Classes for a unique form of combat are now being offered at the Lord Roberts Community Centre Wednesday nights.
Cody Skillen started studying martial arts at 16. Having Russian and German heritage, he focused on a Russian martial art called Systema before he learned more about his German lineage.
"I did some research and found my family used to be German nobility," said Skillen, now 23. "Then I became interested in their marital traditions."
German martial arts involve fighting with longswords, messers (a predecessor to the modern sabre), and daggers, among other weapons.
Using ancient translated instructional texts, Skillen learned the art of using a longsword in combat was a broken one.
"This is a study of history for me," said Skillen. "It’s also a way to connect (with the) mindset of German warriors to see what it would be like."
Skillen said no one should be afraid to come to the classes.
"It’s exercise and its socializing but you only live once," said Skillen. "If you are interested, even just a little bit, people should come out."
The 18-and-over classes are underway every Wednesday night from 8:30-10:30 p.m. and cost $20 for drop in or $60 per month.