The Washington DC Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) Open is a tournament dedicated to bringing back to life the ancient fighting arts of Western civilization. This international event will host a number of competitions, including: Longsword, Rapier, Arming Sword, Ringen (unarmed), Cutting, Partnered Forms and more. We are also excited to host one of the only major HEMA events that includes a Youth and Teen category to go side-by-side with our Adult Tournaments! In addition, the Washington DC HEMA Open will feature a gala dinner, gift certificates, prizes, and medals for the top 8 competitors in each category.

The Washington DC HEMA Open 2016 will be held at the luxurious Gaylord National Resort in beautiful National Harbor, Maryland, on January 15-17, so mark your calendars! As part of the Capitol Clash, the largest Olympic Sport Fencing youth tournament in the world, the Washington DC HEMA Open will provide an incredible opportunity for a tournament on an unprecedented size and scale, a truly magnificent venue, highly trained professional staff, and an unforgettable experience.

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