FightCamp is the UK's premier annual
Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) event and is run by
of Schola Gladiatoria (www.swordfightlondon.com).
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FightCamp started in 2004 and
has grown from a small informal gathering to become one of the
largest international HEMA events in the world, and by far the
largest in the UK. In 2010 we moved to The Grange, in the UK's
Midlands, especially developed for such events. The event now
attracts over 30 instructors and 200 attendees every year.
FightCamp is a three day
event providing classes, tournaments, trading and the
opportunity for free exchange of European martial arts and
related subjects. Classes cover subjects such as medieval
knightly combat - using weapons like longswords, daggers and
pollaxes - through to renaissance rapier duelling, Baroque
smallsword techniques, Georgian pugilism, Victorian bayonet
practice and wrestling, and even modern self-protection and
Unlike most other major HEMA
events, FightCamp is almost entirely held outdoors (though we do
have one indoor training hall and a covered social area and
bar), with most attendees camping on site. This creates a unique
'festival' feel to the event and gives us more freedom than
other HEMA events to have things like a permanent large free
sparring arena, melee games, traders and catering on site. There
is no running backwards and forwards between different venues
and restaurants as at other events.
We have a vibrant social
atmosphere centred on the licenced bar area in the evenings and
on the Saturday evening there is a
large barbeque, all included in the cost of the ticket.
FightCamp attracts leading
instructors and fencers from the best known schools, giving top
notch instruction. Our tournaments also attract some of the best
fighters and we get some of the leading HEMA traders in
The programme provides full activities for three days, starting
on Friday morning and ending on Sunday afternoon. Attendees are
welcome to come for all three days (recommended to arrive on
Thursday evening) or for one or two days. In addition to the
scheduled activities, attendees will also find plenty of
opportunity if they wish to engage in sparring, exchange
training tips and knowledge, or just relax and socialise.
Attendees of all backgrounds and experience levels are welcome -
most classes are aimed at beginners and intermediate
practitioners, with advanced practitioners often finding a space
for themselves and engaging in free exchange of experience.
There are a variety of high
level tournaments held at FightCamp, which attract some of the
top European fencers. See the tournaments page for details.
The FightCamp venue, The Grange, is located between Coventry and
Birmingham, near Kenilworth Castle. It is a site specialised for
HEMA, airsoft games and Larp, with ample camping space, bathroom
facilities, showers, a cafe/restaurant and bar. The site is easy
to get to by car, rail or plane. It is a mere 15 minutes
drive/taxi from Birmingham International airport.
Of course camping is not
everyone's cup of tea and there are a range of cheap local
hotels where attendees can stay at their own cost, if they wish.
You can read an
independent review of FightCamp 2012 here.
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