St. Louis School of Arms HEMA


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You Can Learn Historical European Combat

The St. Louis School of Arms provides organized instruction in the serious study and practice of historical Italian swordplay and close quarter combat of the 16th century. Born on the battlefield, these martial arts were developed from actual experiences in battle, during a time when a warrior survived by the quality of his skills.

We reconstruct the martial ways of the past by combining research into the teachings of the masters with the practical knowledge gained through partnered drills, sparring with specially-designed blunt weapons, and test cutting with sharp weapons. We also practice the unarmed skills of this tradition.

We don't just teach swords - we teach a system

Our emphasis is not on sports or theatrics; techniques are taught as they were used in real combat. Our practice focuses on safety, control and competence, and applying what we practice in real life situations.

No martial arts experience necessary

Class Schedule

7:00 PM Swords & Shields
(90 minutes)

One-handed sword & buckler (small shield), and occasionally rotella (the large shield).

Sword and Buckler

8:30 PM Open Class
(60 minutes)

Sparring / free play, drilling, special assistance, any weapon, it's your choice!

10:00 AM Grappling / Pugilism
(90 minutes)

In-depth instruction on traditional Italian self defense techniques. You can also learn the science of self-defense with bare fists-- 18th Century English Pugilism.

12:30 PM Two-Handed Sword
(90 minutes)

Advanced combat forms with a very long sword. Grappling is also included here.

Two-handed Sword

11:00 AM One-Handed Sword
(90 minutes)

The one-handed sword. Great for beginners. Basic guards, cuts and forms, solo & paired.


No Contracts - No Testing Fees - No Rank Fees - No Children

Our school is not a place for children. We are serious martial artists, with serious backgrounds. Before coming to HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts), many of us have had many years training in other martial arts, and understand the foundational concepts that are required for effective combative activities. This is not a reenactment group.

Visitors are always welcome - Try a Free Lesson!

Private Lessons are Available

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St. Louis School of Arms HEMA

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