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 

Class this week: 11/3/2014 - 11/7/2014


Warm ups

Review and practice various drills

Limited sparing  

Open sparing


Interpretation, drills, and sparring


Interpretation, drills, and sparring

  • Happy New Year!  Welcome to 2014 -- 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 2014 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
  • Beginners Class: First Steps to First Sparring
    A four week class focused on the basics of structure, footwork,

    timing, and distance to introduce beginners to sparring in the German

    longsword tradition.

    Starting 10/5/2014
    Cost $40.00 for the four classes 
    Posted Sep 22, 2014, 9:32 AM 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
  • Iron Gate Exhibition 2014

    Friday, 9/26 - Sunday, 9/28
    Boston, MA
    Our mission will continue to be to showcase Historical Martial Arts by honoring the Old World Fechtschule tradition (i.e. skillful displays of traditional martial arts) in our modern-day home in New England, USA.  
    3 days of TOURNAMENTS

    CUTTING (Basic and Advanced)





    3 days of CLASSES

    AXEL PETTERSSON [Sweden] -- Longsword: staying safe in the "box" and playing for the head

    BILL FRISBEE [NH] -- Harnischfechten: why every HEMA practitioner should try it

    CHARLES DEILY [MA] -- A Vor and Nach model in Fiore's dagger, grappling and sword

    CHARLES MURDOCK [VT] -- Meyer's longsword secondary cuts

    CHRIS THOMPSON [ME] -- Highland Broadsword Tactics

    EUGEN KAREL [Austria] -- What Paulus Hector Mair could do with his staff

    FABRICE COGNOT [France] -- The French Rapier: how we finally managed to make the Italian rapier work

    FRAN TERMINIELLO [United Kingdom] -- Manciolino Sword and Buckler

    HARRY WINTER [Austria] -- Dagger Plays of Lignitzer and Wallerstein

    JAKE PRIDDY [WV] -- Steeling the Center: Movement and Initiative in Liechtenauer's Longsword Traditions

    JAMES CLARK [VA] -- Montante Strikes and Postures: The Utility of Postura Recta

    JEREMY STEFLIK [CT] -- Fixed Bayonets!

    NATHAN GREPARES [TX] -- David and Goliath: how to conquer height discrepancies

    OMAR RODRIGUEZ [Mexico] -- Principios Básicos de la Verdadera Destreza (Basic principles of Verdadera Destreza)

    PIERMARCO TERMINIELLO [United Kingdom] -- Two Swords from Palladini, Altoni, and Docciolini

    REBECCA BOYD [MO] -- From the Salle to the Field: Classical Fencing for Historical Practice

    TIM HALL [VA], MICHAEL-FOREST MESERVY [NV], KEITH COTTER-REILLY [GA/Ireland]: Midday Brawlers: a HEMA Wrestling Clinic

    2 evenings of LECTURES

    BRIAN STOKES [CA] -- The Fiore Getty manuscript: an in-depth look

    MICHAEL CHIDESTER [MA] -- The Flower of Battle: Building a Bigger Picture of the Italic and Germanin manuscripts

    PIERMARCO TERMINIELLO [United Kingdom] -- Italian Treatises from 1510-1640, with a study of Palladini's unpublished manuscript

    DR. FABRICE COGNOT [France] -- "Streets of Blood": dueling culture in France in the Renaissance

    HARRY WINTER [Austria] -- Piercing the veil of academic fraternity fencing (aka Mensur)

    JEAN CHANDLER [LA] -- The Place of the Sword within the Social Estates of the Late Medieval World

    And last but certainly not least: another US HEMA LIVESTREAM SERIES production, building on our experience from last year and introducing new elements, including EXHIBITION BOUTS -- more details to come shortly, stay tuned for special future livestream announcements... 

    Early registration will begin shortly, so mark your calendars!  Prepare to answer our call to arms and visit us this Fall for the biggest HEMA event we've hosted to date!  

    Rebecca Boyd, Charles Deily, & Jeff Tsay
    - Co-hosts of Iron Gate Exhibition (www.irongateexhibition.com)
    - Directors respectively of Second Intent Fencing (www.secondintentfencing.com), Boston Armizare (www.scholasaintgeorge.org) & Forte Swordplay (www.forteswordplay.com)
    - Members of WMAC (www.wmacoalition.com)
    Posted Sep 8, 2014, 10:24 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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