Early Modern Combat

The first program students complete in the Palm Beach Sword School is 16 weeks of Beginner Training (also known as Early Modern Fencing). The Beginner Training program focuses on the latter era of historical fencing when the firearm was the primary weapon on the battlefield and close quarters weapons such as swords were becoming less common. Students start with this training because it is the most accessible of the Historical European Martial Arts with the historical texts being written in modern english and providing clear instruction.

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Beginner Training begins with Scottish Regimental Broadsword taught the same way it was taught to soldiers in the 18th and 19th century. Following this students learn to use the Highland Targe and study Europe's last warrior culture to see the differences in the two contemporary fighting styles. Next students study the combative systems of the World War era learning to use the Fairbairn Sykes fighting knife. This is followed by a study of pugilism and the art of boxing in Mendoza's style. Finally students learn the quarterstaff and British bayonet fencing.


The Palm Beach Sword School provides Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) training in South Florida.

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