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Dates are announced for the fourth annual


March 15th - 17th, 2012
Houston, Texas.  U.S.A.

Register opens soon at

Fechtschule America* is balanced to provide great training opportunities for both new and veteran Western martial artists.  Once again we are amassing top caliber instructors from all over the world to provide the absolute best instruction possible to the American audiences.  As always, this year's teaching staff will include instructors teaching for the first time in the U.S. as well as some of your long time favorites!  Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity!

Fechtschule America is home to North America's largest open international longsword tournament.  Additionally, in previous years Fechtschule America has helped break new competitive ground by hosting the first open international dussack tournament and the first fully-realized Franco-Belgian Guild rules longsword tournament in several hundred years.  This year Fechtschule America will host both of these tournaments as well North America's largest WMA/HEMA specific open international longsword tournament.  We are also working on yet another unique competitive fencing opportunity but we'll announce that at a later date!

Come put your school's technique to the test on the biggest competitive stage in this side of the Atlantic Ocean and show the world what you've got in North America's most prestigious WMA/HEMA specific competition:

The Hammertertz Forum Open International Tournaments!


Rest assured that even in this tight economy the hosts of Fechtshule America are dedicated to keeping the costs low and the value high.  As in previous years we will be offering discounted hotel arrangements as well as travel to and from the airport for our out of town guests.  No other event does this!  See the appropriate pages for all the details.


Registration is open and we are finalizing the instruction staff and schedule of events.  Check the site frequently for the latest details such as tournament rules, updated instructor lists, schedules, and some of our surprise events!

This event is perfect for martial artists, researchers, stage combatants, sports fencers, SCA/re-enactors/LARP, and living history enthusiasts of all skill levels.

Fechtschule America is brought to you through the joint cooperation of The Western Martial Arts Coalition and The Historical European Martial Arts Alliance and hosted by Schwert am Schwert, Houston.

We'll see you in Houston!



*A Fechtschule is an old European tradition in which local and visiting instructors would host a unique event to offer focused combat training, present skillful displays, and hold specialized tournaments to amuse and entertain excited spectators.


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