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True Edge Academy currently has two branches that we simply call ‘True Edge Salt Lake’ and ‘True Edge South’. True Edge South is technically a college club that offers classes to the community. Everyone is welcome! We prefer that participants be over the age of 16, but we’re willing to make exceptions based on maturity.

Each group normally meets twice weekly at the times and locations listed below. There are swords, fencing masks and some additional protective gear available for beginners, but acquiring one’s own gear is encouraged.

CURRICULUM

Our curriculum centers around the Liechtenauer, or German, Tradition of the longsword. We apply modern organization and educational theory to the medieval and renaissance fencing treatises resulting in a holistic fighting system. New students start in our 4-6 week beginners course that focuses on the fundamentals, such as proper balance and footwork and basic cutting movements. Upon finishing the beginners course students advance into intermediate classes and higher levels of study. 

Once scholars have built a basic foundation with the longsword, they can branch out into other weapon sets, including single-hand sword styles (such as rapier, messer, dussack, sword & buckler, and rapier & dagger), dagger, various types of polearms, and the complex unarmed art of Kampfringen (combat grappling). Scholars also begin a more detailed study and interpretation of the historical treatises themselves, to gain an appreciation of their importance and to learn directly from the teachings of the masters.

WAIVER & CLUB DUES

All participants must sign a standard martial arts waiver and a waiver for the HEMA Alliance (HEMAA).  Club dues go to the rental of the space and the purchase of club gear. Dues can be paid through TidyHQ or to an instructor. 

Club members will also be responsible for maintaining a HEMAA membership after their first two months. A HEMAA membership is only $26 a year and provides discounts for some HEMA vendors and events.

TRUE EDGE SALT LAKE

$30/month

To be paid prior to or at your first class.
Dues can be paid through TidyHQ or to an instructor.

TRUE EDGE SOUTH

$40/semester

To be paid after your 4th class.
Dues can be paid through TidyHQ or to an instructor.

What do I need for my first class?

An open mind and a willingness to listen. A water bottle, athletic clothing and shoes that are comfortable and permit mobility are also helpful. You will be moving around plenty, and performing actions such as lunging, squatting, and arm extension. No previous experience with swords or martial arts is required.

Beginners do not require any gear to start, the club has swords, fencing masks and some gloves available for drilling. Students will eventually need to acquire their own protective gear to participate in full-contact sparring. 

SALT LAKE CITY

True Edge SALT LAKE

Location

Crossfit Spearhead,
4540 Highland Dr
Holladay

Class times

MONDAYS: 7 – 9 pm

SATURDAYS: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

OREM

True Edge South

Location

Utah Valley University (UVU)*
800 W University Pkwy
Orem
* Classes are held at multiple locations on the UVU campus, Please contact us or visit our Facebook to determine the exact class location.

Class times

WEDNESDAYS: 7 – 9 pm

SATURDAYS: 10 am – 12 pm

Contact Us

Phone : 801 885 0240

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Other Utah HEMA groups:

United Clans Swordsman Association (UCSA) is another group of HEMA enthusiasts in Salt Lake City that focuses on the Fiore, or Italian, tradition. True Edge Salt Lake shares a practice space with the UCSA and helps teach beginners classes with them. A number of students attend both clubs and there are a few joint events throughout the year. They meet on Thursday nights and Saturday afternoons.