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Welcome to the True Edge Academy of Swordsmanship! Interested in medieval history? Ever wanted to learn how to swordfight? Looking for a fun way to get some exercise? Here’s your chance to learn the martial arts of Europe.

True Edge Academy of Swordsmanship is an organization dedicated to reconstructing the martial arts of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Using historical fighting manuals and authentic training weapons, we are rediscovering these lost arts. Please check out the About Us page for more information.

Areas of study include Longsword, Sword & Buckler, Messer, Rapier, Dagger, Grappling, Staff, Polearms, and more.

Beginners are welcome! Check us out on Facebook, or drop by a class, to learn how you can get involved and join us in exploring these fascinating lost arts.

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Wasatch HEMA Fall Tournament – Results!

The fall tournament ran very smoothly this year, due to some changes to the rules. A total of 26 fighters participate this year and there was a lot of excellent fighting. All tournament results, pool standings, and other match details can be found on HEMA Scorecard. If you attended and would like to give some input, please fill out the tournament survey.

Beginners Longsword Tournament

1st Bryce Johns, 2nd Trent Peschke, 3rd Delon Martin, 4th Stewart Yeoh

Steel Longsword Tournament – Open

1st John Merril, 2nd Joshua Gardner, 3rd Jacob Blocker, 4th Monica Benavides

Steel Longsword Tournament – Advanced

1st Chad Healey, 2nd Jeremy Halliday, 3rd Jack Stewart, 4th Thomas Appiah

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Wasatch HEMA Fall Tournament

The UCSA and True Edge Academy are hosting our fall longsword tournament on Saturday, October 12, 2019, from 10:30 AM – 6 PM @ CrossFit SpearHead 4540 South Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah 84117.

If you wish to register for either the Synthetic or Steel Longsword Tournaments please do so here. The registration deadline is October 10th.

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CombatCon and MCHO 2019

A group from True Edge and the UCSA returned this week from CombatCon in Las Vegas, NV. It was an exciting event, as Kirsten Meredith took gold and Kristen Argyle took bronze in the Women’s Longsword Tournament and Jack Stewart took gold in the Open Steel Longsword Tournament!

Kristen, Kirsten, and Jack with their prizes.

Last month a similar group participated in the Mid Continental HEMA Open (MCHO) in Denver, CO. There Josh Gardner took gold in the Longsword Skill Course and Jeremy Halliday took bronze in the Open Steel Longsword Tournament, bronze in the Longsword Skill Course and received the Technical Award.

Jeremy (middle left) and Josh (right)
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Fecht Yeah 2019

Kristen middle right.

Our amazing instructor Kristen Argyle recently attended Fecht Yeah 2019 in New York, a three-day HEMA event featuring classes and all-women’s tournaments. Kristen fought in all of the tournaments and taught two classes on Hans Medel’s longsword fencing manual. Kristen place 5th in the rapier tournament (a weapon she rarely trains with), 4th in the sword and buckler tournament, and 1st in the Women’s Novice Steel tournament!!! We are very proud of Kristen. The Novice Steel tournament was made up of all but the top 8 fighters from the Women’s Steel tournament.

Kristen on the right.
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UVU Clubs Banquet

On the evening of April 18, 2019, True Edge South attended the annual UVU Clubs Banquet to celebrate another successful year. To represent the club, head instructor Chad Healey and instructors Mariah Healey, Matthew Pope, Thomas Appiah, and Monica Benavides Molina were in attendance.

True Edge South instructors Thomas, Chad, Mariah, Monica and Matthew

True Edge South was asked to do a brief demonstration of what our club is all about, so Chad and Mariah did a Superman-esque wardrobe change from formal wear into sparring gear just in time to hop on stage. There they introduced the audience to HEMA and demonstrated a few parries (Schnappen, Zucken, and the unnamed parry with half-swording). The performance concluded with a few exchanges of full-speed sparring.

Demonstration by Chad and Mariah

Of course, it’s hard to resist doing a little bit of swordwork once you have the weapon in hand, so after the banquet concluded and most of the attendees trickled away, we all had a bit of fun with longsword and saber in the open space.

True Edge South did not win any awards this year, but it was still a fun night out for the instructor team and a good opportunity to do some educating and make our presence a bit better known on UVU campus.

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Upcoming HEMA Events!

For anyone interested there is a number of upcoming HEMA events that are within a reasonable driving distance. If you are interested in attending any of these events let your fellow students know as carpooling and sharing accommodations can cut down on the cost.

Mid-Continental HEMA Open, Denver, CO

The Mid-Continental HEMA Open (MCHO) is a new tournament hosted by
Denver Historical Fencing Academy. You can register here.

Dates: July 12th – 14th

Cost: $75 + Tournaments ($20-25 each)


  • Open Steel Longsword
  • Women’s Longsword
  • Beginner’s Longsword
  • Steel Saber (weapons provided)
  • Longsword Obstacle/Skills Course

CombatCon, Las Vegas, NV

CombatCon is a small convention and a large HEMA tournament. This event has a lot of classes, panels, vendors, and a costume party called the Time Traveler’s Ball. You can register here and if you are going for the HEMA tournaments, the Tournament Pass is recommended over the Warrior Pass.

Dates: August 1st – 4th

Cost: $110 (Tournament Pass) + Tournaments ($15-35 each)


  • Synthetic Longsword
  • Open Steel Longsword
  • Invitational Longsword
  • Women’s Longsword
  • Sword and Buckler
  • Rapier
  • Singlestick
  • Beginners Cutting
  • Open Cutting
  • Invitational Cutting

Swordsquatch, Seattle, WA

Swordsquatch has a lot of workshops, the Bigfoot brawl, tournaments, Night of Fire(?), a shindig, Flying Trapeze, and a cutting party. Registration comes with 3 lunches, the shindig meal, a t-shirt, and the cutting party.
You can register here.

Dates: September 6th – 8th

Cost: $225 + Tournaments ($25-50 each)


  • Cutting
  • Beginner’s Nylon Longsword
  • Ringen
  • Women’s Steel Longsword
  • Steel Longsword
  • Sunday Mystery

Duels at High Noon, Tuscon, AZ

Duels at High Noon is a tournament with somewhat unconventional rule sets (matches are normally 30 seconds, but you fight a lot of them) and always includes an unusual tournament, this year Bastone, which will be proceeded with a class on its use. You can register here.

Dates: September 21st – 22nd

Cost: $50 (for HEMAA member)


  • Longsword
  • Dussack
  • Bastone
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SoCal Swordfight 2019

Six fighters from True Edge Academy along with friends for the UCSA attended SoCal Swordfight in Huntington Beach, CA from February 15 – 17, 2019. South Coast Swords put on 11 tournaments over the three-day event along with workshops which is a truly impressive feat. If you are interested in see the result of the tournament, they can be found on HEMA Scorecard. Congrats to Jeremy Halliday on taking gold in both the Advanced Longsword and the Advanced Longsword Cutting tournaments!