The group was founded in 2012 and has been teaching students the use of the longsword, and more recently the messer, for the past five years. We regularly host tournaments, workshops with guest instructors from other clubs and other countries, and attend events and tournaments throughout the north and south of Ireland.

The main weapons we teach are the longsword and the messer. If you’ve ever watched Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones or played a game like The Witcher you’ll have a good idea of what a longsword looks like – the classical knightly two-handed sword. The messer, by contrast, is a short single-handed, single edged sort. Something akin to a sword length bowie knife.

Our entire focus is on the Medieval fighting arts and using them effectively – we wear modern protective equipment to allow us to drill and spar with intent rather than any kind of period costume, and the set-up of the class is of a martial arts class rather than a living history society of re-enactment group.

If you’re interested in starting with us, check the Getting Started page. On the other hand, if you’d like to know more detail about exactly what we teach, or the history of the group, the Instructors, Provosts, About Us and About HEMA sections of the menu are worth a read or feel free to contact us directly.

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  1. Hi there, I have been interested for a while in getting involved with a HEMA club however am planning a move to derry/Londonderry. Do you have any classes or know of any active groups in or around the north west?

    Many thanks,

    1. Sorry for the delayed repsonse, the site has fallen by the wayside a bit this year. One of our instructors has moved to the north coast, so the closest to you would be Causeway Guild of Historical Martial Arts in Coleraine. There might also be another occasional group in Derry or Donegal, but I haven’t heard much activity from them in a while.

    1. Hi AJ,
      The classes are currently based in Belfast, Donegall Pass Community Centre. There’s also a related school up in Coleraine run by one of our past instructors who moved up there.

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