About Us


Founded in 2004 and based in Taunton, Somerset; Taunton Longsword Association (TLA) is a club that researches, interprets, and trains members in Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA).

In 2015, TLA became AHA logo re-draw 2members of the Academy of Historical Arts  (AHA), one of the foremost collectives of HEMA clubs in the UK.


In 2017, TLA was accepted as a registered member of the”Independent Martial Arts Sport Association” (IMASA), a growing presence in the world of HEMA clubs with their instructor insurance.

TLA specialises in the two-handed ‘longsword’ focussing on the German Tradition as formalised by Johannes Liechtenauer in the 1400’s and this is the primary activity of the club. Occasionally, we take a break from longsword to train in other HEMA disciplines:

  • Longsword
  • Medieval dagger combat
  • Sword & Buckler (I.33)
  • Wrestling (Ringen) – tbc
  • Staff weapon combat – tbc

TLA is a friendly club with a diverse membership from a range of backgrounds: Eastern martial arts, reenactment, teaching, office managers, NHS workers, and with a broad spectrum of fitness and learning objectives.

Whatever your goals are in researching HEMA and longsword, we will endeavour to assist you in reaching them. Some common reasons our members give for joining:

  • Improve fitness
  • Learn how to sword fight
  • Historical interest/research
  • Social/meeting people
  • “Not your usual martial art”
  • Participate in national/international competitions

Naturally, like any sport, the more you put in the more you get out of it. TLA encourages regular weekly attendance as often the more complex ‘plays’ (moves stitched together) are learned over a number of sessions. However, there is no pressure to attend regularly and TLA understands that even with the best of intentions, life can get in the way.
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Training takes place twice per week:

Monday at 19.00 until 21.00.
Wednesday at 19.30 until 21.30.

For people interested in learning more, your first session is free, drop us a line first so we know you’re coming!


With the success of the ‘Give A Girl A Sword’ initiative plus associated secondary enquiries, the club is at capacity on both Wednesday (beginners) and Monday’s. We’ve started up the waiting list again so please feel free to contact us, ask questions etc. As soon as we have space, we will contact you directly.

Where we are

Training takes place at the Albemarle Centre in Albemarle Road, Taunton (http://albemarle-centre.co.uk/)

Albemarle Road

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