Join Today – Learn HEMA/Longsword Fencing in Detroit MI

Love swords? Looking for a new challenge? You’ve come to the right place to learn HEMA/Longsword Fencing in Detroit, MI!

All new students begin their training in our Introduction course. During this 8-week session, participants will learn the basic use of the longsword including cuts, thrusts, body mechanics, footwork, and the role it played in different historical periods and locations. Students also learn the most practical skill we teach – falling down safely! At the end of the course, students will get a chance to test what they’ve learned in a test cutting against simple targets. All equipment is provided for you; as part of your class fee we supply you with a fencing mask that is yours to keep!

Introduction courses start monthly, alternating between a weekend session one month and a weekday session the other. Pick the one that works best for you and come play with swords with us!

Unsure about what this HEMA thing is or just want to check out the school? Try one of our Taster classes! You’ll get to fondle some swords, learn a longsword play, and meet some of our instructors.

Ars Gladii does require all members to be 18 years of age or older.



  • April 2021 Intro Class
    April 7, 2021 - May 26, 2021
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Start your training with Ars Gladii at our Introduction class. During this 8-week class, students will learn the basics of fencing with the longsword – how to cut, thrust, and move with a historical weapon. They will also be introduced to the surviving historical manuscripts that form the basis of our art and how we (more…)


  • March 2021 Intro Class
    March 6, 2021 - April 24, 2021
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Start your training with Ars Gladii at our Introduction class. During this 8-week class, students will learn the basics of fencing with the longsword – how to cut, thrust, and move with a historical weapon. They will also be introduced to the surviving historical manuscripts that form the basis of our art and how we (more…)

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