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Rocket City HEMA

A school for the study and practice of historical sword fighting


Rocket City HEMA has reopened and is now accepting new students!
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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 a variety of martial arts of European origin, particularly fencing systems which have died out long ago. The HEMA movement seeks to recreate these arts through the study of manuals and treatises written in the times when these arts were still in active use.

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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 monthly beginner's course!


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