Welcome to the Homepage of the Fechtfabrik. We apologize for having only few pages in languages different from German. We are suited in Frankfurt am Main, a city welcoming people from all over the world. Nevertheless most of the people coming to our place speak the local language. If not we are happy to switch into English any time during our regular classes or workshops. We are working on offering more languages, but this is for the future.
About the Fechtfabrik
The Fechtfabrik (literally fencing factory) is no club, no school, no association! It is a place for martial arts in Frankfurt, Germany. Here you can learn Historical European Martial Arts.
This martial art is here for everyone . It is your personal decision whether you want to learn the art for sporting reasons, for the desire to enjoy the European culture and ways, for the fascination on medieval and renaissance times, for reasons of self-defence, or with the intention of self-assertion. The fencing factory is open to you.
We have founded this place in Frankfurt am Main to bring an old martial art back to life in the tradition of the historical fencing guild, the Marxbrüder. Colloquially often referred only to “sword fighting”, this art includes any fighting with and without weapons for self-defence and chivalrous competitions.
In the Fechtfabrik you will meet friends. Here are expert instructors to guide you on your way to becoming a martial artist, as practiced in Europe for more than 600 years.
When you like to join us, you find at our website the training times for historical fencing .
HEMA, Historical European Martial Arts
In the early 1990s, martial arts enthusiasts began to be interested in the contents of historical fencing books. Beyond the first scientific investigations by Martin Wierschin (1965), Hans Peter Hils (1983) and Huhle Brunk (1987), the first facsimile of the fencing books appeared, such as the edition of Ringer Kunst von Auerswald (Edition Leipzig, 1987 and Wiley-VCH, 1996), the fencing books by Joachim Meyer (edited by Volker Kunkel, 1993), of the I.33 (rendered by Jeffrey Forgeng, 2003). In the meantime, transcriptions appeared in facsimile editions of every meaningful fencing book. But the success story of Historical European Martial Art as a recognized martial art is due to the availability of the originals in digital form. These were transmitted by a large number of independent experts, above all here Dierk hagedorn is to name. Thanks to him and others, we have a large number of transcriptions available free of charge. With more than 150 articles and two scientific publications, one of the founders of the Fechtfabrik contributed to this global effort of research. Most of the articles he wrote can be found in the blog Talhoffer.
Worldwide there are now thousands of fencing groups in all forms of organization from Australia, to Africa, to Chile. The community of historical fencers meets on national and international level. The English name HEMA for Historical European Martial Arts is an established term.