Culture

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.

Contribution

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 in Alexandria, Virginia. 

Competition

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

This list of events is in no way comprehensive.
Rather, it is a list of events near Maryland KdF and accessible to its members.

For a full listing of HEMA events across the world, click here.

May 31-June 3, 2018
June 8-10, 2018
July 20-22, 2018
August 3-5, 2018
August 3-5, 2018
August 4, 2018
August 18, 2018
September 1, 2018
September 15, 2018
September 28-30, 2018
October 20, 2018
Early November 2018
November 3, 2018
November 2018
January 18-21, 2019
January 26, 2019
February 1-3, 2019
February 15-17. 2019
May 31-June 1, 2019

Fechtschule New York - Andes, NY
Funfecht - Pittsburgh, PA
Fecht Yeah - New York, NY
Fechtschule Frisbee - Tamsworth, NH
CombatCon - Las Vegas, NV
Raleigh Open - Raleigh, NC
Bar Fight III - Baltimore, MD (Held by Maryland KdF)
Clash of Claymores - Carlisle, PA
Mid-Atlantic Rookie Tournament - Kutztown, PA
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 
Rapier and Sabre Pedagogy Retreat - Atlanta, GA
NESG: Swords in the North III - Portland, ME
Capital Clash: DC HEMA Open - National Harbor, MD
SoCal Swordfight - Huntington Beach, CA
American Smallsword Symposium V - Baltimore, MD