Classes are 60 minutes long. Not only do we focus on how to use a sword, but we make sure members are educated on how to use their bodies effectively. We do paired drills, solo forms, sparring, historical research, and so much more! Our classes are open to anyone over the age of 16, but we also offer youth classes, and monthly women's classes as well.
We have all the equipment that you will need to participate in class and in sparring. It is recommended that you wear comfortable shoes and clothing that would be suitable for exercise. We are a modern club whose members wear modern clothes. Period or reenactment clothing is not part of our uniform.
In addition to formal classes, we believe sparring is an invaluable tool to pressure test learned techniques. Members are encouraged (but not required) to spar after obtaining approval from our instructors. Safety is our top priority in everything we do, and we expect all members to adhere to our standards of safety.
We have a brand new studio designed for and dedicated to the study of Historical European Martial Arts. We're very proud of our studio as it provides a space to study, spar, and hang out. We offer a medieval list for fighting, a small library, large open floor for training, and a welcoming seating area for visitors and members. Our studio also has exceptional rubber flooring with foam padding underneath to provide an optimal training surface that's easy on the joints. Recently we added a power rack and weights to our facility for those on the athletic track. We've also got a mini fridge full of cold water, a niche library with rare books, and an unusual amount of Sour Patch Kids candy.
There is ample parking, wheelchair accessibility, a family friendly restroom with a change table, and a well-lit parking lot after dark. You'll find us next to the Sonic and directly behind the Vet Clinic. We hope to see you soon!
We have a community library inside our studio that is full of exciting books! A large portion of our pursuit is academic and stems from engaging with historical documents to better inform our understanding of Medieval and Renaissance martial arts. The Mordhau Library now has a digital catalogue and check-out system that can be accessed by members in good standing. Within the library members can find rare facsimiles of medieval manuscripts such as the Talhoffer Fechtbuch (MS Thott.290.2o) or the Bauman Fechtbuch (Cod. Ⅰ.6.4º.2; sometimes called Codex Wallerstein). The library also includes books on medieval history, modern sports science, military history, historical fencing, and more!
Our studio offers a cozy nook with couches and pillows where members can browse the collection and engage in private study. Of course, to make it even more comfortable, we've added a small coffee/tea/snack bar that is free for members. So maybe you don't feel like getting a sword workout all the time, but you still want to do 'sword stuff' - our suggestion is to pull out one of our many books, grab some tea, and start reading!
To browse our current collection (which is always growing) you can find our digital catalogue here: Mordhau Library | TinyCat (librarycat.org)
Browsing the library is open to everyone, but checking out a book to take home is limited to current members in good standing.
Mordhau Historical Combat does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of our activities or operations. We expect that ego and politics are left at the door for the duration of class to ensure the comfort of all students.