What we're about

Youngstown Historical Fencing is a Historical European martial arts (HEMA) club based in and around Youngstown, Ohio. Our purpose is to reconstruct historical European fencing traditions through a combination of research and martial training, specifically focusing on the German school of longsword fencing. 

Our primary reference materials are the collected and translated manuals of the 14th to 16th century fencing masters of the Liechtenauer tradition. This includes such masters as Sigmund ain Ringeck, Pseudo Peter von Danzig and Joachim Meyer. 

Through experimentation and collaboration with our students and like-minded groups, we learn how historical techniques were used, allowing us to train combat skills based on historical practices outside of a traditional “classroom” environment.

Upcoming events (4+)

Introduction to Longsword fencing Class # 3 (Friday Night)

The Apex - Strength and Fitness

$10.00

Introduction to longsword 3 (In which the fencers finally get to stab something)

This is the 3rd introductory session, which requires that you have participated in 1 and 2

The activity level will require comfortable, athletic appropriate clothing and footwear, and a bottle of water is never a bad idea.

*IMPORTANT*
1) "Street Shoes" are not permitted in the gym due to road salt, water, dirt and other issues, please bring a change of shoes with you

2) Enter through the side door only. This minimizes disruption of other events or classes

3) YHF operates on the "common sense" standard. Don't show up if you yourself are ill. If you are concerned about any variety of disease or ailment which could pass to you should you interact with other humans, stay home.

Weekly Longsword Session (Friday Night)

The Apex - Strength and Fitness

$10.00

Weekly Longsword Session

Attending the Weekly Group sessions require that you have participated in all 4 Introduction to Longsword Fencing courses. These sessions delve into the source material, and are structured to include drills as well as instructional material

The activity level will require comfortable, athletic appropriate clothing and footwear, and a bottle of water is never a bad idea.

If you own HEMA appropriate equipment, you may bring and use it, subject to instructor approval.

*IMPORTANT*
1) "Street Shoes" are not permitted in the gym due to road salt, water, dirt and other issues, please bring a change of shoes with you

2) Enter through the side door only. This minimizes disruption of other events or classes

3) YHF operates on the "common sense" standard. Don't show up if you yourself are ill. If you are concerned about any variety of disease or ailment which could pass to you should you interact with other humans, stay home.

Introduction to Longsword fencing Class #3 (Saturday Morning)

The Apex - Strength and Fitness

$10.00

Introduction to longsword 3 (In which the fencers finally get to stab something)

This is the 3rd introductory session, which requires that you have participated in 1 and 2

The activity level will require comfortable, athletic appropriate clothing and footwear, and a bottle of water is never a bad idea.

*IMPORTANT*
1) "Street Shoes" are not permitted in the gym due to road salt, water, dirt and other issues, please bring a change of shoes with you

2) Enter through the side door only. This minimizes disruption of other events or classes

3) YHF operates on the "common sense" standard. Don't show up if you yourself are ill. If you are concerned about any variety of disease or ailment which could pass to you should you interact with other humans, stay home.

Alternate Weapons - Rapier (Saturday Morning)

The Apex - Strength and Fitness

$10.00

Alternate Weapons Study - Rapier

Attending Alternate Weapons sessions require that you have participated in all 4 Introduction to Longsword Fencing courses.

Basic concepts and work from both Italian and German Rapier sources. These sessions are a mixture of drills, instruction and low intensity sparring,

The activity level will require comfortable, athletic appropriate clothing and footwear, and a bottle of water is never a bad idea.

If you own appropriate equipment, you may bring and use it. Limited loaner gear is available, so RSVP is a hard limit at this time.

*IMPORTANT NOTES*
1) "Street Shoes" are not permitted in the gym due to road salt, water and other issues, please bring a change of shoes with you

2) Enter through the side door only. This minimizes disruption of other events or classes

3) YHF operates on the "common sense" standard. Don't show up if you yourself are ill. If you are concerned about any variety of disease or ailment which could pass to you should you interact with other humans, stay home.

4) If you utilize club equipment, then your pricing per session is $10. Members who have their own equipment (mask + weapon + gloves) are priced at $5 per session.

Past events (367)

Weekly Longsword Session (Saturday Morning)

The Apex - Strength and Fitness

$10.00

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