Contacting SMEF

You can contact us via this pro-forma:

Alternatively, you can find us on Facebook.

We will soon have a YouTube channel with helpful training exercises and useful snippets of information available to our followers, as well as Chris, our Chief Instructor, waxing lyrical about something or another.

I can't wait!

If you are interested in finding out more about the events and activities listed below then get in touch....

Forthcoming events


We are currently looking to move the Chadlington class to a more easily accessible location and nearer to Witney. The main issue is finding a venue large enough and generating sufficient interest to offset the increase in hall costs as a consequence.

Due to the constant creeping increase in running costs we've had to increase our charges as from the 1st October 2019. The current prices found on the 'Training and Venues' page reflect this. We will continue to keep costs low in order to allow everybody an opportunity to learn. We are not in this for profit and all SMEF instructors give their time freely and at no monetary benefit to themselves. This increase is our first since we started formally paying for venues in 2004, so we think it not unreasonable. Thanks to all who continue to support us.

Please be aware that the SMEF teach HEMA and not the sport, re-enactment or LARP related activities. A Martial Art can be used in every scenario but NOT the other way around. Classes are disciplined and training intense so if you think you have the dedication and commitment necessary to practise HEMA properly, come along.

We are always happy to consider starting and running new SMEF classes and if you think there is an interest and venue for a class near you please contact us.

If you're starting up a proper martial HEMA group and require some support then get in touch. We have a depth of knowledge and resources that can help.

The SMEF are always happy to run seminars if you should so desire. Whether you are a modern martial arts group who want a taste of medieval German longsword, or an existing HEMA group who wants a different perspective, let us know.

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Past Events:

Here are a few events that have been or are coming up on the SMEF calendar:

May 5th, 2018

Chris, Neal and Ian ran a Saturday seminar for the Sheffield chapter of the Society for the Study of Swordsmanship.
This went very well with a respectable attendance. We covered footwork, the True Times of Distance, the Moment of Instability and martially correct movement, concluding with how to apply these in a controlled sparring environment instigated from the 'pat-a-cake' exercise. A big 'thank you' to Lynne for her hospitality and organisational skills. The food, beer and company were excellent.

July 20th to 22nd, 2018.

A weekend of practice cutting with a variety of live weapons on different target mediums.

This event focuses on understanding how bladed weapons relate to body mechanics and how that reflects on the reality of fighting with a sharp weapon.

SMEF members and external invite only. 2019

The SMEF 2019 AGM

We didn't beat the 2017 record of 20 seconds but managed to tie it all up in 10 mins and was quickly followed by a curry (which is nice!)

SMEF back at SSS Sheffield

To continue our support for SSS Sheffield's desire to pursue proper HEMA training and reinforce our previous successful visit with another, (and an excuse for good company, good food/beer and a good laugh!)

Hack'n'Snack 2019

Excellent event this year and a good crowd generally. No overly silly antics but lots of information exchanged and interest generated. You'll never understand how a sword works unless you use it for cutting, and then you should fully realise why certain techniques are very much associated with certain weapon types. Essential if you're a serious researcher, and an eye opener as to just how effective these weapons are when used properly.


Advanced Martial Seminar - How to teach SMEF HEMA

A weekend seminar concerning the teaching of advanced martial principles of timing and distance to beginners and experienced students alike. Unlikely to find the opportunity in 2019 so hopefully 2020.

Hack'n'Snack 2020

A 3 day seminar concerning the proper mechanics of cutting with live blades against various different mediums. Additional activities, social/martial exchanges and food included. SMEF members and invite only though leave the ego at the door! Interested in attending? Contact us.

Seminar in France in 2020?

We are currently looking into the feasibility of running a day/weekend seminar if France.

SMEF back in Sheffield?

We are always in touch with our SSS Sheffield friends so likely to be there at least once a year.

More to come.....