Scholar Victoria is a Melbourne based non-profit community organisation working to promote historical fencing as a martial art and modern sport, and we welcome everyone to take part, no matter their previous experience, level of fitness, or background.
We focus on the Longsword as it was used in the 15th and 16th century German sources, introducing a variety of weapons and styles to suit the interests of the individual.
The club was founded by Daniel Pope, who is currently the main coach/instructor at the club.
Daniel has more than 20 years of experience in martial arts, ranging from boxing, judo, & wushu through to black belt level in koryu jujitsu, iaijutsu, and kenjutsu.
He has been actively practicing HEMA since 2010, though began reading treatises in the German tradition in the mid 2000s.
Daniel has competed at the international level, and has been instructing HEMA for the last three years. In 2017 and 2018 Daniel was ranked in the top 20 longsword fencers worldwide and was one of the top 50 sabre fencers. In 2019 he was ranked 12th worldwide in longsword, and was Victoria’s top longsword fencer in ranked events for the third year in a row.
His areas of interest include longsword, sidesword, and sabre, and his approach to teaching is heavily focused on self-directed learning and uncovering the underlying principles which make techniques effective.