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!


We're pleased to announce the launch of our Women's/LGBTQ group, which will be meeting Sundays from 10–11 AM for self-directed practice, with regular open class afterwards.

PVFA historical fencing classes are continuing 6PM–8PM with full COVID protocols in place. Worcester Fencing Club classes, also with full COVID protocols, are Tuesday from 7:15–8:45. Saturday Worcester class is now on SUNDAY. Women's/LGBTQ Group meets at 10 AM, followed by regular class at 11 AM. Please arrive dressed and ready to go, as changing rooms are not available!


Socially-distanced individual lessons with Ken at your own home, PVFA, WFC, or another location are, of course, always available, as are remote classes. 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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