Long Island Historical Fencing Society

Long Island Historical Fencing Society LIHFS is a modern martial arts organization dedicated to studying, reconstructing and training with the German longsword, the weapon central to Historical European Martial Arts (“HEMA”)
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LIHFS is a modern martial arts organization dedicated to studying, reconstructing and training with the German longsword and other period weapons. LIHFS is not a reenactment or LARP organization, nor a theatrical or "stage-fighting" group. LIHFS is a prominent member of the Historical European Martial Arts (“HEMA”) community with a focus on the German canon, specifically the Liechtenauer tradition. We are a member of the HEMA Alliance and have many highly seasoned and experienced members. The mission of our instructors is to recreate and practice the medieval German Kunst des Fechtens (the “Art of Fighting"), which was an incredibly complex and sophisticated martial arts system. Through our ongoing research, LIHFS will bring to life the teachings of the historical masters via our proprietary curriculum, which is one of the most thorough and authentic programs available to the modern student. Our program is intensive and focused on teaching the fundamentals. We take pride in building a progressive understanding of the art and students receive hands-on instruction from one or more of our instructors. Our program is offered on a two-tiered system – Novice and Intermediate. We offer two options - $20 per two-hour class, or a block of 10 classes for $149 – first class is free! Once our students complete the Novice and Intermediate Modules, they will be invited to take the Haupstück (Entry Level) exam. If the student passes the exam, they will have an option to become a member and proceed to the Advanced Module or continue to take a-la-carte classes. We have multiple classes per week to fit your schedule. Classes will begin with warm-ups and review of prior sessions, continue with new techniques, and finish with specific drills designed to refine the new techniques covered. This comprehensive longsword training program is based principally on the manuscript of 14th century German master Johannes Liechtenauer, as interpreted by the LIHFS. In addition to our own interpretation of the Liechtenauer canon, including the commentary and interpretations by Sigmund Ringeck, Peter Von Danzig, Codex Döbringer (MS 3227a), Hans Talhoffer, Paulus Kal, Andres Lignitzer, Ott Jud and others, we have consulted with and incorporated relevant interpretations and teachings of the leading modern-day masters. Classes are held at the Omni Fitness Center at 333 Earle Ovington Blvd. in Uniondale, NY, in the lower lobby of the Omni Building. Featuring a spacious 1,800-square-foot fencing and fitness studio with 30-foot ceilings and an upper floor observation deck, the Omni Fitness Center is a full service gym, complete with a dedicated cardio room, free weights and strength equipment. Members enjoy our spacious locker rooms with steam and sauna rooms as well. For more information, including pricing and class schedule, please email us at [email protected], or call Michael Capanelli or Brad Rangell at 631-780-4682.

LIHFS Training - 2019
12/02/2019

LIHFS Training - 2019

Sabre Sunday.
11/25/2019

Sabre Sunday.

LIHFS Training - 2019
11/13/2019

LIHFS Training - 2019

Sunday sparring at the end of class.
11/05/2019

Sunday sparring at the end of class.

LIHFS Training - 2019
10/09/2019

LIHFS Training - 2019

Sunday practice at Fireman's Memorial Park in Ridge.
08/19/2019

Sunday practice at Fireman's Memorial Park in Ridge.

LIHFS beginner class.
08/14/2019

LIHFS beginner class.

LIHFS Training - 2019
08/09/2019

LIHFS Training - 2019

A bit of sabre: Ian vs. Kevin.
07/31/2019

A bit of sabre: Ian vs. Kevin.

We would like to congratulate Kevin Lithhow on passing our Haupstuck exam. While already a talented saber and smallsword...
07/24/2019

We would like to congratulate Kevin Lithhow on passing our Haupstuck exam. While already a talented saber and smallsword practitioner, Kevin has worked very hard over the last few months on preparing for the exam and focusing intensely on the Kunst des Fechten. We look forward to many more years of training with him.

Brass Frog 2019 - June 28-30, 2019
07/19/2019

Brass Frog 2019 - June 28-30, 2019

LIHFS Training - 2019
07/19/2019

LIHFS Training - 2019

Dussackology.
06/21/2019

Dussackology.

LIHFS Training - 2019
06/11/2019

LIHFS Training - 2019

Thanks for the visit from Island Fencing Academy!
06/11/2019

Thanks for the visit from Island Fencing Academy!

