The London Historical School of Defense is dedicated to the study of
Western European combat techniques in the 14th century. Through the
use of various manuscripts, commonly referred to as 'fechtbuchs', our
students and instructors train and study these techniques as a means
of preserving a very real and effective means of self defense.
There are three documents that have survived the centuries and are the
basis of our training methodology and approach. Our main source is the
Italian book Fior di Battaglia, written by Fiore dei Liberi and completed
in 1409. Hanko Döbringer completed his writings on the teachings
of the German Johannes Lichtenauer in 1389 and Manuscript I.33 is based
upon the teachings of a Germanic Priest to his students around 1310.
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to view our corresponding sections, what our students need to know,
more information about our primary sources and our school!
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ask questions and find out what we do. We offer a free introductory
class and can assist you in any way we can to get you started on your
path to martial, historical and spiritual growth!