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.


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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Glasgow Blacksmithing

As part of her quest to learn as many medieval skills as possible, Jennie visited Bear and Thistle Forge in Glasgow last weekend for some private tuition. Guided by the experience and patience of blacksmith Fraser, she managed to turn out something that looks a bit like a medieval eating...
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Pro Muay Thai comes to visit

Last weekend we were visited by Kru Cha MacKenzie from Pro Muay Thai and Judo club.  With years of martial arts experience under his belt, we were looking for a bit of cross-training and hoping Cha could show us a different approach to some fundamental martial arts skills.  We covered...
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Historical Martial Arts of a Different Kind…!

In a change from swords, we headed to deepest Wales for a fantastic Historical Rifle Day with WMS Firearms Training.  We got the chance to shoot some old WW2 rifles - Lee Enfiield, Mauser, Mosin Nagant, to name a few - and even an original 1914 WW1 SMLE rifle.  Head...
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