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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 …

John Polychronakis was one of the last sword staff makers.

Sword staff: The sword of the poor!

Original article by Eytichios Tzirtilakis. Translation into English by George E. Georgas Once upon a time in the Byzantine Empire, the wooden swords were …

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Free Fencing exercises

In our Meyer staff class we have been forced to develop methods that meet the simple fact that in staff fencing you …

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HEMA and politics

Looking at the recent "sexistic HEMA banner debate" I really feel a concern about how quickly these women and men who object have …

Some Fencing lessons, as I have received on the floor from Hans Wilhelm, the fencing master, in Sorø during the time I was there.In the year 1657, on the 10th of July.

Some Fencing Rules

The following translation of the manuscript Cod. Guelf. 264.23 contains the notes of an unknown German speaking student about his fencing lessons …

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Longswords and their data

For the past year or so, I have been gathering data on longswords. These come from a wide range of different source, …

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Unfolding the cape

Neither a real weapon, nor a simple cloth: the cape in Italian martial arts. The cape is an item of clothing, subject …

French fencing guilds

French fencing guilds of Paris, Lille, and Amiens in the 16th and 17th century Translated by Pierre Pichon Edited by Jean Chandler, …

In memory of Lt. Egerton Castle

On this day Sep 16 1920 one of our greatest HEMA Pioneers, Egerton Castle died. Together with men like Cpt Alfred Hutton, …

A proposed depiction of Johannes Liechtenauer holding a training sword, from the "von Danzig Fechtbuch" of 1452

The chronology of fencing books

At various points discussions have surfaced again and again, which question the chronology of the fencing styles and schools of late medieval and renaissance …

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Smallsword... for we are many.

“Draw not your Sword but to serve the King, preserve your Honour, or defend your Life.” "Art of Fencing", Monsieur L'Abbat, 1696 (Andrew Mahon, …

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Joachim Meyer's dagger system

Note: This is a working document and will continuously be updated as we work with our interpretations of Joachim Meyer's dagger teachings. …

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What is a fencer?

I know I am not the only one who feels fencing is more than training, research, techniques, sparring, and competitions. Being a …

Flower of Battle

Here is an excellent lecture on Fiore Furlano de Liberi, Ludwig von Eyb and more, by Michael Chidester, held at Fechtschule America …

Die Vorpal-Klinge!

This short movie shows a glimpse of the world of the Collegiate Fencing, the still living child of the Fechtschule tradition. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOLbr0BtfA7s …

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Meyer freeflow exercises

To begin with, just for clarification, this is not a typical article per se, but rather a text sorted under the Meyer …

Dynamic gripping of swords

Here's a good clip from John Clements focusing on an often forgotten aspect of swordfighting; the dynamic gripping of swords. Some time …

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Meyer's masters

On this day, 443 years ago, Fechtmeister Joachim Meyer published his magnificent fencing treatise 'Gründliche Beschreibung der Freyen Ritterlichen und Adeligen Kunst …

Fechtschwerter from Joachim Meyer's von Solms' treatise.

The WhatChaMaCallit-Schwert

In Sweden we have a saying; "A loved child has many names" and looking at what is today called a federschwert this …

Paul Hektor Mair, from the Geschlechterbuch der Stadt Augsburg of ca 1548. (detail)

Remember Mair

On this day, December 10, 433 years ago, Paul Hektor Mair was hung at the age of 62, convicted of embezzlement of …

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The Dussack - a weapon of war

In my opinion the dussack doesn't quite get the recognition it deserves in the historical fencing community, despite the fact that it …

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Russian test cutting practices

One of the great things about online HEMA research is that you often end up finding interesting material that you weren't really …

Rope drill for HEMA.

This is a very interesting exercise. The exercise is based on a boxing drill and can be expanded upon in different ways and …

Footwork exercises by Ilkka

I found these exercises interesting and will be adding some of this to what we already do in our training sessions

"Planetenkinder" from the Italian manuscript "De Sphaera", dated to the 1400s.

The Rose and the Pentagram

This article is written to accompany the recent article about the mysticist, and possibly even fencer and a Freyfechter, Heinrich Agrippa. If …

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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 …

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The OODA Loop & HEMA

"Knowledge is not power. Power alone is power. What knowledge does is provide the means to determine where to focus that power, …

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About the flat parry

In the world of historical fencing, and particularly the fascinating field of research, we sometimes face scholars who express less well-founded hypotheses …

Unique new treatise added

We just added a rather unique new, but uncompleted treatise to our database. This time it is the Codex Guelf 83.4 August 8°, …

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Didrik von Porat

For some time now I have searched and collected information about the Swedish fencing  Master Didrik von Porat. This is what I …

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Teaching martial arts

Quite recently, while exchanging all sorts of points of view with everyone’s good friend Roger Norling of GHFS, and upon stating that …

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The tools for the job

Image from Joachim Meyer's treatise of 1560 To understand the body mechanics involved in a technique we not only have to train …

Strengthening exercises

Here are some very crude video clips we shot today of the strengthening exercises we have begun working with in the Meÿer …

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Chronicon Helvetiae

Just some brief reflections on  images from Chronicon Helvetiae by Christoph Silberysen, dated to 1576, currently kept in the Aargauer Kantonsbibliothek in Aarau, Switzerland.

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Fechtschwert or a blunt longsword?

What kind of steel longsword should one choose for sparring? There are of course many aspects to consider. However, many instinctively discount …

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How do you do the Vom Tag?

No, it's not the hottest, new move on the dance floor. It's just the old High Guard as it is taught by …

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How long should a longsword be?

A simple reply would be long enough to reach your opponent. Stupid answer, I know... But the question is also stupid... sort …

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How do you grip a sword?

Gripping a sword may sound like the easiest part of fencing; I mean it is just a matter of grabbing a sword …