Fight Like A Rogue



Swords? Fecht yeah, we love swords!

We love swords and history, but, most importantly, we’re here to train and learn.

We want students with humble hearts and open minds. We want students who will work hard, get sweaty, and challenge themselves. We want students who will make positive changes!

Do you just want to chat about swords? 
That’s great too, but we’re focused on the martial and practical aspects of our art. If you just want to talk shop and look at pretty things, I can recommend a few groups for you.


What is HEMA?

Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA), is an umbrella term used to describe any of the martial art practices rooted in historical fight manuals written in Europe between approximately 1300 and 1900 CE. Nearly every European culture produced instructional texts were that were developed by masters of combat and were used to teach a range of techniques from unarmed fighting to full-on horse mounted combat. HEMA is, perhaps, most well-known for its sword practitioners. This includes longsword, rapier, sword and buckler, and saber.

We an affiliate of the HEMA Alliance! This organization provides resources to American HEMA clubs. Click here to learn more.


What is Rogue FEncing?

Rogue Fencing is the training-focused component of the HEMA Events Network. Rogue Fencing seeks to provide high caliber instruction for all HEMA participants, build collaborative knowledge networks, and expose a diverse crop of new practitioners to this martial art.

Our longsword programming is focused on the study of the German longsword, particularly the techniques developed by Johannes Liechtenauer, a 14th-century German fencing master.  Liechtenauer’s system involved a pragmatic approach to civil combat developed in Central Europe.

We provide training on the practical application of the Liechtenauer tradition using a 3-pronged approach: (1) learning techniques from the text, (2) sparring, and (3) test-cutting.

During technique training and sparring we use blunt steel longswords and may use various degrees of protective gear, depending on the intensity prescribed by the instructor that day.

When we test-cut, we use sharp swords and rolled tatami (a straw material) mats as a diagnostic for our technical skills. We are ensuring our cuts are the correct angles and properly being powered, so that the other two components of training remain mechanically sound.

Rogue Fencing also provides training and competition opportunities in rapier. Through an alliance with the International Rapier Seminar, we hope to develop and grow the HEMA rapier through scholarship, education, and competition. 

Rogue Fencing believes in earnest martial training and growth in order to be true to the martial art.


These likeminded groups are open to individuals of all skill levels. Find your local club to become involved in the HEMA scene!



Rogue Fencing provides demos, consultation, and classes in the New York City metro area. Rogue specializes in Italian Rapier and German Longsword. 


West Philadelphia's only Historical European Martial Arts group, currently focusing on the German longsword techniques of Joachim Meyer.