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HEMA - Historical European Martial Arts

In this class you will work with all manner of different types of weapons including Sword and Buckler, Longsword, Spear, Two Sword, Halberd, and more.  Coach Alex has competed a lot under many different organizations and rule sets, he will teach you the styles and systems of a variety of historical methods of fighting so that you are a well rounded duelist.  

This class is beneficial to practitioners of all levels. Not only is Coach Alex excellent at helping introduce students to the wonderful world of historical weapons training, but it is also a great way of upping your game with personalized training if you already belong to an organization like the SCA or the Vikings of Vulksgaard.

HEMA classes

Class Instructor - Coach Alex Van Ness

Society for Creative Anachronism

Alex Van Ness is a Lifelong martial arts student and medieval weapons enthusiast.  He was originally inspired by his father, a knight in the SCA, and his godfather, a Kenpo Karate instructor.  

His initial training was in Kenpo, Shaolin-Do, and later Kuntao under Sifu Amonte.  In 2007 he began studying historic European weapons styles and is experienced in a variety of combat systems including HEMA, SCA, Dagorhir, Buhurt, and Viking.

Through extensive competition, Alex has fought in hundreds of melee combat encounters and thousands of duels, having won tournaments all over the US.  

As the lead vocalist for Deadiron and Brazen Rogues, he brings incredible charisma & excitement to his classes.

Other Class Information

Physical Prerequisite:  None
Physical Challenge Level:  2-3
Equipment Requirements:  Water Bottle and a mouth guard.  You can borrow gear till you get your own, but you must eventually get a sword, buckler, helmet, and gloves.  
Uniform Requirement:  No Gi
Ages:  12+
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