The Okanagan Combat Guild

About Us

The Okanagan Combat Guild is Kelowna’s school for Historical European Swordsmanship. At our school, you can expect to train in the premier weapons of Renaissance Europes fencing schools, including the rapier, dussack and two handed longsword. In addition, we are a part of the wider HEMA(Historical European Martial Arts) community, taking part in events and tournaments so we can test and enhance our swordfighting skills. If you’re enthusiastic about swords, history and like a bit of exercise, then the Combat Guild might be the place for you!

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What Is HEMA?

HEMA stand for Historical European Martial Arts. We are a community of enthusiasts working to revive the lost martial arts of Medieval and Renaissance Europe. By reading and interpreting manuals written by historical fencing masters, we reconstruct the fighting styles used in the time period. HEMA is the fastest growing sport in the world, with thousands of participants all over the globe.

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Class Schedule


7:30pm – 9:30pm

7:30pm – 8:30pm

8:30pm – 9:30pm


7:00pm – 9:00pm

7:00pm – 8:00pm
Alternating Beginner’s Dussack and Longsword

8:00pm – 9:00pm


1:00pm – 7:00pm

1:00pm – 2:00pm
Beginner’s Dussack

2:00pm – 3:00pm
Beginner’s Longsword

3:00pm – 4:15pm
Regular Dussack

4:30pm – 5:45pm
Regular Longsword

6:00pm – 7:00pm
Open Sparring


Attend two classes a week

Regular: $90/month
Students: $50/month*

Attend unlimited classes

Regular: $120/month
Students: $80/month*

*Must have valid student ID

Our Instructors

Adam Ritz

Head Instructor

Adam started his HEMA career in October of 2012. After one class he knew he had stumbled onto something special. Studying under the tutelage of Shawn Oldham who founded The OCG, Adam soon became the senior student in the school, outlasting many who came and went. After a few years Adam began to assist Shawn in running classes, acting as a right hand in the club’s leadership. In December of 2016 Shawn moved away from Kelowna and handed responsibility of the club over too Adam. Adam took on the role of Head Instructor and ran with it. Since then he has expanded classes and is continually working on improving his interpretations of the source material, personal training, and the training of his students.