Center for Historical Fencing

A resource hub for those teaching Medieval, Renaissance, or Enlightenment Swordplay



Membership is open to United States Fencing Coaches Association members, other modern fencing coaches, historical fencers and those who research or teach historical fencing, and all others who have a research interest in swordplay of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Enlightenment.  A modest annual membership fee is assessed to help defray the cost of operations of the Center.

Members may list their clubs in our directory of HISTORICAL FENCING CLUBS.  Listing indicates that one, or more, of the Center's members are members of the club and are engaged in teaching or researching historical fencing in the club or program.


Members are encouraged to submit original research papers dealing with any aspect of historical fencing for publication through this website.  Papers are printed in two series: (1) Research Reports for completed research that meets the Center's standards through academic peer review and (2) Pre-Prints for short reports of preiminary results of research or for other short articles covering applied topics related to historical fencing.

The Center supports THE FENCING MASTER PROJECT, an online record of professional fencing instructors throughout history.  The Center maintains a living GLOSSARY of historical fencing terms.


The Center publishes a variety of short articles on best practices in teaching historical fencing.  These appear in our newsletter and are archived as articles on this website.  Contributions by Center members are encouraged, editorial assistance is available, and all authors receive appropriate credit.


The Center publishes Historical Swordplay, a monthly newsletter for its members to provide reviews, reports of ongoing research projects, notices of clinics, and information about clubs or salles teaching historical fencing. 


The Center has a three level Skill Development Program which may be used by members to encourage the development of knowledge and technical skill in historical fencing by their students.  The program materials include standards, knowledge materials, certificates, patches, and a central registry of participants.


The coat of arms of the Center is blazoned: vert, two swords argent crossed in saltire points in chief, enfiling a fencing master's crown or.  Members may wear a patch of the arms on their fencing or teaching uniform.