Who We Are
The Old Dominion Fechtschule (German for 'Fencing School') is a group of individuals interested in pursuing the Martial Arts traditions of Medieval and Renaissance Europe. The club focuses on the fighting techniques of the German fencing tradition established by Johannes Liechtenauer in the 14th century. The club is a chapter of the greater organization, Selohaar Fechtschule, which is headed by Christian Tobler, internationally renowned instructor and author.
We approach training in a holistic manner, encompassing several aspects of the German Martial Arts system creating a steady transition between several different period weapons and even unarmed techniques. Although instruction is primarily rooted in unarmored longsword technique (Blossfechten), other weapons, including dagger, spear, poleaxe, and Messer are integrated into the curriculum. To complement the armed techniques, unarmed portions of the art are also taught, which include defenses against an armed adversary, as well as wrestling and grappling.
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