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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.

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ROGUE FENCING NYC

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. 

PHILADELPHIA COMMON FENCERS GUILD

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.