Who we are

The School for Historical Fencing Arts (School voor Historische Schermkunsten - SHS - in Dutch) is, to the best of our knowledge, the first modern school for historical rapier fencing in the Netherlands. We focus on studying and practising the 17th century Dutch rapier fencing arts as described by Johannes Georgius Bruchius. In addition, we also work with Nicolaes Petter's unarmed self-defense treatise and other sources about fencing arts from the Netherlands.

We have opened our doors in September 2010, and since then we teach weekly classes in the 17th century Dutch rapier fencing arts. Follow this link for more information about training and our other activities.

The SHS is represented in the HEMAC (Historical European Martial Arts Coalition) by Reinier van Noort.
Furthermore, the SHS is a founding member of the HEFFAC.


Reinier van Noort is the founder, and was the main instructor of the SHS until August 2014 when he moved to Norway for professional reasons. Currently, Reinier is still involved with the SHS as an advisor.

Though Reinier has always had a keen interest in both knights and martial arts, he did not give in to those interests (except for practicing some Judo and Taekwondo at an early age) until he started modern (Olympic) fencing in 2003. In the summer of 2005 he was introduced to Medieval European Martial Arts via a summer-course organised by the Orde der Noorderwind. From 2005 until 2010, Reinier has trained and worked with the Orde der Noorderwind, where he has participated in various stage shows, and two film projects, both as a stunt fighter and a fight choreographer. Since 2007 Reinier has increasingly been active as trainer with the Orde der Noorderwind. Through Noorderwind, Reinier also came into contact with Zwaard en Steen, where he has also trained from 2005 to 2008. In 2008 he quit Zwaard en Steen in order to train Kadochnikov Systema with Maxim Pipotja in Amersfoort. In October 2009 he made the first English translation of Bruchius' "Scherm- ofte Wapen-konste" (Fencing- or Weapon-Art"). Around that time, he also started studying this interesting work more closely, and since January 2010 he has been researching and practising the Fencing Art described by Bruchius in practice.

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