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European historical combat

From 18 March 2020 the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds and Fort Nelson will be closed to visitors until further notice. Consequently, all club and society meetings are suspended until further notice.

The Royal Armouries Museum is the home of two European historical martial arts groups:


The Guild was founded by the museum’s former Head of Interpretation and Creative Director John Waller, to bring students of various historical combat techniques together to train under a set of common principles. It was launched at the Royal Armouries in 2000 and has gone on to establish numerous chapters across Britain and Europe.

The EHCG curriculum covers a wide span of history and combat techniques, and utilizes surviving literature and martial arts manuals in their teaching. Weapon types practised include Medieval single and two-handed swords, Renaissance rapier and dagger, and Victorian sabre.


KDF (The Art of Fighting) was founded in 2006 and also has a number of chapters across Britain and Europe. It specializes in the teachings of the 14th-century German fight master ‎Johannes Liechtenauer‎ and those who followed in his tradition during the 15th and 16th centuries. Liechtenauer and his followers created a highly efficient fighting system, incorporating longsword (our principal practise), sword and buckler, pollaxe, dagger, messer (knife) and wrestling.

General information

If you would like to join, please contact us, and give an indication of any martial arts experience you may already have – no previous experience is necessary.

Normal training gear consists of T-shirt, track suit bottoms and trainers. Training weapons are provided, though many of us go on to purchase our own.



EHCG and KDF sessions are held at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds.

Contact us

Stuart Ivinson
+44 (0) 113 220 1832

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