The Glasgow Historical Fencing Society is a historical martial arts group based in the west end of Glasgow in central Scotland.

We attempt to reproduce martial arts that have been lost for many hundreds of years, studying them as true martial arts and not as choreography or stage combat. The focus of our class is to try and train just as the medieval or renaissance student would have done.

Our classes have included German longsword, Scottish military backsword and quarterstaff. We’re currently working on developing classes for I.33 (sword and buckler) and Messer, but our primary focus and passion will always be German longsword.

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Historical Fencing is part of a wider discipline called HEMA – Historical European Martial Arts.
These martial arts originated in Europe and, over the centuries, evolved into sports (e.g. modern fencing) or died out as they became obsolete…

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