A HEMA Alliance Sponsored event.

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The South East Renaissance Fencing Open is being held for the 6th time! 

This year the event shall include Longsword, Rapier, Sword and Buckler, and Ringen events. We look forward to seeing you there!


The Event is being held Fri Nov 9, Sat Nov 10 and Sun Nov 11 in Atlanta, GA. All are welcome to come, and fence.

The rules and schedule for the different events will be posted as we get closer to the event.


  • Sunday Morning Classes

  • Piedmont Historical Fencing League Open Longsword

  • Women's Longsword

  • Conventional Rapier based on Gaiani's conventions

  • First Blood Rapier

  • Sword and Buckler

  • Youth Longsword

  • Youth Rapier

  • Ringen (Held at Unit 2 Fitness)

Cost for Event:

  • Weekend Early Registration (Until Oct 28) - $55

  • Weekend Registration plus at door (From Oct 29 to event date) - $65

  • Single Day Registration - $35

  • Ringen addition (venue cost cover) - $10

  • T-Shirt - $15

Rules for the Tournaments:

Weapon Tournaments: Rules

Ringen Tournament: Rules

Friday Night Workshop


Dori Coblentz

Dori Coblentz’s (PhD Emory University, 2017) work as a fencing teacher is informed by a long Italian-American tradition. In 2017, she earned a Provost at Arms certification in foil, saber, and epee, with a historical concentration in Italian rapier, through Sonoma State University’s Fencing Masters Certificate Program. Her most recent work has been within the historical fencing movement, where she is particularly interested in curriculum development. She has published on this topic in a 2018 training manual, Fundamentals of Italian Rapier: A Modern Manual for Teachers and Students of Historical Fencing, which she co-authored with David Coblentz. She is the co-founder of the Decatur School of Arms, which offers weekly classes for adult learners in rapier fencing.

“Taking Your Time in Italian Rapier Fencing”

In everyday speech, to "take your time" means to not be in a hurry, and implies leisurely movement. This class will explore ways in which fencers can take their time in a different sense - choosing the best moment to act. Students will be introduced to methods for training a more rapid reaction time, and they will practice recognizing and generating tempi of opportunity. Required equipment includes mask, gorget, rapier, chest protector, and jacket. A few of these items may be available to loan out to students who contact the instructor in advance.

Sunday Morning Classes

These classes shall be held from 9am - 11am on Sunday morning. Each class is 30 minutes long and shall touch upon one element that the instructor wishes to teach for that weapon. There shall be a session for

  • Longsword

  • Rapier

  • Sword and Buckler

  • Basket Hilted Sword

Your instructors are found below

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David Biggs

David Biggs has been a Rector (instructor) with the Tattershall School of Defense since 2005. He began studying swordplay from the historical manuals sometime around 1996 (Saviolo and DiGrassi), and started digging into Ridolfo Capo Ferro in 2001 and Giovanni d'allAgocchie in 2003. While these remain his primary foci, he has also cracked open a few other manuals along the way. In the SCA he is a member of the Order White Scarves of Ansteorra and the Order of the Laurel.

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Brad Cramer JR

Brad is the founder of the University of West Florida Fencing Club in 2004 and for the past 4 years has been the club instructor. His area of expertise is Italian rapier and English backsword, but he is also fairly versed in longsword, saber, dussack, and ringen. Brad participates heavily in the Society for Creative Anachronism, having achieved it's highest recognition for fencing.

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Jayson Barrons

Jayson cut his HEMA teeth with Tristan Zukowski at NYHFA, before moving to Denver. Here he is one of the instructors at the Denver Historical Fencing Academy. He also trains in epee for the purpose of honing technique as well as fencing strategy. Jayson is currently the President of the HEMA Alliance and Editor of measureandweigh.com. .

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David Rowe

David is a senior instructor with the Virginia Academy of Fencing where he has trained in various HEMA traditions since 2001 and taught professionally since 2005. His main areas of focus are early Liechtenauer tradition Kunst Des Fechten, Ringen, I.33, and 17th century Italian Rapier. David is a founding member of the United States Historical Ringen Association, is undergoing his graduate studies at the Catholic University of America with a focus on transcription and translation of Medieval manuscripts, and is a nationally and internationally recognized competitor and medalist.



  • Doors open: 8am

  • Women's Longsword: 9am - 10:30am

  • Open Longsword: 10:30am - 1pm

  • Lunch: 1pm - 2pm

  • Longsword elims: 2pm - 3pm

  • First Blood Rapier: 3pm - 5.30pm

  • Finals: 5.30pm


  • Ringen: 7.30pm - 9.30pm

  • Workshop: 7.30pm - 9.30pm


  • Youth Tournaments: 9am - 11am

  • Sunday Morning Classes: 9am - 11am

  • Conventional Rapier: 11am - 1pm

  • Lunch: 1pm - 2pm

  • Rapier elims: 2pm - 3pm

  • Sword and Buckler: 3pm - 5.30pm

  • Finals: 5.30pm


The location of the event is:

More information for the event can also be found at our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/serfencingopen


All equipment will be checked when a fencer registers on the day for their tournaments. No fencer shall be allowed to participate until all of their gear has been inspected and passed. Participants are encouraged to contact the tournament organizers ahead of time if they have any questions regarding equipment. There may be limited equipment available the day of the tournament for participants to borrow. Some equipment may also be available for purchase on the day of the tournament.

Link: Equipment List


HEMA Alliance members please contact the organizers for the HEMAA code before buying Pass.

Registration is closed.

If you contact the organizers then it may be possible to still compete.

Please email atlantafreifechter@gmail.com to find out more information.

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