Institute for Historical Arts

The IHA is one of the first full-time professional historical European martial arts (HEMA) schools in Scotland.

We aim to reintroduce a martial skill that was all but lost until recently. Like the martial styles of the East, Europe also had various forms of combat that were taught and used throughout time. Sadly, our own martial culture was diminished with the advent of the firearm, thus rendering many European martial systems obsolete because of this new form of ranged combat.

Now many of the manuals of old have been found, re-translated and re-mastered to allow us to teach these weapon systems once again. Here at the Institute of Historical Arts, we try and specialise in a handful of these weapon sets that would have been used on the fields of battle, including: a Medieval form of Sword and Buckler; Broadsword on its own and with the addition of a buckler; and our signature weapon, the Longsword from the 15th Century.

We teach these various systems along with others as a means of getting and maintaining a good level of fitness, in a very unique and fun way that also comes hand in hand with not only keeping these skills alive, but introducing a greater knowledge of Europe's military past.

Day and Time:

The IHA runs training sessions several times during the week. For more information about lesson schedules, please see the IHA website.


Bharatiya Ashram
5 St Mary Place
Dundee, DD1 5RB

Disciplines Studied:

The primary discipline on offer at the IHA is medieval German longsword. Also available are lessons for the Scottish broadsword. Private tuition is available in various disciplines upon request.

Club Membership and Fees:

Anyone over the age of 18 may become a member of the IHA.

The price of club membership is £30 per year, consisting of two costs:
- £15 club membership fee;
- £15 AHA subscription (this fee does not apply if you already have a valid and up-to-date AHA subscription).

There are various pricing plans available for regular lesson attendance, please see the IHA website for more information.

Club Uniform (and what to bring with you):

The club uniform consists of loose-fitting black trousers (not denim) and a plain white t-shirt. White t-shirts with AHA and IHA logos are allowed (and are available to purchase here through Corsair's Wares) but otherwise the only t-shirts allowed are plain white t-shirts with no logos, colours, images or text upon them.

Indoor shoes are required. Outdoor boots, formal shoes, and other footwear that is likely to leave marks on the hall floor should not be worn. Please note that footwear IS required and that training barefoot (or just in socks) is not an option.

Additionally, you should bring with you a bottle of water and a pair of thin gloves (to help protect your hand and wrist from chafing on the sword). If you suffer from asthma then you should bring your inhaler with you; if you need other medication then you should contact the club instructor at the email address below to see if there may be any problems.

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