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).
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.
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.
Introduction to Medieval Long Sword 21.Sep.2019 – one session @ south (Sat)
Introduction to Renaissance Rapier 21.Sep.2019 – one session @ south (Sat)
Introduction to Renaissance Staff 22.Sep.2019 – one session @ south (Sun)
Introduction to Medieval Sword and Buckler 22.Sep.2019 – one session @ south (Sun)
Introduction to Medieval Long Sword 05.Oct.2019 – one session @ south (Sat)
Introduction to Renaissance Rapier 05.Oct.2019 – one session @ south (Sat)
Introduction to Renaissance Staff 06.Oct.2019 – one session @ south (Sun)
Introduction to Medieval Sword and Buckler 06.Oct.2019 – one session @ south (Sun)
Introduction to Renaissance Staff 19.Oct.2019 – one session @ south (Sat)
Introduction to Medieval Sword and Buckler 19.Oct.2019 – one session @ south (Sat)
Introduction to Medieval Long Sword 20.Oct.2019 – one session @ south (Sun)
Introduction to Renaissance Rapier 20.Oct.2019 – one session @ south (Sun)
November 2019 and beyond
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.