Resources for the Historical European Martial Arts & Sports Community
Nominate people for the HEMA Scholar Awards
Finally, it is time to start nominating the researchers you admire, respect and consider to be worthy of having their hard work awarded both with these awards and nice prizes like swords, books and fencing gear. Surely you know of … Continue reading →
To all HEMA-related business owners
To all swordsmiths, protection gear manufacturers, equipment retailers, event organizers and other HEMA-related business owners: HROARR is now introducing a discreet and HEMA-specific Ad banner system to help you market your products. The hope is that this will get you … Continue reading →
Post your thoughts on HROARR
The beauty of posting your texts on HROARR is that we then can have lots of HEMA articles published under various categories, even quite specific ones, where people post their thoughts and research, and all of it is searchable for … Continue reading →
The HROARR site focuses on different aspects of Historical European Martial Arts. It is meant to serve both as a help to active HEMA practitioners and as a source of inspiration for people that are unfamiliar with this form of Martial Arts.
At its core the HROARR site is a free online HEMA magazine with contributions from the whole community. It is also a neutral meeting ground where we can all connect, share and learn from each other using the tools provided by the site.
Throughout history going all the way back from at least medieval times up until modern military bayonet training a diagram typically depicting four crossing lines with seven or eight directions of cutting or striking have been used. The fact that it has changed little is of course not very surprising as it is tied to human physiology, both that of our opponent and in how we are capable of using our weapons in striking.
This week we will look briefly at this and how we can categorize the various types of cuts and reflect a bit on their forms of applications. Continue reading →
An often overlooked aspect of historical fencing is how to go about turning all the information contained in a fencing text into a structured means of teaching and learning.
At first it seems as if this would be pretty obvious- do what the text tells you and mimic what you see in the pictures. However this can often lead to incomplete understanding and poorly honed skills with a lack of the fundamentals. What if you want something more?
This is where you need to develop your analytical skills and read between the lines in a text or treatise in order to gain a deeper understanding of what is required to improve your fencing and then turn this understanding into an explicit curriculum for study. Continue reading →
… Published in 1573, by George Dubois, Master-of-Arms.
Examining the nature of the works by ancient masters of fencing always surprises me. They are often criticised as being baser than modern works which are the apogee of the art and that the ancients are little but rungs on the ladder towards a pinnacle. By tradition among fencing salles Saint Didier and his works are portrayed as pale imitations of Italian techniques of the era, and his work has a certain childishness. This is not my opinion.
The perfection of paintings and sculptures of the Renaissance exceed the sad quality of the majority of modern works which led me to consider without prejudice that the teaching methods and vocabulary used of yore and the art of arms of the XVIth century must have equal superiority and value as modern methods (called “epee”) which certain professors dare cite as the definitive form of the French School. Continue reading →
This week’s article will be talking about the topic of various ways of counterstriking against an attack. Different masters and traditions handle this differently, depending on their core tactics and views on what distances and timing to use as the basis for the general fighting. Some even mix different solutions in varying proportions, combining different and sometimes disparate styles into their own personal style, with Joachim Meyer being a prime example of this. Continue reading →
This time we will start moving into somewhat more unexplored and unmapped territory, working with various clues gathered from different places, to help us guide the way through the (wide) distance. The working theory is that there is a certain distance that many of us need to learn to fight at and utilize more intently and not just pass through or end up in - a distance that is little discussed in the “German” treatises, as it just didn’t need as much explaining for our predecessors since it was common practice to utilize it and thus the authors chose to focus on the more difficult issues and techniques. Let me explain… Continue reading →
Before I go any further, I would like to point out that this is physically a very nice book. The copy I got was a small hard back with a blue cloth bound cover. Good paper, a nice weight in the hand but not too heavy, it endured a rather intensive reading and period of going back checking and rechecking facts, and is now something of a resource for me in my research, and it remains very robust and elegant little book in spite of all that heavy use. It is so rare these days to see a really nicely bound book, I enjoy just handling it. I guess that may be part of why it’s so expensive. Continue reading →
For the past year or so, I have been gathering data on longswords. These come from a wide range of different source, from the dark nooks of the foreboding internet to dusty tomes found in libraries. The quest has yielded around 60 longswords dated from the 13th to the 16th century. Continue reading →
Finally, it is time to start nominating the researchers you admire, respect and consider to be worthy of having their hard work awarded both with these awards and nice prizes like swords, books and fencing gear. Surely you know of some, or are even club mates or friends with such people, so please take a few minutes to check the award categories here: http://www.hroarr.com/hema-scholar-awards/award-categories
For the 2013 awards we are now accepting nominations for work published in English in 2012, as well as nominations for the Lifetime Achievement Award.
When nominating people and their work for these awards you need to send in the following to the jury:
The name of the nominee.
Contact info for the nominee.
What award categories you wish to nominate the person for.
Your motivation for nominating this person.
A copy of the work(s) or a link to the material for which the person is nominated.
Time for part 3 in the Onion Article Series, this time taking a closer look at the parts of the weapon and how it relates to handling of distance and tactics. Simply put there are two ways of approaching the issue of controlling the opponent; either physically or mentally. But[...]
Nicoletto Giganti is one of the most celebrated Italian fencing masters of the 17th century. His widely-acclaimed treatise of 1606 promised a second work, which however was long considered lost or never to have been written.
Nonetheless in 1847 Alberto Marchionni did describe a purported second book by Giganti, outlining its[...]
With no little shame, and for lack of time, I would today just very briefly like to suggest a toast for one of the more colourful, and bad-ass looking HEMA pioneers of the British Empire, Captain Sir Richard Burton, explorer, translator, soldier, fencer, orientalist, ethnologist, spy, diplomat, poet and rebel "sexologist",[...]
Continuing with part 2 in the Onion series of articles we will now focus on the topic of controlling the fight, or lack thereof and regaining it. In German terms these concepts are called Vor, Nach and Nachreissen. These concepts are hugely important, but at the same time very hard for[...]
Neither a real weapon, nor a simple cloth: the cape in Italian martial arts.
The cape is an item of clothing, subject to the rules of fashion and climate, and cannot be described appropriately by measures and rules, therefore it may have various shapes, lengths and widths, it may have a[...]
For the last year or so I have been working on a group of primarily longsword exercises based on studying fechtmeister Joachim Meyer's holistic system for training and fighting, focusing on the dussack, longsword and staff in combination with some additional mostly untutored practice of Portuguese Jogo do Pau. Some of the core[...]
French fencing guilds
of Paris, Lille, and Amiens in the 16th and 17th century
Translated by Pierre Pichon
Edited by Jean Chandler, SDA NOLA, New Orleans & Roger Norling, GHFS/MFFG
Finally we have here English translations of French fencing guild documents from the 16th and 17th centuries. These documents contain a wealth of[...]
In an attempt to build a stronger case for the HEMA community when speaking to manufacturers of protective gear and sparring swords, media, and other Martial Arts disciplines, I have initiated a survey to calculate the numbers of Hema practitioners all over the world.