National Historical Swordsmanship Convention 2011

The NATIONAL HISTORICAL SWORDSMANSHIP CONVENTION (NHSC, pronounced "Nisk") is a 3-day special event that brings top level instruction in early-Renaissance European swordsmanship to fencers of all experience levels. NHSC will provide an integrated, focused approach that will take your historical fencing to the next level.


NHSC is a cohesive, full-immersion course. Rather than offering a “menu” of unrelated classes spanning various subjects, classes at NHSC will focus on the basics and advanced basics of early-Renaissance swordsmanship. From body-mechanics and footwork to unarmed combat, from swordsmanship to other historical weapons, each class builds off of the next so that students will not only gain exposure to different weapon styles, but also develop a stronger level of proficiency and competence as a martial artist. There will also be talks on historical context, with an opportunity for participants to handle authentic period swords.



Everyone - Understand and accurately perform the “must-know” fundamentals of early-Renaissance swordsmanship

Instructors - Learn how to develop stronger drills and leverage efficient terminology

Experienced Historical Fencers and Martial Artists - Gain new perspectives on training and application of the arts

Novices - Experience the practice of historical swordsmanship under the attention of professional teachers and coaches

The cost of NHSC is $289 per person if registered by 2/1/2011.
Cost increases afterwards to $339. Cost at the door on the day of the event is $439.

 NHSC will be held at the Virginia Academy of Fencing, 5401-B Port Royal Road, Springfield, VA 22151 just outside of Washington DC. Easily accessible from Reagan National airport or Dulles International airport. 

The Hilton Springfield will be reserving rooms for this event and giving a special price to participants. If you give them the code VAF, they will give you the following rate: $89 per night from Thursday through Sunday, and $171 per night from Monday through Wednesday.

The Hilton has just renovated their rooms and is in a very nice location only a couple of miles from the Virginia Academy of Fencing.

This offer expires 3/24/2011, or whenever the rooms are filled. You can reserve your room at the discounted price through our personalized Hilton page.