Boris visited our friends from Long Island Historical Fencing Society. Guys a serious over there!

Sabre sparring.
05/17/2019

Sabre sparring.

LIHFS Training - 2019
04/17/2019

LIHFS Training - 2019

LIHFS instructor Ryan Zukowski interviewed on the HEMA-cast.
04/14/2019
HEMA-cast a HEMA focused podcast

LIHFS instructor Ryan Zukowski interviewed on the HEMA-cast.

Last minute episode while getting ready for Longpoint 2019. This one is with Ryan Zukowski and Tea Kew! The title of the episode speaks for itself. Get out there! Get out into the community and grow the art, Ryan and Tea give us some great reasons to get out into the community and do just that!

Ryan gets in some pre-Longpoint sparring with Peter.
03/20/2019

Ryan gets in some pre-Longpoint sparring with Peter.

New intro program starts May 7!
03/16/2019

New intro program starts May 7!

LIHFS Training - 2019
03/13/2019

LIHFS Training - 2019

Tuesday night longsword class with the LIHFS.
02/20/2019

Tuesday night longsword class with the LIHFS.

One of the newer LIHFS students, Jeff Fehmel, pulled off a picture perfect zwerchau in an active drill.
02/13/2019

One of the newer LIHFS students, Jeff Fehmel, pulled off a picture perfect zwerchau in an active drill.

So the second annual Long Island Point 2018 has come to an end, and what an incredible experience it was for our club! W...
11/24/2018

So the second annual Long Island Point 2018 has come to an end, and what an incredible experience it was for our club! We were stunned and humbled by the fantastic feedback we’ve been getting, and it warms our hearts to know that so many of our like-minded comrades truly enjoyed the event. Please know that we in turn loved hosting each and every one of you.

The highlights for us were, in no particular order:

*Getting to hang out with so many old friends, and making some great new ones as well.

*Witnessing the unquestionable surge in quality canonical fencing. We had about two dozen control points in a single pass format, including several clearly advanced canonical control points. Truly outstanding!

*Watching some of you elevate your game to accomplish new fencing milestones and achievements

*Fiore’s Feast! Shout out to Ciro’s of East Meadow who knocked it out of the park for a second year in a row.

*The Battle of Long Island. Are you kidding me? We truly loved putting this group event together, and judging by the reactions captured in the pictures alone, a glorious time was had by all.

Congratulations to our champions – Eddy Louis (Forte Swordplay in longsword, Stephen Cheney (MEMAG Crossing Fightschool) in sword and buckler, and our tournament champion (measured simply by tallying control points and deducting points against) Derek Wise (Boston Armizare). And a hearty congratulations to all of our participants…you all fought with honor and valor, and you are all winners in our book!

We want to thank all the leaders and members of all the clubs that traveled and came out in force to support and attend the event.

Teachers and lecturers – your leadership and willingness to share your knowledge is really what HEMA is all about.

Sponsors – Purpleheart Armoury, Albion Swords Limited LLC, Jeffrey D Wasson and Grips by Kris (Smitty Werben) – thank you again from all of us at LIHFS!

Sean Franklin – a million thanks for developing and sharing HEMA Scorecard! What an incredibly helpful tool this proved to be, and you have a massive endorsement from LIHFS.

Judges, director, helpers and minions: It is your selfless dedication to making the event run seamlessly that we are frankly most grateful for.

We’d be nowhere without all of you, and that’s why planning has already begun for Long Island Point 2019.

We can’t thank you all enough for your interest and participation – please email, PM or text any of us with any ideas or suggestions for LIP 2019 – we want to make that the biggest, baddest LIP yet!

Your friends at Long Island Historical Fencing Society
Brad Rangell
Peter Angello
Jeffrey Baravarian
Alexander Bergeret
David Blackohm
Ian Craig
Matt Erickson
Greg Fasolino
Kevin Hufsmith
Yuriy Litvinenko
Kris Micozzi
Doug Schmid
Kevin Willi
Ryan Zukowski

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333 Earl Ovington Blvd
Uniondale, NY
11553

Opening Hours

Tuesday 20:00 - 22:00
Thursday 20:00 - 22:00
Friday 18:00 - 20:00

Telephone

(516) 387-2067

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