Beginners’ Course Spring 2024

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Luiskatie 8, Helsinki. Entrance is behind the building. Price includes SHMS membership fee for 2024

Suomen Historiallisen Miekkailun Seura offers basic courses in historical fencing between 28 February and 14 April 2024.

We offer beginner courses in Longsword, Rapier, Sabre and Sword & Buckler

The fee allows you to join all classes. You can join the classes even if you miss first week. If you want to start after the second week, please contact SHMS via email (

Rapier beginner’s course on on Wednesdays 18:00-19:30.
On Rapier Beginner’s Course you will learn the basics of Italian Rapier according to Grand Simulacra, written by Ridofo Capo Ferro in 1610.

Longsword beginner’s course on Thursdays 18:00-19:30
Longsword course teaches Italian longsword- and dagger fighting basics, as Fiore dei Liberi demonstrates in his book: Il Fiore De Battaglia (1410).

Sabre beginner’s course on Thursdays 19:30-20:30.
On the beginner’s course you will learn the basics of military sabre according to Charles Roworth’s The Art of Defence on Foot with Broad Sword and Sabre (1804).

Sword and Buckler beginner’s course on Sundays 12:00-14:00.
Sword and Buckler beginner’s course teaches the basics of fighting with sword and buckler. This includes basic stances, footwork, attacking and defending with a side sword and buckler. The course includes drills from Royal Armory Manuscript I.33 (c.a. 1300 – 1320) and will prepare students to progress into sparring and freeplay.

Limited spots available, so sign up in time.

After signing up, course invoice is sent to your email. The due date will be February 14th. If you have to cancel your participation, please contact SHMS before the due date. After the due date participation and invoice can be cancelled only in special cases.

We accept sports benefits (Edenred, Smartum, Epassi). If you wish to pay with these, sign up and ask for payment instructions by email.

If you have to drop out due sickness, paid course fees are valid for next beginners courses.

You will need out/indoor sports attire and it is advisable to have a water bottle. We’ll provide all other necessary equipment. Classes are in Finnish or English, depending on the needs of the participants.
If myclub asks what groups to join, select “Suomen Historiallisen Miekkailun Seura SHMS ry” and “Alkeiskurssi kevät 2024”