The international Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) movement shares a unique, open culture which stands in contrast to many martial arts communities. Because most HEMA clubs world-wide began with no master or teacher to follow, the community shares a sometimes chaotic affection for egalitarianism and a disdain for pompous elitism. Schools or teachers preaching a “one true way” are quickly marginalized; replaced with a healthy combination of “put up or shut up” and “let me show you how to get there.” Maryland KdF holds firmly to the community’s commitment to brotherhood, respect, and approachability. Fighters who know more and can do more are responsible to help bring others up, not lord their prowess over them. A common refrain amongst HEMA practitioners worldwide is that this culture of brotherhood and camaraderie is what makes HEMA great.


The members of Maryland KdF are highly involved in the overall Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) community. Our members helped create the largest international HEMA service organization in North America, organize the most prominent competitive event in the western hemisphere and other events across the country, founded and managed the largest online source of medieval fencing material, encouraged and participated in the creation of the first set of mass produced HEMA protective equipment in the US, and were instrumental in the proliferation of sharp cutting practice becoming a norm for respect.

We are also part of the xKdF Network - a network of groups across the United States who have made the decision to focus on the Kunst des Fechtens, the German martial art under Master Johannes Liechtenauer. We are one of the two founding groups of the Network - the other being our sister club, Capital Kunst des Fechtens (CKdF) who practice under Jake Norwood in Alexandria, Virginia. 


In addition, members of our club regularly fight and place in various competitions. These events happen throughout the year and occur all across the United States and internationally. Events like Longpoint, the largest HEMA competition in North America, and others are not only a chance to demonstrate your fighting skills, but are also places to learn new skills from the top instructors in the world. Longsword features almost universally in HEMA competitions, but there are also rapier, sword and buckler, saber, singlestick, harnischfechten (fighting in plate armor), cutting, and wrestling events. Additionally, Maryland KdF hosts a small event called AutumnFecht every year in November. 

Upcoming Events

January 28, 2018
February 3, 2018
February 9-11, 2018
February 11, 2018
February 16-18, 2018
February 17-18, 2018
February 25, 2018
March 1-4, 2018
March 23-25, 2018
March 24-25, 2018
March 29-31, 2018
April 7, 2018
April 7-9, 2018
April 20-22, 2018
April 28-29, 2018
May 5-6, 2018
May 19, 2018
May 31-June 3, 2018
June 22-24, 2018
July 20-22, 2018
September 28-30, 2018
October 20, 2018
Early November 2018
EarlyNovember 2018
November 2018

January Mixed Weapon Freeplay - Danville, PA
Rogue Rapier and Sabre Saturday - New York, NY
Queen's Gambit - Charlotte, NC
Philadelphia Area HEMA Judging Seminar - Richboro, PA
SoCal Swordfight - Huntington Beach, CA
Ram Point - Richmond, VA, run by CKdF (A beginner's only event)
Fiore Dagger Hell Gate - Astoria, NY
Arnold Fencing HEMA Classic - Columbus, OH
FlowerPoint - Kutztown, PA
2018 Brass Frog Assault of Arms - Norwich, CT
Schwertkampf Mexico 2018 - Mexico City, Mexico
Shortpoint - VA
Purpleheart Open - Houston, TX
Broken Point - Pittsburgh, PA
Study in Steel - Greenville, SC
Springeck - Wanaque, NJ
Klopfterfecht - Bloomsburg, PA
Fechtschule New York - Andes, NY
Funfecht - Pittsburgh, PA
Fecht Yeah - New York, NY
Iron Gate Exhibition (IGX) - Danvers, MA
Fall Fun Fecht - Danville, PA
Swordfish - Gothenburg, Sweden
AutumnFecht - Jessup, MD (Put on by Maryland KdF)
Southeast Renaissance Fencing Open (SERFO) - Atlanta, GA