Old Line Historical Swordsmanship

We practice all manner of European sword arts, Longsword, Sword and Buckler, Saber, Rapier, Dagger, Wrestling, and others.

We are Old Line Historical Swordsmanship, a martial arts club dedicated to studying the arts of medieval Germany. We study all manner of European swords, Longsword, Sword and Buckler, Saber, Rapier, Dagger, Wrestling, and others. If you want to learn it and we don't currently know it we'll learn it with you! Old Line Historical Swordsmanship is a member of the HEMA Alliance. We operate with our friends and hosts at the Maryland Fencing Club (marylandfencing.com). We training every Sunday from about 3-5pm at the Maryland Fencing Club at 3011 Emmorton Rd in Abingdon, MD. Additionally we offer 8 weeks beginner longsword courses, beginning the first Sundays of March, and September. For more information and to inquire about club activities contact us as: Email: [email protected]

75 years ago today

Cecil College

Old Line Historical Swordsmanship is a martial arts club dedicated to studying the tradition of fighting in Medieval Europe. Meet them in the Courtyard! #cecilcollege #cecilcon -EE

[04/12/19]   It's Jamie I'm going to klopterfect I'm with in 2 hours of the venue if anyone would like to ride with me to it let me know email me at [email protected]

Our neighbors at Rita's Ice will be opening for their season this weekend. They have asked us for help with parking. When you park to attend the Sunday 3pm practice, please consider leaving the spaces which face the Rita's front windows to the Rita's customers. This picture is a snapshot of the parking lot highlighting those spaces. Thank you!

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[02/19/19]   Stay aware of the Weather for the next few days. We will make an official determination on if we will be having class Wednesday night by Wednesday at noon.

Tonight - A slight chance of snow after 4am. Cloudy, with a low around 29. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Wednesday - Snow before 4pm, then freezing rain and sleet. High near 33. East wind 5 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible. New snow and sleet accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.

Wednesday Night - Freezing rain and sleet before 10pm, then rain. Low around 32. East wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible. New sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

[12/21/18]   We will not be holding practice Sunday, December 23rd.



[12/20/18]   We will not be having class on Wednesday, December 26th


Maryland Fencing Club

Check out the Maryland Fencing Club

Have you always wanted to try fencing? Learn how to handle a sword and have fun getting in-shape with this unique Olympic sport. We are located at 3011 Emmorton Rd in Abingdon, off I-95 exit 77B. Gift packages available for the holidays. Programs available for kids and adults. See our FB page for more information.


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Longpoint 2019 Announcements and Registration Information

From Longpoint:


fightlongpoint.com It's been over a year since the last Longpoint, and now we are five months away from the next one, bringing the planning team to that point where we can make some announcements, talk about how registration is going to work, and set a very quickly approaching date for said registration. Classes As

From Longpoint:

It's almost time. Event information and registration dates are coming early next week.

It's almost time. Event information and registration dates are coming early next week.

Castille Armory

Lauren, in all of her awesomeness, will be putting a bunch of items up for super awesome flash sale tomorrow. A few complete swords, several blades and even some guards at up to half off. To reiterate the rules, the first person to post a comment that they want the item gets first shot. If you are first to comment, Lauren will PM you for confirmation of shipping address, phone number and email address. She will also give you payment options. If you do not respond in a 10 minute period, she will notify the next person in the comment section and you will loose the sale. We will not hold these items so have your payment options ready. So get ready, set, BAKE! Wait, wrong show...Good luck!

Castille Armory

Today is the LAST DAY to place your Christmas order for production parts.

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Inspiring: Change the World by Making Your Bed - by Admiral William McRaven


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South East Renaissance Fencing Open

Registration for the South East Renaissance Fencing Open 2018 is now available!!!

As always SERFO is being held on the second weekend of November. We are delighted to be returning to Oglethorpe University in Atlanta.

The main event shall be on Saturday Nov 10 and Sunday Nov 11. We shall have the Ringen tournament at Unit 2 Fitness in Atlanta on the evening of Friday Nov 9.

This year the tournaments shall be:
- Piedmont Historical Fencing League Open Longsword
- Women's Longsword
- Conventional Rapier based on Gaiani's conventions
- First Blood Rapier
- Sword and Buckler
- Youth Longsword
- Youth Rapier
- Ringen (Held at Unit 2 Fitness)

Rules for the events are on the website and shall be linked in the Event and pages presently

As always if you have any questions please let me know. I look forward to seeing you all there.

Register here:


Event page:



Maryland 400 - Wikipedia

A little History of Maryland's contribution to our Nation's fight for Independence. This is why we are the Old Line State.


en.wikipedia.org The Maryland 400 were members of the 1st Maryland Regiment who repeatedly charged a numerically superior British force during the Battle of Long Island during the Revolutionary War, sustaining heavy casualties, but allowing General Washington to successfully evacuate the bulk of his troops to Manhat...

[06/06/18]   Some people just can't contain the level of awesome at which we operate

What did you do today?

Old Line Historical Swordsmanship's cover photo

Governor Larry Hogan

This is Maryland, where our Governor could beat up your Governor

In 2016, I broke through four boards of Partisan Gridlock.
In 2017, I broke through five boards of Legislative Logjam.
And in 2018, I broke through six boards of Politics As Usual:

Unless you love snow this much, we are going to cancel tonight's practice.

Capitol Clash: Washington DC HEMA Open

Early bird registration (20% discount on entry fee and tournament fee).

Super early bird registration for the 2019 Capitol Clash HEMA Open is now available!


#CapitolClash #HEMA #Fencing #Longsword #Swordandbuckler #rapier #singslestick #Ringen

Official Credit Card of HEMA

with Maryland Fencing Club


Historical fencing: 3 rules for parrying with a military sabre

This is the basis of what we were trying to communicate last Sunday when we were discussing control and response to incoming attacks with the saber, but the principle also applies to everything else. As always, thank you to Matt Easton Schola Gladiatoria for the great videos!

1) Don't retreat out of distance with a parry. 2) Don't over-reach with parries - only move as far as is necessary. 3) Parry with the forte of the blade, as ...

Congratulations to Jake, Andrew, and Airrion to placing third if the Team competition at Capitol Clash: Washington DC HEMA Open this past weekend!


XXS Extraordinary Extreme Sports

On guard! The Bel Air Public Library will host a demonstration of the Olympic sport of fencing on Sunday, January 14 at 2pm (all ages). Register online or by phone (410) 638-3151.


DC HEMA open this weekend


It's #ThrowbackThursday! Did you know the Pooles Island Lighthouse, the oldest standing lighthouse remaining in Maryland, was built in 1825 by John Donahoo of Havre de Grace with $5,000 appropriated by Congress, located on remote Pooles Island, the lighthouse is one of three Aberdeen Proving Ground structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The lighthouse is a 40-foot land-based masonry tower with a cast-iron lantern at the top. The rough cut granite used for the tower was locally quarried in Port Deposit, Maryland and the existing door, believed to be an original, is made out of mahogany.

For two centuries, the island was used for farming and known for its rich, fertile soil. In 1917, the island became part of APG and was used for testing. In 1994 the Army petitioned to have the lighthouse placed on the National Historic Register. APG, Coast Guard and National Park Service personnel and volunteers restored the exterior of the lighthouse in 1997 and it was relit in 2011 as a symbol of Aberdeen Proving Ground's transformation and future.

[12/25/17]   🎄 MERRY CHRISTMAS 🎄

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