JOIN A CLASS
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 club at Utah Valley University (UVU) 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.
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 from some HEMA vendors and events.
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
4540 Highland Dr
MONDAYS: 7 – 9 pm
SATURDAYS: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
True Edge South
SATURDAYS: 10 am – 12 pm*
* Facemasks are required. Sunscreen and a waterbottle are recommended
Phone : 801 885 0240
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.