) is an historical fencing group based in the heart of Edinburgh and dedicated to the study and practice of historical European swordsmanship as a martial art. We in the
base our knowledge on the study of genuine treatises by the old masters of the past and we put our knowledge into practice with regular
Dawn Duellists are now on summer break - the festival steals our hall so it's holiday time. we will be back on Monday, 1st September for study groups, with the rest of the classes commencing that week.
Fencing is fun!
is proud of its relaxed and friendly club atmosphere and among our instructors
we number some of the country's finest swordsmen.
We run workshops and courses on various styles of historical fencing and European martial arts (HEMA
) in Edinburgh throughout the year. All of our classes are open to beginners and experienced fencers alike, so if you are interested in learning to fence with us, please contact us
or even better, come along! We are always keen to see new faces (although we do require you to be over 18).
Historical fencing uses heavier weapons than modern sports fencing so our classes are run with safety in mind because it's part of our fencing philosophy to have fun and enjoy ourselves while we learn and when we compete.
The Dawn Duellists do even duel at dawn occasionally, which is as good an excuse for a picnic as any!