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 tradition and we'd love to have you learn with us!

Take a class and find out what the art is all about!

As of July 25, SATURDAY classes (masked and with full health precautions) are resuming in Worcester Fencing Club, which is now air-conditioned! Classes will resume in Easthampton in a couple of weeks. We are also meeting in parks in Easthampton and Worcester; have developed a private video workout/lesson library; and 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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