Welcome! We are a community of Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) practitioners from Central and Western Massachusetts. We specialize in longsword, rapier, bâton, sabre, and more!


We learn from both historical sources and living traditions and we'd love to have you study with us! Take a class and find out what the art is all about!


PVFA historical fencing classes will resume Mondays at 6PM–8PM with full COVID protocols in place, starting October 5th. We'll be restarting weekday classes at Worcester Fencing Club the following day, Tuesday the 6th, at 7:15–8:45. Saturday Worcester class at 12:45 will continue as scheduled (entry at 12:40). Please arrive dressed and ready to go!


Socially-distanced individual lessons with Ken at your own home are, of course, always available. Please contact us for more information and to get on the mailing list and Facebook discussion group.

Worcester Fencing Club

243 Stafford Street

Worcester, MA 01603

Pioneer Valley Fencing Academy

94 Cottage Street

Easthampton, MA 01027

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DISCLAIMER: Massachusetts Historical Swordsmanship is not legally associated with Pioneer Valley Fencing Academy or Worcester Fencing Club. MHS is a community of fencers taught by Dr. Ken Mondschein and "the community" is not affiliated legally with either club. Classes are offered separately through MHS and PVFA.

We are actively anti-sexist, anti-racist, and LGTBQ-affirming, and do not tolerate hate in any form.

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