Medieval Combat Group is a Historic European Martial Arts (HEMA*) school in Belfast, Northern Ireland. We teach our students how to fight effectively with the Medieval sword, using period manuscripts to recreate the fighting styles of the Medieval era.  We train as martial artists, not as re-enactors, or as roleplay, and use modern safety equipment.

The main weapons currently taught are the longsword (a two handed, double edged sword) and the messer (a short single edged sword).

  • If you’d like to know more about the school, head to the About pages, or if you’d like to know more about joining us, head to Getting Started.

As well as running our regular historical fencing classes, medieval longsword beginners courses, and one-to-one or small group lessons, we’re happy to provide displays and interactive demonstrations or workshops at events to increase awareness and understanding of the art, or provide tailored courses if you have an interested group wanting to study.

*Sometimes referred to as Historical Fencing, Western Martial Arts, or one of any number of other general terms, but not to be confused with the modern Olympic Sport of fencing.