We are a martial arts organization dedicated to studying, reconstructing and training with the German Longsword and other period weapons. LIHFS is prominent member of the Historical European Martial Arts (“HEMA”) community with a focus on the German canon, specifically the Liechtenauer tradition. We are a member of the HEMA Alliance and have many highly seasoned and experienced members. Our program is intensive and focused on teaching the fundamentals. We take pride in building a progressive understanding of the art and students receive hands on instruction from one or more of our instructors. Our program is offered on a two-tiered system – Novice and Intermediate. We offer two options - $20 per 2 hour class, or a block of 10 classes for $149 – first class is free!. Once our students complete the Novice and Intermediate Modules, they will be invited to take the Haupstück (Entry Level) exam. If the student passes the exam, they will have an option to become a member and proceed to the Advanced Module or continue to take a-la-carte classes.
We have multiple classes per week to fit your schedule – PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR SCHEDULE.
Classes will begin with warm-ups and review of prior sessions, continue with new techniques, and finish with specific drills designed to refine the new techniques covered. This comprehensive longsword training program is based principally on the manuscript of 14th century German Master Johannes Liechtenauer, as interpreted by the LIHFS. In addition to our own interpretation of the Liechtenauer canon, including the commentary and interpretations by Sigmund Ringeck, Peter Von Danzig, Codex Döbringer (MS 3227a), Hans Talhoffer, Paulus Kal, Andres Lignitzer, and Ott Jud and others, we have consulted with and incorporated relevant interpretations and teachings of the leading modern day masters.
It may have looked like a scene from HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” but the action was actually happening at the Omni Fitness Center in Uniondale, NY as members of the Long Island Historical Fencing Society demonstrated the martial art of sword fighting as it was practiced in medieval and Renaissance Europe. Our local newspaper, “Newsday,” showcased the club in a video feature by Jeffrey Basinger and a print article by Kay Blough.
For the full web feature, please go to“Historical Fencing Society Gets to the Point with Medieval Martial Art”
To download a PDF copy of the newspaper's in-depth print article, please click here!
Compete in any event in the LIHFS Triathlon on Saturday, Dec. 2:
Prizes to top eight competitors in Blossfechten and top three in Paired Technique and Harnischfechten, with event champion to be crowned at dinner after the tournament. Purpleheart Armoury will be sponsoring the harnischfechten competition. Purpleheart's classic wooden longsword wasters (which will be the midrange weapon used in the harness event) will be awarded as prizes for the top two finishers. Prizes will also include several signed copies of the new book on cutting mechanics by Mike Edelson of New York Historical Fencing Association.
Spectating is free of charge (purchasing a dinner ticket is recommended). Hotel: The official hotel will be the Long Island Marriott in Uniondale, just a two-minute drive (or 10-minute walk) from the event. We have 25 rooms at the hotel blocked for Long Island Point for Friday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 2. Cost is $125 per night. Call 516-794-3800 or Click here
Reconstructing Historical European Martial Arts(HEMA) LIHFS is a modern martial arts organization dedicated to studying, reconstructing and training with the German Longsword. LIHFS is not a re-enactment or LARP organization, nor a theatrical or "stage-fighting" group. This comprehensive longsword training program is based principally on the manuscript of 14th century German Master Johannes Liechtenauer, as interpreted by the LIHFS.
We are pleased to announce that we have partnered with Omni Fitness Center! Featuring a spacious 1800 sq. ft. fencing and fitness studio with 30 ft. ceilings and an upper floor observation deck, the Omni Fitness Center is a full service gym, complete with a dedicated cardio room, free weights and strength equipment. Members enjoy our spacious locker rooms with steam and sauna rooms as well.
The mission of our instructors is to recreate and practice the medieval German Kunst des Fechtens (the “Art of Fighting"), which was an incredibly complex and sophisticated martial arts system. Through our ongoing research, LIHFS will bring to life the teachings of the historical masters via our proprietary Curriculum, which is one of the most thorough and authentic programs available to the modern student.