About Us

Scholar Victoria is a Melbourne based non-profit community organisation working to teach and promote Historical Fencing as a martial art and competitive sport.

Our training focus is the Longsword and our teaching is based on 15th and 16th century German sources. We also teach a variety of other weapons periodically, including sidesword, dussack, and 19th century sabre. For more on that, take a look at the page describing What We Teach.

We believe that Historical Fencing and Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) should be a rewarding experience that is accessible to people from all walks of life, and we try to give students the opportunity to be the best fencer they can be.


Daniel Pope HEMA

Daniel is the primary coach at Scholar Victoria.

He 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. From 2017 and until 2020 Daniel was ranked in the top 20 longsword fencers worldwide and was one of the top 50 sabre fencers. In 2021 he entered the top 10 worldwide in longsword, and was Victoria’s top longsword fencer in ranked events for the fourth year in a row. 

He has acted as president of the Historical Fencing Association, and was instrumental in securing insurance for clubs around Australia, and allowing Victorian clubs to own swords under the General Exemption for Fencing Clubs, rather than the earlier more restrictive system.

Daniel’s special interest is in improving the pedagogy of HEMA instruction, and believes deeply in creating an open community that allows all members of the community to participate equally.