Capital Kunst des Fechtens Presents  

A Five-Week Introduction to German Longsword

Focusing on the Gemeyn Fechten or Common Fencing of 15th-16th Century Germany

Registration Information

$100 for all five classes
20% discount for CKDF members who joined before October 1, 2015


You will be contacted via email after registering. We accept paypal, cash, and checks (made out to "The Crucible").

Dates & Times:


8:30-10:00 PM Thursdays
November 12, 19, December 3, 10, 17


Sensazao Dance Fitness Studio
Van Dorn Metro Business Center 5428 Eisenhower Ave
Alexandria, VA 22304

Course Description

Capital Kunst des Fechtens teaches historical European martial arts in a modern way using a curriculum developed by top HEMA coaches and fighters. We emphasize historical technique supported by strength, speed, and assertive execution. Students learn the art of fighting through hands-on instruction, sparring, technique drills and the study of historical sources.

This is a practical, introductory course in the reconstructed Gemeyn Fechten, or common German fencing of the 15th and 16th centuries. Using a combination of elements from across multiple non-Liechtenauerian sources and extrapolations from Liechtenauer's descriptions of his opponents' tactical choices, students will learn a simple-but-effective approach to fighting with the longsword: perfect for preparing future students of the Zettel, or for establishing context for its techniques.

Space is limited. No experience is required. Most equipment is provided by Capital KDF. Students should wear athletic gear; men should wear an athletic protector ("cup"). All participants 18 years and older must sign waivers. Participants under age 18 must be accompanied by and have waivers signed by a parent or legal guardian.

Participants who have their own masks, HEMA gloves, appropriate protective gear, or training swords are invited to bring them along. Loaner gear will be available, and we will provide an opportunity to join a bulk order for those participants who wish to buy their own gear.

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