OCHS America is a historical fencing and European martial arts club dedicated to the training,
study, and promotion of the combat arts of old Europe. These Western Martial Arts (WMA),
also known as Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA), date as far back as the early 1300's
and have been passed down to today's practitioners in a number of forms including living
traditions and a wide assortment of documented sources.
At OCHS America we focus on the Kunst des Fechtens, or "Arts of Combat” of the Germanic
martial systems of the 14th-16th centuries. Our primary areas of study are the longsword,
sword and buckler, and dussack. We are currently developing additional programs that include
Italian rapier, dagger, sabre, and more.
OCHS America is dedicated to developing functional martial systems based on the writings of
historical documents tempered by practical hands-on experience. It is important to recognize
that we are not a re-enactment group or renaissance faire troupe although some of our
members also participate in such activities. All are welcome to train with OCHS America. If
swordsmanship or fighting systems of any kind appeal to you, we hope you'll come try a class to
see what we're all about.
If you are interested in historical martial arts methods, competing, or just looking for a great
way to improve your health, OCHS America is the place for you!