Nothing can describe the feeling of when you first pick up a sword. It is a powerful symbol from out of history. Come, and experience that with us.

Intro to Broken Plow Western Martial Arts & Sword Fighting

This 8-week introductory class is a pre-requisite that will help you get into the fold here at Pittsburgh Sword Fighters. The intro to sword fighting program is offered for both our Longsword and Rapier tracks.

This introductory class will cover:

  • What is Historical European Martial Arts
  • How Broken Plow functions as a club
  • Footwork and fighting stances
  • Basic cuts and thrusts
  • Body mechanics
  • Cutting mechanics

Once you’ve completed this class, you’ll be eligible to continue into our regular classes (longsword or rapier) which focuses on drilling, sparring, and more advanced martial techniques.

Intro to German Longsword Classes are held on Wednesdays (6pm), Saturdays (2pm), and Sundays (2pm).

Intro to Italian Rapier is held on Mondays (6:30pm)

The class cycle starts on the first of each month. Rapier intro classes are every other month: Jan/Mar/May/Jul/Sep/Nov.

Just wear basic gym clothes and bring a positive attitude.

Introductory classes are only $100 for all 8 weeks. 

To sign up, please fill out the below form to indicate which weapon, day, and month you are starting. After you complete the form, click the link to submit your payment. Please note that we do not offer refunds for the intro class.

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