Historical European Martial Arts is a system of fighting based around a collection of traditional methods. These methods include many different schools of fighting both offensive and defensive. The majority of these systems were developed and refined to facilitate the practical art of combat.
The german longsword is a good place to start your journey. While the full kit, which allows for sparring and practice with metal swords is fairly expensive a beginner can start with a few protective items and a synthetic longsword.
Beginners are welcome. Come prepared for a fairly intense workout as many techniques resemble wrestling and some can involve ground fighting. All sparring and training is optional and based on the learners comfort level.
If you are interested in practicing on your own or gathering more in-depth information here are some resources:
Sword Carolina: https://www.youtube.com/user/KASLKdF