What we're about

Youngstown Historical Fencing is a Historical European martial arts (HEMA) study group based in and around Youngstown, Ohio. Our purpose is to reconstruct historical European fencing traditions through a combination of scholarly 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 study partners and like-minded groups, we test hypotheses about how historical techniques were used, allowing us to train combat skills based on historical practices outside of a traditional “classroom” environment.

Upcoming events (5)

Introduction to Longsword fencing lvl 3 (Friday Night)

The Apex - Strength and Fitness

$10.00

Introduction to longsword lvl 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.

*PLEASE NOTE*
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) The State of Ohio requires that masks be worn when outside of your private residence, unless actively participating in sport or exercise. YHF recommends the use of masks during introduction sessions.
This session expands upon the prior sessions with more complex sword handling, combinations and defense

Weekly Longsword Session (Friday Edition)

The Apex - Strength and Fitness

$10.00

PLEASE MAKE NOTE OF THE CHANGES TO REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS EVENT LISTED BELOW

Weekly Longsword Study Group

Attending the Weekly Study Group sessions require that you have participated in all 4 Introduction to Longsword Fencing courses.

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.

These sessions delve into the source material, and are structured as an informal collaborative training session, as opposed to an instructor led class.

*CHANGES*
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) The State of Ohio highly recommends that masks be worn when interacting with people outside of your household, or in public spaces and that a distance of 6ft be maintained between yourself and others.

3) To facilitate additional contact tracing required by the State of Ohio, and liability protection for our facilities as well as providing informed consent to engage in the activities we provide, you will need to download, read, fill out and bring with you the following document (only need to do this once):

http://youngstownhf.com/resources/COVID19_Waiver.pdf

Introduction to Longsword Fencing Lvl 2 ( Saturday)

The Apex - Strength and Fitness

$10.00

Introduction to Longsword fundamentals Lvl 2

This is the 2nd of 4 introductory sessions, which requires that you have participated in Introduction to Longsword Fencing Lvl 1.

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

*PLEASE NOTE*
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) The State of Ohio requires that masks be worn when outside of your private residence, unless actively participating in sport or exercise. YHF recommends the use of masks during introduction sessions.

Cost per session is $10.00 per attendee, and should be paid in cash at the start of the session.

This session expands upon lvl 1 with more basic sword handling, and starts to establish how the German system works.

ALT Weapons - Rapier (Saturday Edition)

The Apex - Strength and Fitness

$10.00

ALT Weapons Study - Rapier

Cal and Matt will be leading us through basic concepts and work from Meyer's Rapier

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.

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

These sessions delve into the source material, and are structured as an informal collaborative training session, as opposed to an instructor led class.

*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) The State of Ohio highly recommends that masks be worn when interacting with people outside of your household, or in public spaces and that a distance of 6ft be maintained between yourself and others.

3) 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 (238)

Weekly Longsword Session

The Apex - Strength and Fitness

$10.00

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