Calling Sabreurs! – Open Sabre Tournament 12 October

Sabre Tournament Melbourne

A friendly Italian Sabre fencing tournament was held on Saturday 12 October at Packer Park Pavilion, 120 Leila Rd Carnegie.

The tournament was full and nearly 50 bouts occurred.

  • Opening at 9:00 am and running till 3:30 pm with a break for lunch this will be a friendly event.  With the rules based on the age of great the Italian Tournaments of the Victorian era where duelling was still both functional and art at the same time.
  • Sabres are provided – Which are new Castille Armory Sabres with light and fast 16 mm blades. So light to medium armour only (see rules). If you have insufficient equipment please contract Sebastian and arrangements can be made.
  • For more information and bookings see the event page here 
  • Visitors and spectators welcome!

Booked Out!  – Find your draw!

The competition is full and the matches are now drawn
Select VHCA Open\Open Sabre\ then Pool Matches or Pool Rosters tabs
See you there!


In the meantime, please make sure you familiarise yourselves with the rules and MSS regulations:
Tournament Rules:

MSS Regulations:

See you all soon!

2019 Classes have started Wednesdays
New Starters  from 7:00 pm  – Regular 7:45 – 9:30 pm 
  Moorabbin Primary School Hall  VHCA Sabre sword HEMA Beginners Class

The Victorian Historical Combat Academy is the only HEMA club in Bayside Melbourne and focusses on teaching and practising 19th-century Italian military sabre fencing.

Italian military sabre fencing is one of the preeminent sword martial art systems upon which modern fencing is based.

It is a fun way to learn about sword fighting and history, while also improving fitness and having the opportunity to meet new people in a supportive and very friendly environment.

The club has trained professional actors and an article about us in the Herald Sun newspaper can be found here.

New members are always welcome, and it is easy and free to try – training is Wednesday nights at Moorabbin Primary School.

Contact us at or call Sebastian on 0447 21 21 43 to get started!