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Ted Elsner

Ted Elsner photo Ted Elsner
  • Senior Instructor
  • Longsword
  • Dagger

Head Instructor

Ted Elsner has been working with Meyer's KdF since the early 2000s, back when HEMA was still known as "Western Martial Arts". He founded the original club, the Sacramento Freifechter, that the school grew out of in 2012. Making use of his Masters in Education he is responsible for the running of the school and the designing of the curriculum. In addition to teaching the introductory classes he also runs the Red Ribbon study group and the White Ribbon class.


Youth Program Now Available

Youth Program Now Available

We are excited to announce that we are now offering classes for kids! 

The SHFA Youth Program provides training to kids 14 and under* who are interested in learning how to fence with historical weapons such as the long sword. Students will learn how to safely handle a sword and use it to defend themselves.


Cost$160 for 8 classes

When: Sundays at Noon

Where:  McKinley Park 

To enroll just fill out the form below. All necessary equipment is provided, no additional gear purchases are necessary. Students make use of wooden and padded weapons in their training.

*Minimum age is 8 although some students may be declined at the discretion of the instructors.

Thank you for enrolling! We will contact you shortly to confirm your enrollment. If you have any questions just email us at