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Welcome in 2018!

Happy New Year 2018!

This year Cork Blademasters will offer plenty of activities for everyone!

  • In January we will launch Open Days – free longsword fencing classes for everyone who would like to try out medieval swordfighting! Check it out!
  • Also from January we’ll start our main recruitment event: 10 weeks long German Longsword Courses that will run throughout the year on Mondays 7PM @ Mahon Community Centre!
  • We’ll have new workshops in 2018 for Waterford and Limerick!
  • There’s even more to come: new training classes for our members, Longsword and Sabre Seminars & Workshops, Blademasters Cup 2018 – Open Steel Longsword Tournament and the first leg of the IHFL (Irish Historical Fencing League) as well as many other local and national events (Cork Martial Arts Expo, Cork City Military Show) in which we’ll take part showcasing Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA). Check out our 2018 Event Page for more info!

In the meantime however, i’d like to invite you all to take part in our Meyer Square Diagram Challenge on Facebook (starting on the 2nd of January 2018), it’s a simple cutting exercise that you can do at home with any tool that can simulate an edged weapon and train with us every day for a 30 days of this challenge! It is hard but it’s a great learning experience for everyone who might want to think of starting HEMA in 2018!

Open Longsword Classes starting from tomorrow!

Hello All!

I’m happy to announce that starting from tomorrow (Monday 4th of Sept 2017) and for the next two following weeks (11th and 18th) we’ll run Three Beginners Longsword Classes that are open to everyone 🙂

These classes are aimed at people who would like to try out HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts) on a single class before committing themselves to our 10 Weeks Longsword Course that is due to start on the 25th of Sept 2017! 10 Weeks Course however is obligatory for all new members who want to move onto the Scholar rank and start participating in club activities!

Please note that due to the hall size we are limited to 20 participants max per each class therefore BOOKING IS REQUIRED! Simply use Contact Us Form  to book your request on any of the dates above. You will receive an email reply to confirm your booking.

Cost of the class is 10e per person, please bring towel, light gloves, indoor non slippery sports shoes and plenty of water!

See you all tomorrow 😉


Cork City Military Show!

Hello All,

I’m happy to announce that we’ll be participating in the annual Cork City Military Show this weekend (12-13 Aug 2017) that will take place at Showgrounds, Curraheen Road, Bishopstown, Cork.

So if you want to see some live HEMA showcase come over there and check us out! We’ll be there on both days, Saturday and Sunday and on both days we’ll be showcasing authentic medieval combat (XV-XV century sources) with various weapons.

Here’s the facebook event page for the reference:

See you all there!

Photo Session with Swords!


Over the last few weeks we had a pleasure to work with very talented Marcin Lewandowski on a photo session (check out his website: involving some of our club members. Marcin is publishing a series of articles about photography and this one was about portraits so we posed… with swords of course! Main theme of the session was the car park duel sequence from the Highlander movie.

The article in question can be read here:

And the photos are below:

Blademasters @ Cork Martial Arts Expo 2017!

Hi All!

Back from the Cork Martial Arts Expo 2017 edition! Great event with fantastic people, we’ve watched some quality fights and enjoyed the atmosphere 🙂 We also ran a steel longsword tournament there as a bit of HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts) promotion among the other martial arts crowd and i think people enjoyed that 🙂 All in all, it was a good day!

Here’s some pics & videos (scroll down) from the event:

Video highlights:

And a YouTube playlist with a few fight as well:


Cork Martial Arts Expo 2017!

Hello All!

I would like to invite everyone to visit Cork Martial Arts Expo 2017 that will take place on Sunday 23rd of April 2017 in Neptune Stadium, Blackpool, Cork.

Cork Blademasters will be there to provide you with some action packed HEMA entertainment! We will organize a longsword tournament that will start from 1 PM onwards!

Here’s the Facebook Event Page for the reference:

See you all there!

Blademasters Documentary on TG4

Hi All,

As you may already know, a few months ago we did a short documentary piece with TG4 on Cork Blademasters and HEMA in general which was aired in November 2016.

While it was (and still is for a few more days) available to watch on TG4 player I was waiting for the permissions to host it on our website which I got now so… here it is, in all its glory 😉

Big Thanks to Ciara Hyland and her crew from TG4! Great work 🙂

Also Big thanks to all Blademasters involved in the making of the video, thank you for your time and hope you’re enjoying the results!