Mission statement

The Hauke Swordplay Summit pledges to provide a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere for all students of historical fencing and martial arts through focused practice and demonstration, with an emphasis on chivalric culture.

What to expect

When you attend the Hauke Swordplay Summit, you can expect a relaxed, focused atmosphere of HEMA camaraderie. Specific, interesting classes and lectures aimed towards helping to improve your understanding of HEMA share the daytime with our Deed of Arms—the Tournoi du Faucon Noir, in which participants work to recreate 15th century martial contests. The evening features free fencing in the fieldhouse, food and drink, and late-hour discussions between friends old and new.

Hosted by the Black Falcon School of Arms, the Summit is also your chance to get hands-on with the rarely-studied medieval English martial tradition contemporary with Fiore and Liechtenauer. Whether discussing the finer points of Burgundian pollaxe over brandy in the common room, grinding the burrs from your sword before the next bout of the Squires’ Deed, or comparing interpretations of the Grand Coupee, the Hauke Swordplay Summit aims to be your Rocky Mountain destination for a HEMA event where each letter of the acronym is equally important.


The Abbey, formerly known as the Holy Cross Abbey & Abbey School, is a unique and extraordinary venue in Southern Colorado. The Abbey was home to monks from the Order of St. Benedict and Catholic College Prep High School for boys. Today, it is privately owned and hosts numerous activities and events throughout the year.

The Abbey is located on 200 acres at the eastern edge of Cañon City. The monastery building is a charming, four-story, English Gothic structure that has been enrolled in the National Registry of Historical Places. About fifty acres of the land constitute the Abbey campus. The remaining area is mostly under cultivation or used for various shops and farm buildings.

For more information on the Abbey, please visit their website at http://theabbeycc.com


Please bring a valid ID and a signed copy of our waiver with you for checkin. You may view and download it here.