"I tell you truthfully, no man can defend safely."
- Liechtenauer's Zettel MS3227a
HEMA - Historical European Martial Arts
HEMA is the study of different weapon systems dating back to the medieval period (and sometimes beyond). Courses are structured around particular manuscripts and fechtbuch that historical masters have left behind.
At Bastion, our main focus are on medieval German text such as MS 3227A, Leckuchner, Ringeck on Liechtenauer, I.33, Peter Falkner, Talhoffer. While these treatises are the main focus, others such as Fiore dei liberi, Paulus Hector Mair, Sir William Hope and more, would be examined briefly to round out the student's education.
Historical fencing is a great way of connecting the scholarly pursuit of learning from history, together with the adrenaline filled fun of learning on how to handle various historical weapons.
Bastion - Historical Fencing Academy
We are a Historical European Martial Arts Academy located in Singapore!
Bastion was founded on the passions of teaching and swordfighting. Our instructors have experience teaching private groups, public lessons, as well as one-to-one coaching.
We aim to provide a quality experience, and to serve as an authority in assisting our students to learn more about historical fencing.
Our school is a proponent of combining drills and sparring. We believe that through sparring, a fighter can express themselves using the techniques that they have acquired through their hard work.
Come join us for a session of excitement filled sword fighting!
The Messer is a weapon of humble origin. Easily forged and adopted for self defence by many during the medieval times. It is a single edged blade, and characterised by the nagel.
The Sword and Buckler is a combination of an arming sword or messer, with a buckler in the left hand. It was a popular weapon system during the 14th Century, used by soldiers and civilians alike.
The Longsword, also known as a 'hand and a half', was extensively used by knights on the battlefield and in judicial duels. Its usefulness in combating armored and unarmored foes cemented its legacy in history.
Polearms have a a long history. In fact, the spear was probably mankind's earliest weapon. Its effective design and long history attests to it's effectiveness on the battlefield. The spear eventually developed into other weapons like the pikes, poleaxe, halberd, berdiche, and many more during the medeival and renaissance period.