Joining SHF

Joining SHF


Southampton Historical Fencing is open to everyone aged 14+, we only ask that members under 18 are accompanied to all sessions by an adult.

We are dedicated to being inclusive and will do our best to accomodate everyone who has an interest in HEMA!

Members should fill out our GDPR and Social Media Consent  Document

Currently we are not accepting new members due to restrictions on available club kit. Prospective new members should fill out our waiting list form and will be contacted when free spaces are available. If you are considering joining and have at least a suitable fencing mask and training sword please get in touch.

Your First Session

You can find details of our class schedule here and a map for directions here.

The first session is free to anyone who’s interested, further information regarding fees can be found here.

What do I need?

Requirements for new members are pretty simple. Simply bring yourself and wear sensible sporting clothing. We ask that members wear mostly black and avoid logos that aren’t related to SHF or HEMA in general.

We practice in an indoor sports hall so make sure any footwear your bring is suitable and clean. Trainers, plimpsoles or similar are perfectly suitable!

You will need to move around a lot and some flexibility is needed so wear loose or stretcheable clothes.

Moving forwards you will eventually need to buy some of your own kit, suggestions can be found here.