Scholars of Alcalá is a group dedicated to the study and practice of Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA), and is a member group of the HEMA Alliance. Our goal is to recreate the fighting arts of late medieval and early modern Europe using surviving texts and manuscripts written by greatest fencing masters of the age. Whether for warfare, self-defense or dueling, armed combat was a prominent feature of life during the 16th and 17th centuries. Also being a time of renewed scholarship, scholars and fighters of the time took the effort to record and systematize their methods of combat into texts that are still studied today. In the 21st century there isn’t so much need defend yourself with a sword, however the mental and physical agility, strength and fortitude that swordplay cultivates can enrich the life of any modern person.
From the large 2-handed great sword to the small one-handed dagger, our group studies a number of weapon styles from across early modern Europe. Our primary focuses however are with German longsword and Italian rapier traditions. For a small membership fee, you are welcome to attend either of our two weekly classes. Equipment is provided, so you’ll have a chance to try a variety of gear and training weapons before buying your own.
Many of our instructors are also available for one-on-one training sessions at no additional cost.
The Scholars of Alcalá, is part of the HEMA Alliance, a 501c3 non-profit.