HEMA?

Historical European martial arts (HEMA) refers to martial arts of European origin (particularly fencing systems) which, though formerly practised, have since died out or evolved into very different forms.

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What Do We Train?

We practice a wide variety of weapon arts, including German longsword, Scottish backsword, and Italian rapier. We also train some sword-free systems like dagger, ringen (wrestling), and armored combat.

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Interested? Join us for our bi-monthly beginner's course!

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