Established in 2016, the Victorian Historical Combat Academy (VHCA) is a Melbourne-based Historical European Martial Arts School teaching students 19th Century Italian military sabre and other Victorian-era fighting styles in a safe and friendly environment.

The school uses modern equipment and teaching methods to deliver a curriculum based on primary historical sources from the 19th century. We are not a re-enactment or live-roleplaying group. Rather, we are a modern martial art based on real historical European sources. Our main focus of study is The Art of the Dueling Sabre, a modern English translation of an 1872 Italian military fencing manual.

Shannon Headshot Beard SmallSenior instructor of the VHCA is Shannon Walker, who has been studying Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) since 2009. Shannon runs the Wednesday night class.

Martin Kraskov and Sebastian Seager are instructors at the VHCA and run the Saturday afternoon class, as well as assisting Shannon with the Wednesday night class.

The VHCA runs two classes:

  • 7.30pm to 9.30pm every Wednesday evening
  • 2.30pm to 4.30pm Saturday afternoons

The Academy trains in the School Hall at the Moorabbin Primary School on Worthing Road in Moorabbin.

Victorian Historical Combat Academy
School Hall, Moorabbin Primary School
Worthing Road
Moorabbin, VIC, Australia
The school can be found just off the Nepean Highway, behind Freedom Furniture.
It is about 600 metres from Highett Train Station

Email: vhca@swordplay.org.au