The Medieval European Martial Arts Guild was officially founded in March of 2006 by Cory Winslow, John Bax, and Joshua Reptsik. It was the aim of all involved to create a fellowship of dedicated researchers, practitioners, students and instructors of Historical European Martial Arts who would aid each other in their endeavors and help resurrect these lost arts. Later, Robert Koulakjian, Chuck Wyatt, Betsy Taylor, Joshua Hawley, Nick Murro and Kris Urs joined the ranks of MEMAG instructors, adding new insight and observations to MEMAG's interpretations. Together it is our goal to educate our students and the public about HEMA, as well as train our students to be efficient Martial Artists of which Meister Liechtenauer himself would have been proud.
The MEMAG is an organization consisting of three historical fencing schools which instruct students in the fighting system developed by the 14th century German fencing Grandmaster, Johannes Liechtenauer. Our first group is located on the Delmarva Peninsula in the Salisbury, Maryland area. Fittingly named, this branch is called the 'Halbinsel Fechtschule' which translated means the Peninsula Fight School.
Our secondary branch is located in Maple Shade, New Jersey which is in the greater Philadelphia area. This branch is called the Crossing Fight School, named thus after the school was passed down from Chuck Wyatt to Nick Murro in 2014. The name pays homage to the schools former name the "Bridge Fight School" as well as honors the number of students who attend from multiple states.
Our third branch is located in Luray, Virginia which is approximately 30 miles from Harrisonburg in the Shenandoah Valley. This branch is called the Blue Ridge Sword School. It is properly named after the Blue Ridge Mountains which dominate the landscape around the school.
Primary training is based on the use of the Longsword, but our classes cover the use of a whole range of Medieval and Renaissance weapons. Equipment is provided for students' use, but we encourage everyone to eventually purchase their own safety equipment.