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Johanne Liechtenauer:

"This is the lesson of the five blows from the right hand. Who could it be that we promise cheerfully to repay through our art?"

The School History

The roots of The School of Traditional Medieval Fencing were established over 20 years ago and originally associated with Wolfsbane Historical Society. The school has researched, translated, interpreted and practised many manuscripts in this time, including the German and Italian masters from Medieval Europe through to later styles and disciplines from the 17th and 18th Centuries.

Ringeck's fencing at STMF

Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) pre-date a majority of the Eastern martial systems and the earliest known document of this type was thought to be scribed by a religious order of monks in the 12th-13th Century. The system we currently follow originates from a manuscript by Master Johannes Liechtenauer in the 1360s. This manuscript was written in cryptic rhyming couplets as crib notes for his students but also to prevent his work from being discovered by other fencing masters at that time.

Sigmund Ringeck was a second or third generation Liechtenauer scholar and his treatise expands further on the Liechtenauer verse. This has given us a far more comprehensive insight into this system with the benefit of additional material and techniques introduced by Ringeck.

Our current teaching syllabus is based on the 1430-1450 treatise by Master Sigmund Ringeck (the elder). For the past 8 years we have been researching, practising and teaching from our own translation and interpretation of the original manuscript, following what we believe to be the true martial intentions from this source. Our grading standards are based on Ringeck's longsword system.

The disciplines we teach are longsword, sword and buckler, dagger, messer, wrestling and pole weapons, involving armoured and un-armoured techniques.