Swords of Chivalry

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Program coaches Scott Farrell (left) and Kyle Lazzarevich demonstrate the medieval art of fencing with the German longsword at the 2015 Tournament of the Phoenix in Poway, Calif.

Swords of Chivalry (also known as San Diego Longsword) is a Historical European Martial Arts ("HEMA") interpretative training program.

The study and practice of historical European sword combat (sometimes called HEMA, Western martial arts, historical fencing, or just plain “sword fighting”) is a growing field of study and recreation – an entertaining way to discover a fascinating part of medieval and Renaissance history; get some great physical exercise; and a wonderful place to make some new friends.

The Swords Of Chivalry HEMA program is a medieval sword-fight coaching and training program that is coordinated by the Chivalry Today Educational Program. Swords Of Chivalry is a series of weekly workshops designed to give students of all ages an opportunity to discover, and eventually master, the surprisingly complex practice of medieval sword fighting. 

Drawn directly from historical source material – the fight-books or “manuals of defense” from the 14th and 15th centuries – Swords of Chivalry HEMA program lets you experience the skills of a real medieval knight training for battle, duel, and tournament. The Swords Of Chivalry/San Diego Longsword program is a proud member of the national network of HEMA Alliance affiliated training programs.


  • ​Children (and adults) who are looking for a competitive challenge outside of traditional team sports;
  • Video gamers who want to experience the realities of the “power moves” they see on-screen;
  • LARPers and reenactors who want to bring a new level of authenticity to their activities;
  • Parents and children who are looking for a mutual bonding pastime (we encourage parents and children to work together in our classes);
  • Athletes looking for an interesting cross-training activity;
  • Actors and performers seeking an unusual, dynamic style of stage combat;
  • Anyone seeking an exercise activity emphasizing range-of-motion, coordination, and balance.

The Swords Of Chivalry program teaches the historical sword fighting skills often put to use in tournaments at HEMA conferences and historical reenactment events, like the one shown here. (Photo courtesy of Quinn Sellars.)


Like those knights-in-training of old, the focus of Swords of Chivalry is not just on physical skill, but also on the values of self-discipline, respect, trust, sportsmanship, and honor – the values of the code of chivalry! Each session of Swords of Chivalry is conducted in a safe, supportive environment under the supervision of Scott Farrell (director of the Chivalry Today Educational Program) and his staff of instructors.

Come join us for Swords of Chivalry medieval sword-combat training – whether you want to learn to cross swords and spar with fellow students, or just get a low-impact workout through the range-of-motion physical techniques of the art of defense (it’s like yoga with a sword). Classes for adults and youth/teens (10 and up) are held weekly!


Team Touche Fencing Center
(north-coast San Diego)

     11468 Sorrento Valley Rd. Ste. A-1
     San Diego, CA 92121
     (858) 622-9696

Lionheart Fencing Academy
(east county San Diego)

     1331 N. Cuyamaca St., Suite "E"
     El Cajon, CA  92020
     (619) 462-2027


Team Touche Schedule:

   Youth / Teen:  Fridays, 5:00-6:30 pm

   Adults:  Sundays, 10:30 am-Noon

Lionheart Academy Classes:

   Youth / Teen:  Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 pm

   Adults:  Thursdays, 5:30-7:00 pm

Please confirm class schedules
with your chosen location.

Free Lesson!
( a $25 value )

Just mention this San Diego Longsword / Swords of Chivalry website promotion for your free introductory lesson!

Registration staff at either location can assist you with full details of class schedules and fees. 

We are happy to answer questions or help you get registered. Learn More / Register Now!