Birmingham HEMA Club

Birmingham HEMA Club was founded to explore and rediscover the martial arts techniques and treatises of the weapons-masters of medieval and renaissance Europe. We're a very practical club, bringing combat styles to life with an emphasis on martial application and combat sparring. We specialise in the works of the Italian fight-master Fiore Dei Liberi, though often employ methods and techniques learned from the German-derived systems to develop a more rounded combat technique.

We're a very friendly group, and always willing to bring on new members. Our club currently contains members from all walks of life; modern fencers, stage-combat performers, students, office-workers, sports-massage therapists, and even a pharmacist. A background in martial arts isn’t necessary, all you need is to have a reasonable level of fitness and be willing to learn and enjoy yourself.

HEMA is an efficient and technical martial art, and deals with armed and unarmed combat techniques that should be handled carefully. We take our safety commitments very seriously and our students are always instructed with that in mind. By attending regularly your proficiency will grow quickly, and blade-technique will improve well. However, we understand that people can’t always attend every week, so don't let a busy schedule get in the way of learning a brilliant and beautiful skill.

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Day and Time:

We meet every Wednesday evening, from 7:30 to 9:30pm.


Rogueplay Theatre
Unit 8
158 Minerva Works
Fazeley Street
B5 5RT

Disciplines Studied:

We primarily focus on Fiore's Italian longsword, dagger and abrazare, but also study the sword-and-buckler techniques found in the I33 and DiGrassi manuscripts, as well as learning from the combat-styles of the Germanic masters such as Meyer.

Club Membership and Fees:

Training sessions cost £5 each, and full membership fees are around £30 for the year, which can be discussed after a few training sessions to help you get the taste for it.

Club Uniform (and what to bring with you):

We have no official uniform for the club. For beginners: come in comfortable clothes you'd be able to do most forms of exercise in, and make sure you have a good pair of trainers. While we can lend a mask and some basic body armour, we suggest you bring some sturdy gloves that will offer protection to your fingers. A good pair of leather gardening gloves will do to start with, though some with a bit more padding would be better. We can lend synthetic sparring swords to attendees and members.

If you have full HEMA gear then feel free to bring it, though anyone intending to wear full harness may be a touch overdressed.

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