At the Ann Arbor Sword Club we teach and play at four types of historically-oriented fencing. Click to go to our page for each of these four:
Two other forms are in development:
For all these styles except SCA/Fantasy Rapier, there are period manuals found in ancient manuscripts which have been translated and interpreted by Western Martial Arts scholars. One of the most prominent of these is former AASC member Jeffrey Forgeng, who translated Ms. I.33 (that's "ONE-point-thirty- three" – or the "Walpurgis manuscript") while in Ann Arbor. At the time, Dr. Forgeng was interpreting di Grassi's methods, and helped revive the Sword Club specifically to work on this.
However, the Sword Club had a longstanding interest in period combat, and welcomed the knowledge of many Western Martial Arts practitioners as it became available.
Use of these weapons is restricted to those who have been cleared by the instruction staff. If in doubt, ask. We welcome but do not require the use of period clothing. Most members will be wearing normal modern fencing clothes or T-shirts.