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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.

If you're game, join us!


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 are 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 provides training in rapier and longsword. We seek 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. We are the public face of the HEMA Events Network and are a sister school to the Philadelphia Common Fencers Guild.

Rogue Fencing believes in earnest martial training and growth.


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. 

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. 


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

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

As of right now, classes are free and take place every Sunday at 11AM in Clark Park.
Classes are welcome to all genders, ages, experience levels, and martial backgrounds.
Our practice is collaborative and cooperative in nature and as such we support and brandish inclusivity as well as friendly, healthy competition and martial spirit.