The Salle is a supporter of the Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) Alliance .  HEMAA is a “Not for Profit” entity dedicated to documented methods of armed and unarmed personal and group combat of European origin. The term HEMA is most often used for the reconstruction of medieval martial arts, because no systematic manuals for combat have been discovered earlier than the late middle ages. However, the scope of the HEMA alliance extends to all martial studies that come from historical Europe, from the Roman gladius to the Fairbairn-Sykes knife of World War II.  As Salle Marquis de Lafayette LLC is a “For Profit” school,  meaning that we charge for our services, we are an Official Supporter of HEMAA, rather than an “Affiliate”.   However, we will enjoy access to many benefits of information and research as well as insurance coverage for our Historical Students, something that the USFA does not cover.

At the Salle we will devote our attention to the School of Liberi for the Long Sword, Marozzo for the Bolgonese Sword and Capo Ferro for the Rapier.  Recently, we commenced instruction with the Long Sword and will be adding the other disciplines within the coming year.   So far, our students have been quite amazed at the ready similarity of “modern” techniques that actually date from 1409!   So come and join the fun and learn a bit about your ancestors along the way.  The blade awaits!