What is HEMA?

Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) involves the study and practice of historical fighting techniques left behind by dead, European masters.  Through translation and recreation, these fighting systems are brought back to life in the present.

What we do

Centerline Sword School teaches Historical European Martial Arts. At Centerline Sword School, we  interpret, recreate, and teach the methods found in historical manuals of Italian and German masters of arms.

Armizare
Tradition

Armizare Tradition

An Italian weapons system of the aristocratic elite from the 14th century founded by Fiore dei Liberi.

Freifechter
Tradition

Freifechter Tradition

A German weapons system of the burgher class from the 16th century as cataloged by Joachim Meyer.

Instructors

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Brent Bloem

Brent Bloem is a Scholler of The Black Falcon School of Arms. He has been fencing since 2006 and has studied both England’s Harleian longsword and Fiore Dei Liberi’s Armizare. Before founding WMSA, Brent was an instructor at Waubonsie Historic Swordsmanship and Grand Valley State University HEMA.

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Cameron Metcalf

Cameron Metcalf has been an active competitor in HEMA tournaments since 2017. He studies Joachim Meyer’s German tradition of swordsmanship with a focus on longsword, dagger, and ringen. Before founding WMSA Cameron was an instructor at Grand Valley State University HEMA.

Shane Hillen
Shane Hillen

Since 2018, Shane Hillen studied with multiple instructors simultaneously each week.  He entered the tournament scene in 2019 winning sword in one hand at the Midwinter Armizare in Chicago, and medaled in several other tournments.  He has also achieved the rank of Fechter in Longsword at the Meyer Freifechter Guild in 2019.

Ehren Wynder
Ehren Wynder

Ehren Wynder has been involved in historical fencing since late 2017 and is a practitioner primarily of Spanish rapier and German longsword fencing.  Active in both HEMA and the SCA, He has amassed a handful of accolades from the SCA and holds a 2nd Dan black belt in Tang Soo Do. 

Wednesday Class
6pm-8pm

1415 Maynard Ave SW, Walker, MI 49534

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Wednesday Class
6pm-8pm

1415 Maynard Ave SW, Walker, MI 49534

Centerline Sword School 2020 © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Menu footage courtesy of Grand Rapids Drone Co.

What is HEMA?

Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) involves the study and practice of historical fighting techniques left behind by dead, European masters.  Through translation and recreation, these fighting systems are brought back to life in the present.

What we do

Centerline Sword School teaches Historical European Martial Arts. At Centerline Sword School, we interpret, recreate, and teach the methods found in historical manuals of Italian and German masters of arms.

Armizare
Tradition

Armizare Tradition

An Italian weapons system of the aristocratic elite from the 14th century founded by Fiore dei Liberi.

Freifechter
Tradition

Freifechter Tradition

A German weapons system of the burgher class from the 16th century as cataloged by Joachim Meyer.

Instructors

14138811_10208277547150908_8144406677427712888_o
Brent Bloem

Brent Bloem is a Scholler of The Black Falcon School of Arms. He has been fencing since 2006 and has studied both England’s Harleian longsword and Fiore Dei Liberi’s Armizare. Before founding WMSA, Brent was an instructor at Waubonsie Historic Swordsmanship and Grand Valley State University HEMA.

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Cameron Metcalf

Cameron Metcalf has been an active competitor in HEMA tournaments since 2017. He studies Joachim Meyer’s German tradition of swordsmanship with a focus on longsword, dagger, and ringen. Before founding WMSA Cameron was an instructor at Grand Valley State University HEMA.

Shane Hillen
Shane Hillen

Since 2018, Shane Hillen studied with multiple instructors simultaneously each week.  He entered the tournament scene in 2019 winning sword in one hand at the Midwinter Armizare in Chicago, and medaled in several other tournments.  He has also achieved the rank of Fechter in Longsword at the Meyer Freifechter Guild in 2019.

Ehren Wynder
Ehren Wynder

Ehren Wynder has been involved in historical fencing since late 2017 and is a practitioner primarily of Spanish rapier and German longsword fencing.  Active in both HEMA and the SCA, He has amassed a handful of accolades from the SCA and holds a 2nd Dan black belt in Tang Soo Do. 

Get In Touch

Leave us a message

Centerline Sword School 2020 © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Menu footage courtesy of Grand Rapids Drone Co.