Welcome to Crossing Fight School

Welcome to the Crossing Fight School. We are a branch of the Medieval European Martial Arts Guild (M.E.M.A.G.) based in based in Southampton, NJ. devoted to the study of Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA), with a particular focus on German Longsword. Our curriculum is based on the teachings of Grandmaster Johannes Liechtenauer, whose fighting system dates back to the 15th century, and whose material formed the basis for many masters that followed. At our school, the material we learn and use is derived from both Liechtenauer‘s own system and those of later masters.

CLASSES: Sundays at 3 PM, Pivotal Training, Southampton, NJ

Club News

Class for June 23, 2024

This week at Crossing Fight School, we will be having an open floor for sparring for those interested in preparation for Revolution Rumble, which will be...

read more

Class for June 16, 2024

This week at Crossing Fight School, we will have our final installment of Sword and Buckler, with class being led once again by the incomparable Aidan...

read more

Class for June 9, 2024

This week at Crossing Fight School, the intrepid (and irreverent) Aidan Witherspoon once again leads our class in a further exploration of Andre Lignitzer's...

read more

Who We Are

M.E.M.A.G. is a group of HEMA fighters and researchers founded in 2006.  Read more about the History of Our Guild.

We are a dedicated group of instructors and students providing an inclusive and accommodating environment to learn and practice what is commonly known as Kunst des Fechtens (Art of Fighting), or KDF, as it’s often called.

What Is HEMA?

HEMA is a broad term that encompasses a number of fighting and weapons systems common to the European continent which date back to the late Middle Ages, extending through the Renaissance and into the Early Modern Period. The weapons common to HEMA are many and varied, and range from the more familiar (swords, both one and two-handed) to the more obscure (sickle, flail, etc.).

Our Mission

Our ambition is to interpret and apply these ancient martial arts and teach them to all who wish to study them in an effort to resurrect, and perhaps perpetuate, traditions that would otherwise be lost. We are fortunate enough to have a dedicated core of practitioners who are committed to making this vision a reality, while learning and having fun along the way.

Austin

Want to Join Crossing Fight School?

All you need to begin is a willingness to learn, and a means to get to our venue. Step one is to come to one of our classes to see for yourself what we do and how we do it. The first lesson is free, and you can either sit in or actually participate (with an experienced practitioner or instructor, of course). Time after class will be set aside to provide additional information and answer any questions you might have.