The Selohaar Fechtschule (German for 'Fencing School') is a historical fencing study group within the Order of Selohaar. The group meets weekly to research, study, and practice the martial arts of Medieval and early Renaissance Europe under the guidance of the Grand Master of the Order, Christian Henry Tobler. Mr. Tobler, a member of the Advisory Board for Swordplay Symposium International, is an internationally-known researcher, instructor, and combatant and has instructed at seminars and symposia around the United States for seven years.
The Fechtschule focuses on the Fechtbücher, or "fight books", of the masters of the tradition arising from the teachings of the 14th century grandmaster Johannes Liechtenauer. We use the treatises ascribed to Sigmund Ringeck, Peter von Danzig, Paulus Kal, Hans Talhoffer, Peter Falkner, and others, whose commentaries on Liechtenauer's secret verses constitute the medieval German Kunst des Fechtens (Art of Fighting). These manuscripts document the use of the longsword, dagger, poleaxe, and unarmed combat, both in and out of armour, on foot and on horseback.
We now offer instruction at seven locations. In addition to instruction at the Manor, the Order's headquarters, and a full chapter of the Order, the Southern Preceptory in Florida, the Fechtschule now has five remote chapters, the Great Plains Fechtschule, under the tutelage of Mrs. Jessica Finley; Veritas Swordplay Academy, under the direction of Mr. Eric Slyter; the Lake Ontario Fechtschule, headed by Mr. Todd Sullivan; the Historic Recrudescence Guild, instructed by Mr. David Teague; and Staten Island German Martial Arts, headed by Mr. Michael Ahrens and Mr. Christopher Torres - all personal students of Christian's!
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The Vier Leger, or Four Guards, from the 1452 von Danzig Fechtbuch