Ted Elsner

About Ted Elsner

Ted Elsner - SoCal Swordfight 2022 Instructor

Founder and CEO of the Sacramento Historical Fencing Academy Ted Elsner has been working with swords since 1997. In 2012 he formed the Sacramento Freifechter a HEMA club focused on the teaching of Joachim Meyer's Kunst Des Fechtens. In January of 2020 he decided it would be a good time to go further and he founded the Sacramento Historical Fencing Academy. Timing was not on his side but in November 2021 he was finally able to open making his dream of a full time permanent historical fencing school a reality. The SHFA now teaches classes on a variety of historical weapons and systems including Meyer's KdF which Ted still teaches but also classes on La Verdadera Destreza, Italian Rapier, and British Military Saber.

This will be Ted's second time teaching at Socal Swordfight after previously teaching a class on Meyer's Rules of the Rostock at SoCal Swordfight 2020.


Being Taught by Ted at SoCal Swordfight 2022

Get Lower! Meyer's Stance and Footwork

Meyer is famous for his deep stances? Why does he do this and is it as simple as bending your knees? (It's not). In this class we'll learn to use Meyer's body mechanics across all of his weapons.

Required Gear
None.

Class Length
1 Hour

Class Level
Introduction, Beginners, Intermediate



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