Davenriche offers classes on a variety of Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) weapons such as longsword, sidesword, and dagger. We also have classes for grappling, knife, stick fighting, modern combat, and self defense.
Workshops and Events
We offer a monthly longsword workshop plus indoor airsoft twice a month. In addition Davenriche regularly hosts other workshops, tournaments, and even birthday parties or corporate events.
Our instructors have a combined 80 years of experience in a variety of western martial arts.
Steaphen Fick opened Davenriche European Martial Artes (DEMAS) in 2000, teaching a handful of students in his garage. Since then DEMAS has expanded to over 130 students and a 8700 square foot facility in Santa Clara, CA.
DEMAS has students ranging from age 8 to 80 and offers courses on historic use of longsword, rapier and dagger, single rapier, the Rondel dagger, the Spada di Filo, fully armoured Combat as well as other weapon systems.
We have based our training on the manuscripts of Fiore dei Liberi and Philippo di Vadi, adapting these medieval combat manuals to modern self-defense. Our curriculum is principle based, allowing the techniques to be applied regardless of whether the student fights with a longsword, a stick, or even unarmed.