Historical European Martial Arts School

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Historical European Martial Arts in Spokane, WA

What is HEMA?

HEMA stands for Historical European Martial Arts, which is a blanket term for martial arts of European origin that were formerly practiced, but may have since died out. HEMA encompasses many styles, both armed and unarmed, with multiple origins such as Germany, England, Italy, Spain etc. Many such arts are reconstructed and practiced anew with vigor all over the world.


What is KdF?

KdF is an acronym for Kunst des Fechtens, a term that translates to The Art of Fencing/Fighting, and was used by the practitioners of the German Martial Arts to refer to systems of combat. KdF includes several “styles” with many similarities and many weapon systems practiced from the 14th through the 18th century. These martial arts are preserved in numerous Fechtbücher, or fencing manuals, from which the arts are reconstructed.


About Iron Crown KdF

Iron Crown KdF trains in the Johannes Liechtenauer Tradition of Kunst des Fechtens.  Beginners learn the fundamentals of the Longsword and stand-up grappling (Ringen).  These fundamentals ground the student in the principles of KdF. Once this foundation is laid, other weapon systems of the Liechtenauer tradition are trained. These include the Messer and Dussack, Quarterstaff, Sword & Buckler, and Dagger.

Iron Crown KdF is a member of the Historical European Martial Arts Alliance.HEMA-Alliance2.jpg

As such we participate in HEMA Alliance events, tournaments and seminars.


Training Schedule


6:30-8:00 pm                 Beginner’s (Novice and Apprentice 1) Longsword Class

8:00-9:00 pm                 Intermediate (Apprentice 2 and higher) Longsword Class



8:30-10:00 pm                Ringen (Stand-up Grappling), All Levels



3:00-4:30 pm                Beginner’s (Novice and Apprentice 1) Longsword Class

4:30-6:00 pm                Intermediate (Apprentice 2 and higher) Longsword Class


Where we train:

Longsword classes on Wednesday and Saturday are held at the German American Society, 25 W 3rd Ave,  Spokane, WA 99201.

Ringen classes on Friday are held at Newborn Cascao Jiu-Jitsu, 1604 N Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205.


Class sign-up:

If this is your first time attending a class, or you would like more information, please contact us at info@ironcrown.us

We currently use Bigtent to organize our class schedule.  An e-mail invite for the Iron Crown Bigtent group will be sent to those who have already participated in their first class and are interested in attending future classes.  Existing members are encouraged to RSVP via Bigtent for each class they plan on attending.


Contact us:

If you have any questions, please contact us at info@ironcrown.us



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