The longsword was a weapon popular in the the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries. It was normally used with two hands, although it was light and nimble enough that it could be used with one hand when necessary.
German longsword of the Liechtenauer tradition is characterised by how it strives for effectiveness, lethality, and control of timing of the fight. At our longsword classes in Glasgow, we teach an authentic historical method of sword fighting, with a liberal dose of modern teaching science, to provide the best and most effective learning environment.
Many fencing masters wrote treatises describing how to fight with the longsword, and it is from these sources that we are able to reconstruct the system as a modern martial art today, where we practise with modern safety gear and training equipment. Safety of participants is a high priority, as is authentic interpretation of this historical system.
If you have never tried a martial arts or fencing class before, we would recommend you drop into our Intro To HEMA class on Tuesday nights for a week or two where you will get a good grounding in the activity and terminology needed to take up the longsword. If you have some fighting or fencing experience already, then come along to one of our regular weekly classes and have a go! Send us an email or give us a call if you would like to ask any questions beforehand, or just swing by and speak to the instructor on the night.