Welcome to the homepage of Medieval Combat Group

Historical European Martial Arts in Northern Ireland, Classes - Private Tuition - Workshops - Demonstrations - Outreach

About Us

Medieval Combat Group is a Historic European Martial Arts (HEMA) group based in Belfast, practicing swordsmanship using techniques from surviving 14th to 15th century manuscripts; aiming to recreate the fighting styles of the medieval era. We train as martial artists, not as re-enactment, or role-play, and use modern safety equipment rather than period costume to allow us to get as close as possible to the actual fighting techniques as they were intended to be used. As well as running our regular classes, are happy to provide displays and interactive demonsrations or workshops at events to increase awareness and understanding of the art.

At MCG we strive to run a group which strikes a balance between the discipline necessary for training in a weapons based martial art, and an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere. As such, neither MCG instructors nor students will tolerate any unsafe behaviour, antisocial behaviour, sexism, racism, sectarianism, or any form of harrassment, bullying, or general misconduct. All students, instructors, and guests of the school are asked to follow our Code of Conduct.


We offer regular classes & private tuition in medieval swordsmanship, along with workshops and demonstrations.
Classes currently on hold due to Covid-19. In the meantime, if you're interested in joining us, please sign up to our Mailing List and we'll be in touch when we're in a position to accept new members again.


Our instructors run regular weekly classes in Belfast and Comber for intermediate level students.

Beginners Courses

Our instructors, aided by our senior students, run regular beginners courses several times a year to provide entry into the main weekly classes.

Private Tuition

Depending on Instructor and Venue availability, we can also offer private tuition, whether on the contents of our beginners courses, intermediate and advanced content, or geared towards a specific aim.

HEMA Workshops

Our instructors have taught workshops on a variety of weapons at a variety of events. We have taught technical workshops at HEMA events such as The Art That Adorns You (York), Féile na Gaiscígh (Dublin), and Tremonia Fechten (Dusseldorf), along with smaller workshops and skills sharing sessions at a range of other events.

Taster Classes and Demonstrations

We have also taught taster workshops for conventions such as TitanCon (Belfast), Q-Con (Belfast), and European Heritage Open Days, as well as presented demonstrations of medieval fencing and interpretation at the Borderlines medieval history conference at Queen's University Belfast, and given sparring demonstrations during Culture Night Belfast over several years.

Other Services

We're always happy to discuss other services we might supply for historical fencing and martial arts. Feel free to contact us with any queries.


A few highlights from the last few years of training.