We are a Western martial arts and Historical European Martial Arts ( HEMA ) organization located near Boston, Massachusetts and dedicated to the practical study of Kunst des Fechtens (KdF), the traditional martial arts of medieval Germany.  Our primary weapon is the longsword, though we delve into other weapons from time to time. Currently we are doing: 

  • longsword
  • dusack  / messer / one-handed sword
  • dagger 
  • falchion
  • rapier
  • sword and buckler 
  • spear
  • flail

Here you'll find details on theory and our research, as well as practice and training resources we provide for beginning and experienced students alike interested in studying KdF

Additional information is also available at 

  • Happy New Year!  Welcome to 2015 -- interested in learning something new?  

    Come try a free introductory session with Forte Swordplay and learn about swordsmanship from medieval and Renaissance Europe!  We'll be kicking off 2015 with a few classes dedicated to introducing students old and new to training the basics of Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA), beginning with the knightly longsword.  

    If you're interested, please fill out this simple scheduling survey: http://doodle.com/bzcfsvb4a78hz5q2.  Just indicate which dates/times work best for you, and we'll be in touch when we confirm dates for these introductory sessions.  Please don't hesitate to contact me directly with any questions, and we hope to see as many of you in the next couple weeks as possible!  

    Happy New Year!  

    Jeff Tsay
    Forte Swordplay
    Iron Gate Exhibition
  • IRON GATE EXHIBITION October 2-4 2015
    The premiere HEMA event for New England.

    IGX features exhibitions, tournaments, workshops, and lectures presented by Historical European Martial Arts instructors from around the world.

    For more information:


    Posted Sep 14, 2015, 6:18 PM by John O'Connor
  • New Location

    New England Movement Arts (NEMA)

    123 Muller Road, Burlington, MA 

    Posted Jul 13, 2015, 6:13 PM by John O'Connor
  • Article and Video from the New York Times
    Here is an article and video from the New York Times.

    Posted Sep 18, 2014, 8:42 AM by John O'Connor
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Want to check us out?

Come try a Free Class!

Our indoor location is at New England Movement Arts (NEMA)
123 Muller Road, Burlington, MA; cand on Sundays when the weather is nice we're at Memorial Park in Reading MA.

Take a look at our location and training schedule for more information on our sites and times, and contact us to schedule a free visit! 

Also you can check out our Meet-up page.

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