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Sword Academy group photo with young students in first row with sword and buckler (and rapier), students with two handed swords with instructor Milan Petricevic in the middle of the first standing row, and students with staff in the back of the standing row proudly representing HEMA / WMA / Martial Arts. Demonstrating finer points of sword and buckler combat in a form of a drill inspired by historical sources in front of attentive students. Sources from German medieval tradition, form a part of Sword Academy HEMA / WMA / Martial Arts curriculum. Composite image showing attendance to Sword Academy's HEMA / WMA / Martial Arts seminars. From left to right and then downwards: private seminar - introduction to renaissance rapier, outdoors course - introduction to renaissance staff, outdoor course - introduction to medieval longsword, course - introduction to medieval sword and buckler Sword Academy students in an outdoor class under Milan's supervision executes staff exercise / drill inspired by historical sources from the German renaissance tradition, part of Sword Academy HEMA / WMA / Martial Arts curriculum. Milan demonstrates during an outdoor class in front of Sword Academy students wrestling applied to longwrord / sword exercise / drill using a Ringen Am Schwert throw against the charging opponent inspired by historical sources from the German medieval (and renaissance) tradition, part of Sword Academy HEMA / WMA / Martial Arts curriculum.

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Excellence in Western Martial Arts since 2000

Sword Academy is dedicated to the practice and revival of Western Martial Arts (WMA) or Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) in Canada, with focus on Calgary and Alberta. Through the teaching of accurate technique with a strong athletic focus. In combination with the continual study of surviving historical sources and the help of demonstrations, we hope to raise awareness and popularity of the Western Martial Arts (WMA) / Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA).

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Gift Certificates Available

If you are looking for a perfect gift for the sword enthusiast in your family, Sword Academy offers Gift Certificates. These allow for attendance to any Introductory Course. Gift certificates for private lessons and custom events are also available.

Introductory Courses

Are you curious about Western Martial Arts (WMA) / Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA)? Have you ever wondered what real sword-fighting is like? Here is your chance to find out! Sword Academy is now offering Introductory Courses suitable for all ages. These Introductory Courses provide students with a foundation of Western Martial Arts (WMA) / Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) and are the perfect starting point for anyone interested in learning more (and completing one is necessary if you would like to join).

Courses cover Medieval Long Sword, Medieval Sword and Buckler, Renaissance Rapier and Renaissance Staff and run regularly. Check out our Courses section for course schedules and pricing information. Class sizes are limited, so register early and guarantee yourself a spot.
Get ready for a one-of-a-kind experience with Sword Academy – Excellence in Western Martial Arts (WMA) / Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) teaching and practice.

July 2017

Introduction to Medieval Long Sword 29.Jul.2017 – one session @ south (Sat)
Introduction to Renaissance Rapier 29.Jul.2017 – one session @ south (Sat)
Introduction to Renaissance Staff 30.Jul.2017 – one session @ south (Sun)
Introduction to Medieval Sword and Buckler 30.Jul.2017 – one session @ south (Sun)

August 2017
Introduction to Medieval Long Sword 12.Aug.2017 – one session @ south (Sat)
Introduction to Renaissance Rapier 12.Aug.2017 – one session @ south (Sat)
Introduction to Renaissance Staff 13.Aug.2017 – one session @ south (Sun)
Introduction to Medieval Sword and Buckler 13.Aug.2017 – one session @ south (Sun)

Introduction to Renaissance Staff 26.Aug.2017 – one session @ south (Sat)
Introduction to Medieval Sword and Buckler 26.Aug.2017 – one session @ south (Sat)
Introduction to Medieval Long Sword 27.Aug.2017 – one session @ south (Sun)
Introduction to Renaissance Rapier 27.Aug.2017 – one session @ south (Sun)

September 2017
TBA

Antique Weapons, Replicas and Wooden Weapons for Sale

Buy and Sell section features authentic antique weapons, replica weapons, practice steel, aluminum and wooden weapons. Check it out.

What we do

We teach the extremely rich, yet largely forgotten European martial tradition; ranging from the early Dark Ages through the Medieval period and into the late Renaissance. We focus on martially accurate combat based on weapons and techniques described in surviving historical sources across Europe.
Instruction and training at Sword Academy focuses on armed combat with a variety of weapons, but also covers unarmed combat. Most of these weapons are covered in greater detail on this web site under the Weapons menu.
Sword Academy’s emphasis is on the physical application of Western Martial Arts (WMA) / Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) rather than on research and translation of historical sources or publishing interpretations.

We support various charities such as Alexanders Quest, Children’s Link Society and Children’s Wish Foundation.

What we offer

– Martial classes for adults and children (no equipment or experience necessary) – see Classes
– Highly personalized individual or group lessons available (ability to choose an era or weapon) – see Lessons
– Local and out-of-town seminars for groups of 10 or more – see Events
– Employee appreciation day corporate events – see Events
– First class demonstrations for all occasions (medieval feasts, parties, etc.) – see Events
– One-of-a-kind safe sparring (ideal for birthday, bachelor parties or corporate occasions) – see Events
– Lectures on the history, martial arts and weapons of Europe – see Events
– Fight choreography and stage combat lessons (movie or theater)- see Lessons
– Highly configurable events suited for different situations (corporate / private, fun / educational etc.) – see Events
– Promotional events for various occasions – movie and theater opening nights – see Events
– New classes available within Calgary for groups of 10 or more (location and schedule negotiable) – see Lessons

Where we are

We hold classes year-round in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. For information on class location and times check out our Classes section.
Successful completion of the Introductory course is necessary to join.

Achievement through work

At Sword Academy, we strive to offer the best, most historically accurate training possible, while rigorously upholding safety; but ultimately your improvement is in your own hands. What you get out of our classes is directly related to what you put in.

Sword Academy Operates year-round in Calgary

Sword Academy holds members classes year-round in different locations.
More info on the Classes page.

Upcoming seminars in Western Canada

More info on the Events page.
Seminars are planned in summer and fall for Banff, Canmore, Edmonton, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and Red Deer.
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