Ancient Arts Fellowship

Medieval reenactment in Canberra

This is the official website of the Ancient Art Fellowship (AAF), one of Australia's oldest continually running medieval reenactment groups.

Our fighting style is partway between a martial art, a physical hobby and a sport. While not as formal and structured as a martial art, it is less competitive than a sport. Safety is our primary concern. New combatants are taught to be safe first, and then progress to more advanced weapons, such as spears and two handed axes. We also wear amour to make fighting safer. It looks cool and is fun to make. If you are just starting, or just want to have a look, we can lend you all the equipment you need. Then, at workshops and craft nights, we can teach you how to make your own.

Fighting is open to anyone over 16 years of age, and under 16s must have parental supervision.

Where and When?

We train three times a week, Monday, Tuesday evenings and on Saturday afternoons.

Sat and Tues training is based on a living history foundation as per the above description.

Monday night and Tuesdays at 4.30 training is based on Historic European Martial Arts foundation. This is recreating and learning the arts of swordsmanship as described by historical treatises. We're currently studying I.33 manuscript on fighting with a sword and buckler.

Saturday afternoon training starts at 2pm (3pm during daylight saving) and 1pm for Historic European Martial Arts and on the Western Foreshore of Lake Ginninderra:


Tuesday evening training starts at 5:30pm (4.30 for Historic European Martial Arts) on the ANU: Next to Fellows oval near the ANU center for Continuing studies. Monday is at the same place starting at 6.45 .


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