New England Sword Gathering

In New England, the Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) community hosts one another in a rotating series of “gatherings” for free fencing, exchanging of ideas, and providing attendees opportunities to broaden and deepen their understanding and practice of HEMA. Originally called Boston Sword Gatherings, the growth of HEMA in New England has allowed us to revitalize this tradition as New England Sword Gatherings (NESGs).

This page provides a schedule of upcoming events. Please reach out to the hosting club via their event link below for further details. The schedule will be updated periodically, so check back often!

To post questions or info to the New England HEMA community, email the NESG mailing list or find us on Facebook

 

2019

Date(s) Facebook Event Host Website & Latest Details
9/27-29 Iron Gate Exhibition 2019 Athena School of Arms, Boston Armizare, Forte Swordplay Website Longsword, Mixed Weapons, Ringen, Cutting Tournament, 3 days of tournaments, classes, and free fencing!
6/28-30 2019 Brass Frog Assault of Arms Western Swordsmanship Technique & Research Events will include: Military Sabre/Backsword, Smallsword, and Baton. Over the course of the three day event there will be classes and clinics dealing with the history and unique aspects of Victorian-era weapon systems and other topics.
3/16 crunkhau 2019 Athena School of Arms hahaha….
1/26 Swords of the North III Resurgum HEMA Free Fencing all night!
1/12

Intermediate Test-Cutting with the Longsword

Athena School of Arms Registration Link Methods of increasing complexity in test-cutting practice while maintaining martial applicability. This workshop is designed for those who have experience test-cutting and are confident in their fundamentals.

2018

Date(s) Facebook Event Host Website & Latest Details
12/9 Cambridge Assault of Arms Athena School of Arms The first tournament of the New England Broadsword League. Classes in Broadsword, Saber and Smallsword!
11/16-18 Long Island Point 2018 Long Island Historical Fencing Society Website: Longsword, Sword & Buckler, and classes!
10/27-28 Workshops with Ton Puey Athena School of Arms Registration Link Join us for a weekend of workshops with renowned destreza instructor Ton Puey. More details and registration information coming soon. There will be a chance for private lessons.
9/28-30 Iron Gate Exhibition (IGX) Athena, Forte, Boston Armizare Website: Longsword, Dagger, Mixed Weapons, Cutting Tournaments, 3 days of hands-on Workshops and Free Fencing!
8/2-5 Fechtsule Frisbee New Hampshire KdF Website, Event page: Classes and Horse-y HEMA!
6/24 Devon Boorman Rapier & Longsword Workshop Athena School of Arms Workshops in Italian Rapier & Longsword with master instructor Devon Boorman from Academie Duello. Space limited
6/16 Boar’s Tooth 2018 Boston Armizare Registration Link; Open Longsword Tournament (IGX 2018 Rules test), Free Fencing, and Classes!
5/4 NESG: Archery Tag Athena, Forte, Boston Armizare We all love attacking each other with swords, but this time, we are going to change things up with some ranged combat!
4/28-29 Symposium at Mass Center for Renaissance Studies Association for Renaissance and Medieval Swordsmanship Website; Lectures with Daniel Jaquet and Donald La Rocca on Saturday, and a “Performing the Flügelhau” workshop on Sunday. Putting the ‘H’ in HEMA!
3/24-3/25 Brass Frog Assault of Arms Western Swordsmanship Technique and Research Website; Military Sabre/Backsword, Smallsword and one other surprise team event, plus classes
2/24 NESG: Classes Extravaganza! Athena School of Arms Classes, Free fencing, art/knowledge share with local Viking Irish group
2/10 Northampton Women’s HEMA Seminar Worcester Historical Swordsmanship Event Canceled
1/20 Swords in the North Resurgam HEMA Free fencing, event fees/proceeds go toward raising sparring steel equipment for the club

2017

Date(s) Facebook Event Host Website & Latest Details
12/1-12/3 Long Island Point Long Island Historical Fencing Society Triathlon: Blossfechten (longsword), Paired Technique, Harnischfechten
11/4 La Morte Delle Zucche! (The Death of the Pumpkins!) Boston Armizare Pumpkin cutting and free fencing
9/29-10/1 Iron Gate Exhibition (IGX) Athena, Forte Website: Longsword, Dagger, Mixed Weapons, Cutting Tournaments, 3 days of hands-on Workshops and Free Fencing!
8/17-8/20 Fechtschule Frisbee NHKdF Website: New to the region: Horsey HEMA! Longsword tournament, Ringen Workshop by Tim Hall, classes and workshops all weekend.
7/29 Fairfax Mini-Ren Faire Grünberg Freifechter Open demos for Dussack and Ringen, Introductory Longsword Lesson, Open testing of the IGX 2017 dagger ruleset, Open Longsword tournament utilizing modified Swiss pairings technique, Colchester’s Mead Hall for old world dinner fixings and drinks
7/2 NESG: Adventure Room Boston Armizare Please sign up via the Facebook event or or email Mike O’Brien via the NESG mailing list to sign up — spots limited!
6/17 Boar’s Tooth Boston Armizare WebsiteEvents will include: Longpoint South 2017 Longsword qualifier tourney, IGX dagger rules test tourney, clinic on Stretto (Ringen am schwert) of Fiore dei Liberi, and more TBA
4/22 Symposium at Mass Center for Renaissance Studies Association for Renaissance and Medieval Swordsmanship Website
4/1-4/2 Brass Frog Assault of Arms Western Swordsmanship Technique and Research WebsiteEvents will include: Military Sabre/Backsword, Great Stick and Smallsword
2/25 NESG #4 Resurgam HEMA Lectures (Viking Age experimental Archaeology), Scottish broadsword workshop, Elizabethan rapier fencing demo; register by email (resurgamhema@gmail.com)
1/29 Cakefecht Athena School of Arms Longpoint South 2017 Longsword qualifier Tourney, Fitness clinic and Rapier clinic, free fencing

2016

Date(s) Event Host Latest Update
12/17-12/18 Longsword Seminar Long Island Historical Fencing Society Featuring Hugh Knight
11/20 NESG #1 Forte Swordplay Footwork clinic, beginner’s clinic, mini tournament