HEMA stands for Historical European Martial Arts. As a whole, the community at large tends to focus on recreating martial arts systems used roughly from the 14th through the 18th century across many weapon systems.  Historical manuals are the main source of information and go into varying levels of detail.  These are used as a basis for understanding practices and their applications in the historical context in which they were created.

At Austin Historical Weapons Guild specifically, we treat the historical sources as a guideline for recreating a martial art. Primarily we study the Lichtenauer tradition, and because of that, we incorporate wrestling into the core of our training and martial curriculum. Dagger and messer are also given a focus as both reinforce the core concepts of our school program as well, of course, as is longsword.


Anthony Buonomo

Founder/Head Instructor


Anthony has been studying HEMA since 2014 though his martial arts training begins much before that with Eastern Martial Arts.  He brings a passion to teaching HEMA that pulls from both scholarly and movement sensibilities to create an empowering experience for students.  He founded AHWG on the idea that anyone can swordfight.

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"I want to create an inclusive space

for people to experience a historic fighting system on their own terms. If they want to come and fight their friends once a week, we are here for that. If students want to compete, we are ready to coach and challenge them to be their best. We fight with good intentions, good technique, and good sportsmanship"

Phil Canzano


Anna has been a sword nerd since 2018 when she took her first class at AHWG.  Now she partners in the operations of the school as well as co-teaches beginner courses, directs the children's program and has brought dance to AHWG.  With over twenty years of dance teaching experience, she is always looking for ways to connect her two-movement loves



Phil began his love affair with HEMA about 2003 and is our resident expert on all things Italian.  Not only is Phil knowledgeable, but his enthusiasm for teaching others is evident in his generous teaching style that above all is aimed at his students succeeding.


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Anna Beard

Asst. Instructor

Andreas started his sword journey with the AHWG in 2018 and has been excited about hitting friends safely ever since. He enjoys teaching and seeing students get hooked on a fun and exciting martial art. As a native German he can pronounce "Schlüssel" correctly.

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James Cooper

Asst. Instructor

Drawn to HEMA as a dual pursuit of academic knowledge and physical discipline, James started studying the art with AHWG in 2016. With a professional background in education, James loves to share this passion and his knowledge with others while continuing to learn himself.

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Andreas Fabis