With America being so big it’s impractical at the moment for a league to span the whole country but there are already several leagues around the country.
The LHFL is brought about by the same team behind Longpoint, and annual event in Baltimore including multiple tournaments and coaching session. There isn’t a lot of information available at the moment about the LHFL but it should be released in the next few weeks. As soon as we hear anything we will let you know. Currently the only event we know about is FlowerPoint.
Flowerpoint is hosted by L’Arte Della Bellica in Pennsylvania and will be on the 4th of March 2017. Only featuring a longsword tournament, Flowerpoint runs on a very similar rules to Longpoint. Points are awarded subjectively by the judges depending on how effective and controlled the hit is. We will be looking at the rule set in detail in the future.
Based in the Pacific Northwest the CHFL looks to be a very new league that has yet to run or host an event. We’ve yet to speak to anyone from the CHFL and will look to update this when we know more.
The SHFL covers Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas and links together events hosted by different HEMA clubs and schools.
The WEIRD Open 2017 in running in Texas on the 28th of January, it looks like it will be a Longsword tournament and a single sword tournament, with the option to take a buckler.
The Rumble in the Rock is February 18th and 19th in Little Rock, Arkansas.
The NorCal HFL is another newcomer, hosting the Fechtschule Sacramento in 2016. 2017 looks to be a breakout year for them though with two events already planned.
DEMAS Long Sword Tournament is another event being hosted on the 28th of January, but in Santa Clara, California. It looks like the organisers are doing a lot of work training their judges ahead of the event which is always great to see.
3rd Annual Tosetti Institute HEMA Tournament is in Redwood City, California on Saturday the 4th of March, but currently that’s all we know about it.
The MHFL is covering the Great Lakes Region of the United States. If like me your knowledge of USA geography is lacking they have a map on their website to show you what they are talking about. There are two events already announced for 2017 and 2 more still advertising their 2016 dates.
Midwinter Armizare Open in Chicago on the 21st of January has two tournaments. A longsword tournament and single handed sword tournament. What’s really interesting is the winner of the two tournaments meet for a final bout to crown the Winter King.
Icebreaker 2017 is May 13th and 14th in St Paul. Featuring a steel longsword, single stick and mixed nylon tournament there is something for everyone.
For a European fighter there isn’t really enough notice to comfortably arrange a trip to these tournaments unless you already have a multi entrance visa. Although it would be great to hear of European fighters making the journey. Over the next few months we will be looking ion more detail at some of the leagues and their different events and rules.
Author: Chris Bear
Chris got into HEMA in 2015 when he joined School of the Sword Reading. The main focuses of his training are sidesword and rapier, but he also enjoys fighting with sabres. One day he will take the plunge and start training in longsword.
Chris is the owner and editor of AfterBlow which makes it all his fault.