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


CoViD19 has put rather a big spanner in everyone's 'works', and the SMEF are no exception. All classes are currently suspended and we are waiting for the 'Idiot Apocalypse' to run its course, then we'll see where that leaves us. I hope all who understand the meaning of 'isolation', and why it is currently necessary, stay well, or at least survive to be well again.

Hack'n'Snack is still going to take place at present. We will review the event closer to the time.

If you'd like to contact us about what we do, or future classes, we would be happy to arrange attendance.

We look forward to hearing from you.



Please be aware that the SMEF teaches historical European fencing as it should be : a Martial Art 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 learn properly, come along.

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.

See our review in Oxford's 'Daily Info' website...Ā 

or find us on facebook at:

...and see how many people we've upset this month! (Seems to be an ongoing trend)

Past Events:

Here are a few events that have been or are coming up on the SMEF calendar: 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 wasn't really the main reason we were there, honest!)

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 to anyone as to just how effective these weapons are when used properly.


Book 2 in the series

The second book in the series 'The Art and Science of Johannes Liechtenauer's German Medieval Longsword, Grade 3' is currently in the pipeline, taking a little longer than we would like but all good things come to those who wait (apparently). A rough estimate for publication and availability is late 2020/early 2021, but many things can happen in that time, let's hope they don't get in the way!

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. This seminbar is likely to take place in 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....... 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.....