Swordwind was founded by Eric Lowe in 2014. 

We are a martial arts school that studies and trains unarmored medieval fencing with one and two-handed swords in the German tradition of Johannes Liechtenauer and Italian Bolognese tradition.



Wikipedia - "Historical European martial arts (HEMA) refers to martial arts of European origin, particularly using arts formerly practiced, but having since died out or evolved into very different forms...

...surviving dedicated technical treatises or combat manuals date to the Late Middle Ages and the Early Modern period. For this reason, the focus of HEMA is de facto on the period of the half-millennium of ca. 1300 to 1800, with a German and an Italian school flowering in the Late Middle Ages and the Renaissance (14th to 16th centuries), followed by Spanish, French, English and Scottish schools of fencing in the modern period (17th and 18th centuries). Arts of the 19th century such as classical fencing, and even early hybrid styles such as Bartitsu may also be included in the term HEMA in a wider sense, as may traditional or folkloristic styles attested in the 19th and early 20th centuries, including forms of folk wrestling and traditional stick fighting methods..."


No two people come to play with swords with exactly the same motivation.  For some, it is a chance to make history real.  For others, it is a chance to connect with the martial heritage of their ancestors.  Some find it an engaging way to stay in shape.  Others love the thrill of competition.  


All are welcome. 
All people of all shapes, sizes, colors, and experience levels are welcome.  We ask only that you train earnestly and treat others with respect.


We approach our training from three approaches:

  • Historical Technique: Studying period treatises and reconstructing the techniques they describe, keeps our fencing grounded in the experience of people who successfully trained generations of fencers to survive real sword fights.


  • Sparring: By applying our reconstructions against live opponents*, we test how well we have learned the lessons of past masters.

    • *Using blunt swords, wearing appropriate protection!

  • Test Cutting: Cutting stationary targets with sharp swords gives us appreciation for how edged weapons work, and ensures that the way that we move in sparring would produce real wounds.


We are a member of the...

Historical European Martial Arts Alliance (HEMAA)

We are a part of the ...

Piedmont Historical Fencing League (PHFL).

For Questions /  Contact us at SwordwindHS@Gmail.com

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