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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!

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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.