Steel upon Steel


Welcome to Stahl auf Stahl (Steel upon Steel). On these pages you will find content relating to historical fencing as well as a description of the training routines of Stahl auf Stahl. I do not want to present cinematic pictures or grim high end reproductions of the fencing books. I want to present content. If you like this position, you may find things interesting on this site.

• Information about your offers as well as training times and locations are available in the index bar above (Rhein-Main, Rhein-Ruhr).

Stahl auf Stahl

◄ Stahl auf Stahl (Steel upon Steel) is a fencing school. It was founded in 2007 by Richard Cole in Frankfurt upon Main, Germany. My first ambition is to present three kinds of historical late medieval fencing lore: Wrestling, fencing with the long sword and fencing with buckler and sword.

Richard Cole, Founder of Stahl auf Stahl

• I am planning to expand the spectrum of lore in due time. Fencing with the rondel dagger, fencing with the long knife (langes Messer) and fencing with the rapier will follow. In a final step I wish to go on with the lore of fencing with the half pole, fencing with the halberd, fencing with the pike and the fencing with the half sword (Halbschwert).

• What I strive for is a real comprehension of martial arts, not of sport fighting. Our name is our concept: steel upon steel. We train with steel blade weaponry only. This is by no means a needless enlargement of violence, but an essential approach to training. I believe that this is the sole way to get close to the lore of the fencing masters of old.

Historical martial arts

◄ Here we have to differ very clearly: The historical martial arts are no show combat, no reenactment, no stage combat and of course no live roleplay. We do not aim at competitions under sport rules. All of these modern styles of fencing are great fun and proven ways to interpret the art of fencing under contemporary requirements. But fencing as a medieval art is not necessarily part of them. On the other hand, becoming versed in the art of medieval historical fencing is a good way to improve your weapons skills.

• If you bear that attitude in your mind, your way will perhaps lead you to us.

►► Frankfurt upon Main, 2010, Richard Cole (Stahl auf Stahl)

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