Announcement: The HEMA Scholar Awardees of 2014!

The jury for the HEMA Scholar Awards 2014 has finally reached a decision on what nominees will be awarded for their work and dedication in 2013. Here are their choices and motivations…

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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…

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A call to arms

From at least as far back as the early to mid 1400s, all the way up until about the French Revolution in 1789, longsword fencers have been practicing with fechtschwerter, or what is today commonly called federschwert, a sword type with a flared schildt and blunt edges, used for training and/or competing

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Post your thoughts

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 the whole community.

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Welcome to HROARR

Resources for the Historical European Martial Arts and Sports Community

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.

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Originally starting out just as a simple site to share links to equipment suitable to HEMA and to clubs around the world, the HROARR site has now grown far beyond the hopes that I had when starting the transformation into more of a community site. I am personally... read more

Review: The Böker Plus Schanz Dagger

Before we look at the knife in question for this review we have to step back in time a bit and look at where it comes from; i.e. the works of Col. Rex Applegate & Lt.Col. W.E. Fairbairn. Parts of these roots have already been described in the article The KA-BAR... read more

Technical issues

Hi everyone! For the last few days we have been experiencing some technical issues with the site. I am not quite sure of the cause but it may be due to a server update, but possibly also some other reasons. We are working on solving this and would like to apologize... read more

Fencing and Modernity

What is a Fencer? Part II The sword is one of the most powerful symbols of our culture. But how does the sword and fencing fit into our modern world? And what defines modernity? Today, we take a deeper look at what it means to be a fencer. We dive into the soul of men... read more

Choreographing HEMA for film

A director who was filming a documentary about a historical battle on a ship recently approached me. So, this is an attempt to share experiences so that we can learn and develop our methods. I know that there are quite a few people within the HEMA community working... read more

HEMA in the N.Y. Times

We’re quite excited to see HEMA being reported in the renowned and prestigious N.Y. Times magazine! It features both an article on the HEMA event Longpoint by Mac William Bishop as well as a video report, both showing well-known names like Jessica Finley, Axel... read more

On Tournament rules

Well I guess this is the “hot potato” of the HEMA community! I am sure that a lot of other people before me and surely a lot of others after me will deal with the subject. First of all I have to let you know that I never participated in any tournament due to... read more

Review: Swordbag Liechtenauer

As much as I love the pioneering aspect of Historical Fencing some aspects of it have, at times, also been a bit frustrating as we have had little actual gear designed specifically for what we do, apart from… weapons, at least until rather late in the modern... read more

Resources on Medieval Literacy, Part II

The 13th Century: Commercial numeracy and literacy. Lay literacy and the first public schools. The Beguines of Flanders. The second life of the translation school of Toledo. Writing in the vernacular. Eyeglasses. The commonplace book. The Universities. The Fourth... read more

Review: Ontario Knives Chimera

Among the countries of the world one stands out as truly blessed with excellent knife makers manufacturing big utility/combat knives. Why that is, is hard to tell. Size is of course one factor, but perhaps also a generally high living standard combined with a still... read more

Resources on Medieval Literacy, Part I

Resources on Medieval Literacy, Part 1 When we talk about Historical European Martial Arts we obviously tend to focus on the martial first and foremost. Most HEMA research emphasizes the content of the manuals themselves, parsing and reparsing the author’s words and... read more

Review: Tinea Kombat Knife

  Today we are going to look closer at a fairly new modern Italian-design combat knife that not so many have heard of yet, a knife that due to its design, quality and price certainly deserves more attention. This is the Tinea Kombat Knife, designed by M° Danilo... read more

Jogo do Pau returns to the WWOC

It is my pleasure to announce that, after sadly missing the 2012 event, I’ll be again teaching at the WWOC (Hannover). More, this time I’ll be happily teaching with the assistance of fellow JdP instructor Patrick Scheler, whose skill, knowledge and... read more
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