To find a HEMA clubs or schools teaching near you, you can try to Google for variations of the following terms in your local language:
- “hema CITY/REGION”
- “swordfighting CITY/REGION”
- “historical fencing CITY/REGION”
- “western martial arts CITY/REGION”
- You can also search for the specific weapon you want to learn like “longsword CITY/REGION”.
This might also bring up groups doing something with swords that is not HEMA, like Reenactment or SCA.
HEMA Maps & Club Finders
There are various HEMA club maps and club finders that you can use, depending on your region:
- The HEMA Alliance, which is the biggest american HEMA federation, hosts their own club finder.
- For (mostly central) Europe there is the Ars Gladii map.
- For Germany I created my own German HEMA club map
If these maps don’t turn up a club near you, you can try asking in the HEMA Alliance Facebook group, which is the biggest HEMA related FB group.
Starting your own club
In case there is just no club near you, you can always start your own club which many others have done that were in your shoes. Make no mistake, this will be a hard road, but a very satisfying one and might be your only option.