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!

If you have any questions about membership. Please feel free to contact us.

Your First Session

We operate an open door policy for new members; if possible we do ask that potential new members give us a heads up either via email or you can message our Facebook page where we will answer any questions you have. This helps us have a better idea of who to expect at a session allowing us to plan our lessons.

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.