Interested in medieval history? Ever wanted to learn how to swordfight? Looking for a fun way to get in shape? Here's your chance to learn the martial arts of our European ancestors!
True Edge Academy™ of Swordsmanship is an organization dedicated to reconstructing the martial arts of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Using historical fighting manuals and authentic training weapons, we are rediscovering these lost arts.
Areas of study include Longsword, Sword & Bucker, Rapier, Dagger, Grappling, Staff, Polearms, and more.
In addition to ongoing training and research, True Edge Academy regularly participates in regional events and activities including workshops, seminars, symposiums, conventions, feature films, music videos, television shows, renaissance festivals, and school assemblies. If you have an activity that True Edge Academy would be suited for, please feel free to contact us.
Beginners are welcome! Send us an e-mail, or drop by a practice, to learn how you can get involved and join us in exploring our fascinating martial heritage.
True Edge Academy (formerly part of ARMA, the Association for Renaissance Martial Arts) was established in 2000 and is dedicated to the interpretation and reconstruction of medieval and renaissance combat systems as a modern martial art. It is an affiliate member of the HEMA Alliance™, the largest Historical European Martial Arts federation in the world.
The foundational weapon in the standard True Edge Academy curriculum is the longsword, a weapon that teaches the fundamental mechanics of historical fencing. Upon establishing familiarity with the longsword, the academy's students expand their training into the sword & buckler, rapier, dagger, unarmed combat & grappling, staff, halberd & other polearms, cut-and-thrust sword, sword & dagger, sword & cloak, messer, dussack, and other period weapons.
With the development of the firearm, the sophisticated systems of historical fencing developed by our European forefathers were lost for centuries with only fragments of knowledge surviving in modern-day boxing and wrestling. Today, with exposure to only sport fencing, choreographed stage combat, and Hollywood-style sword-fighting, the general public is understandably ill-informed about the advanced fighting systems used during 13th through 17th centuries.
With the discovery and translation of dozens of historical fighting manuals, True Edge scholars and other researchers endeavor to understand the teachings of fencing masters and writers such as Johannes Liechtenauer, Hanko Doebringer, Fiore dei Liberi, Sigmund Ringeck, Peter von Danzig, Hans Talhoffer, Philippo Vadi, Pietro Monte, Albrecht Duerer, Joerg Wilhalm, Achille Marozzo, Paulus Hector Mair, Joachim Meyer, Giacomo Di Grassi, Vincentio Saviolo, Sir George Silver, Joseph Swetnam, Salvator Fabris, and Ridolfo Capo Ferro, to name a few.
Membership in True Edge Academy provides access to an unparalleled wealth of knowledge about the historical science of defense; however, anyone is welcome to explore the free articles and resources on this site to learn more.
True Edge Academy embraces an athletic interpretation, as well as a scholarly approach, to historical fencing. The martial arts of medieval and renaissance Europe were just that: an intense and deadly martial art. It is that martial spirit and heritage that defines True Edge Academy.
We invite you to learn more by also visiting the HEMA Alliance website.