Welcome to the homepage of Medieval Combat Group

Historical European Martial Arts in Northern Ireland

We provide classes, group lessons, and private tuition in 15th century medieval swordcraft and martial arts.

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About Us

Medieval Combat Group is a Historic European Martial Arts (HEMA) group based in Belfast, training medieval martial arts using techniques from surviving 14th to 15th century manuscripts. We train as a martial arts class, not living history, roleplay, or SCA, and use modern safety equipment to allow us to safely get as close as possible to the actual fighting techniques as they were intended to be used. As well as running our regular classes, are happy to provide displays, demonstrations, or workshops at events to increase awareness of HEMA. For more in-depth information, we run a small Wiki which has more detail on the history of the group, HEMA in general, and other information. You can also find us on Facebook. For an idea of the culture and atmosphere of HEMA on the island in general, check out our recent video. We also founded and help organise the Morrigan's Melee event to support women's historical fencing on the island.

At MCG we strive to run a group which strikes a balance between the discipline necessary for training in a weapons-based martial art, and an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere. As such, neither MCG instructors nor students will tolerate any unsafe behaviour, antisocial behaviour, sexism, racism, sectarianism, or any form of harrassment, bullying, or general misconduct. All students, instructors, and guests of the school are asked to follow our Code of Conduct.

Medieval Combat Group is a member of the British Martial Arts & Boxing Association (BMABA), and HEMA Ireland, and all active MCG instructors have been assessed through HEMA Ireland instructor assessments and carry teaching insurance through BMABA.


We offer regular classes & private tuition in medieval swordsmanship, along with workshops and demonstrations.
Beginners classes are quite heavily backlogged due to the gap in classes over COVID-19. If you're interested in joining us, please sign up to our Mailing List and we'll be in touch when we're running our next beginners course.


Our instructors run regular weekly classes in Belfast and occasional short runs of classes in Comber, both for intermediate level students.

Beginners Courses

Our instructors, aided by our senior students, run regular beginners courses several times a year to provide entry into the main weekly classes. See here for more information.

Private Tuition

Depending on Instructor and Venue availability, we can also offer private tuition, whether on the contents of our beginners courses, intermediate and advanced content, or geared towards a specific aim.

HEMA Workshops

Our instructors have taught workshops on a variety of weapons at a variety of events. We have taught technical workshops at HEMA events such as The Art That Adorns You (York), Féile na Gaiscígh (Dublin), and Tremonia Fechten (Dusseldorf), along with smaller workshops and skills sharing sessions at a range of other events.

Taster Classes and Demonstrations

We have also taught taster workshops for conventions such as TitanCon (Belfast), Q-Con (Belfast), and European Heritage Open Days, as well as presented demonstrations of medieval fencing and manuscript interpretation at the Borderlines medieval history conference at Queen's University Belfast, and given sparring demonstrations during Culture Night Belfast over several years.

Other Services

We're always happy to discuss other services we might supply for historical fencing and martial arts. Feel free to contact us with any queries.

Click left and right through the navigation boxes above to view the different weapons taught at Medieval Combat Group.


A few highlights from the last few years of training, pre-COVID.