What is Espada Negra?


Espada Negra – Hema Study Group’s goal is the practice, study, research, promotion and teaching of what is commonly known as Historical European Martial Arts, or HEMA for short.

Founded in 2015, the group has three main instructors, one of which has an international resume, who teach classes around the practice and fencing of weapons that range from the 16th to 19th centuries, of which the Longsword, Rapier and Sabre, are the most popular. This, however, does not mean our members cannot study other weapons, systems and treatises in parallel with the classes. In fact, we try to encourage our members to do so whenever possible.

The group also strongly supports academia and research, having transcribed and translated several Portuguese sources related to what we do, much thanks to the effort of some of our members.

We aim to be a cohesive and inclusive group that doesn’t turn its back to anyone. As such, anyone and everyone is welcome to our sessions, to debate, to practice. To, above all else, share the love we have for HEMA.