First held in 2012, SoCal Swordfight remains the only HEMA tournament in Southern California and has grown into the largest HEMA event in North America. The event attracts top instructors and fighters from around the world and is known for its wide variety of classes and tournaments as well as its fun, welcoming atmosphere.
SoCal Swordfight will multiple tournament individual tournaments, including synthetic and steel longsword, women’s longsword (the largest women’s tournament at any U.S. event), rapier, saber, and cutting; over 50 classes covering different weapons, movement, martial arts mentality, and more; the opportunity to test and purchase a variety of HEMA gear; and the chance to meet, spar with, and learn from HEMA participants around the world.
Since the first SoCal Swordfight took place in 2012 (known then as the Southern California HEMA Seminars - SCHEMAS) the event has grown alongside the popularity of HEMA. The sport includes a variety of martial arts and weapons systems originating in Europe between 1300 and 1800, the most well-known of which is the longsword.
Over the past few decades, modern practitioners have reconstructed weapons techniques from historical manuals written around the 1300s by European masters. HEMA continues to evolve and grow, with over 200 schools and clubs across the country according to the HEMA Alliance, the organization that represents the sport in the U.S. The community is dedicated to researching and reviving these martial arts, making HEMA an attractive sport for people of all ages interested in history, fitness, or simply learning to fight with swords.
SoCal Swordfight is hosted by local HEMA school SoCal Swords.
The event is open to the public, though equipment and personal protective gear are required for participation in tournaments and some classes.
Registration and a limited number of spectator passes are available here.