History & Origins
Association for Historical Fencing
The Grand Assault of Arms was first established in 2003 by the Association of Historical Fencing, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization of professional fencing instructors, amateur practitioners, and fencing enthusiasts. Part of the Association’s mission has been to develop complete and impartial competition rulesets and organize professionally run tournaments with certified judges and directors. The Grand Assault of Arms is the Association’s foremost tournament and one of the longest running traditional fencing tournaments in the world.