Our Approach

Our approach to Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) comprises three main components.
Study

Study

Our style and techniques are drawn directly from historical fencing texts from the 15th and 16th centuries. Our coaches keep up to date with the latest interpretations and training methods & we encourage students to investigate the sources for themselves, and test their understanding through hands-on experience.

Fence

Fence

Each class links theory with practice. Students are taught the practical aspects of swordsmanship as a martial art through group, paired, and one-on-one coaching, allowing students to learn in a supportive environment suited to the learning style of the individual.

Excel

Excel

HEMA also provides opportunity for competition in Australia and worldwide. Our classes include competition coaching to those students who wish to pursue the sporting side of historical fencing, and we pride ourselves on our clubs achievements in both Australian and international rankings.

Our Story

Our Story

Scholar Victoria take their name from the Latin words for Student and Victory. Together these encompass our recognition that excellence comes not only through hard work in training but also through diligent study of the history, art, and theory of fencing. Sword fighting is both a historical martial art and a modern sport, and is accessible to participants from all walks of life. Scholar Victoria provides an open and inclusive environment for everyone to be part of this rapidly growing community. We believe that by working together we can all elevate our fencing to the very highest level it can be, and we work with the individual needs of our members to achieve these goals.

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