South Coast Swords

South Coast Swords
Historical European Martial Arts


 Photo By: Annette Brown, Forged in Fire: Knife or Death

Photo By: Annette Brown, Forged in Fire: Knife or Death

Forged in Fire:
Knife or Death

Be sure to tune in to the History Channels second season of Forged in Fire: Knife or Death, to see some of our students and instructors as well as other members of HEMA community compete for the title of Forged in Fire: Knife or Death Campion.

South Coast Swords

South Coast Swords is one of the top HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts) schools on the West Coast of the United States. Located in Orange County, California, South Coast Swords specializes in instructing students of all levels in the use of a variety of medieval and renaissance weaponry, primarily from the Liechtenauer tradition.

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World Class Instructors

South Coast Swords brings together a diverse group of instructors with historical, real world and martial arts expertise. Many of our instructors are top-level competitors and are looked upon as knowledgeable resources throughout the entire HEMA community.

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Award Winning Fighters

While tournaments are not the primary reason we hone our craft as martial artists, they are a good measure of our progress. You will routinely see our our students and instructors competing in top tier competition, making it to elimination rounds, finishing in the top eight and medaling. Several of our students are recognized as top-ranked fighters in the United States and in the world across various weapons systems.

Sometimes you will even find out students and instructors showcasing their skills or serving as experts for television shows like, MythBusters, Forged in Fire: Knife or Death, and Man at Arms: Art of War.

We do not list our accomplishments to impress, but to honor our students and to show the prospective student that our methods get results.

Click here to view some of the medals we have earned.



South Coast Swords has class programs available for members and non-members alike. First and foremost, we want you to come to class, we want you to enjoy it, and we want you to come back. Classes as a non-member cost $15. Once you're hooked on HEMA we do recommend that you join our club. Club membership is $52 / year ($1 / week) and will reduce your single class fee to as little as $6, depending on the payment option you choose and how often you attend.

Click here to learn more about our membership options and how to sign up.


All Classes Each Week

$96 — 1 Month (Membership Required)
$234 — 3 Month (Membership Required)

Drop-in Classes

$15 — Single Class for Non-Members
$10 — Single Class for Members
$95 — 10 Class Package