Old Dominion Fechtschule

A Chapter of Selohaar Fechtschule

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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Why Study a Historical Martial Art?

The chances you are going to encounter a situation requiring a response with sword, spear, or poleaxe are pretty slim in this day and age. Why then do we study the fighting techniques of obsolete weapons? In his book “Fighting with the German Longsword”, Christian Tobler cites many reasons why someone would want to pursue Historical Martial Arts. Reasons are broad and vary from exercise, personal fulfillment, or just plain fun; to being able to “touch a piece of the past” or feeling closer to one’s ancestors. Whatever motivation brings you to practice Historical European Martial Arts, it is the honor and privilege of the Old Dominion Fechtschule to assist you in achieving goals and broadening your understandings of the Art.