European Fencing

Historical fencing is a unique combination of sports, tradition and martial arts. The historical European martial arts started in ancient Greece through Rome, Byzantium, the European Middle Ages and Renaussance, reaching to the beginnings of the 20th century.

The first study sources are written testimonials from the mid 12th century and later on the instruction manuals of Italian and German fencing masters such as Fiore dei Liberi and Johannes Liechtenauer in the 14th century and Joachim Meyer in the 15th century. The curriculum is based on the systems of those masters.

The basic training is based on the longsword and the one-handed sword with a shield (sword & buckler), but also on unarmed combat techniques, while the material comes from the systems of the aforementioned teachers.

The course is aimed at adults, regardless of gender and physical condition or previous experience in martial arts.

Its purpose is self-discipline, well-being, but also self-defense, since the practical applications of sword art can also be used unarmed in times of need.

Panayotis Papanikolaou, fencing instructorPegasus Athens Historical Fencing Club

Pegasus Athens Historical Fencing Club is an association of study and practice of the historical European Martial Arts and a member of the Hellenic Federation of HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts).

The group often takes part in related events and sports tournaments.

Instructor: Panayotis Papanikolaou.