Support HROARR!

Support HROARR!

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...

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...

The Swordfish 2014 livestream

The Swordfish 2014 livestream is set to start on 20:00 CET, November 1 on this link: http://live.ghfs.se/ Please help us raise awareness of our beloved Historical European Martial Arts by spreading this information.See you...

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...
Happy Easter from HROARR!

Happy Easter from HROARR!

Just wishing everyone a terrific, HEMAtistic Easter! Keep up the great work with training, fighting, researching and most importantly sharing your knowledge, learnings and experience. Together we learn and understand 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...

Hroarr is closing down

Hello dear HEMA community! I am sad to say that I’ve reached one of those points in life where you have to make a drastic choice, where you look back on things done and weigh their value against the possible futures. Unfortunately weighing HEMA and what I have...
HEMA Charity 2014

HEMA Charity 2014

It never ceases to amaze me what incredible people that make up the Historical Fencing community. Your hospitality, openness, willingness to share and generosity is second to none and just recently it struck me; Why not put that awesomeness to good use for a specific...
A salute to Joachim Meÿer!

A salute to Joachim Meÿer!

On this day, the 24th of February, 1571, Fencing Master and ex-soldier Joachim Meÿer died shortly after his arrival at the court of the Duke of Mecklenburg in Schwerin. One year earlier, on this day, he also signed his preface for his famous fencing treatise...
Support the Rossfechten Symposium!

Support the Rossfechten Symposium!

This needs all the support you can give, so please pitch in! We have the chance to create a truly historic event, the first of it’s kind, combining some of the most challenging disciplines in existence, riding, martial arts and historical research. Fifteenth...

Wiktenauer fundraiser

As you may have suspected, running Wiktenauer isn’t free. While neither I nor sysadmin Christian receive any compensation for our efforts, the costs associated with hosting Wiktenauer come to about $500 a year. For the past year and a half, the HEMA Alliance has...
Badass Indes Ladies

Badass Indes Ladies

Here in Salzburg, in our club called INDES more than a third of the members are female. A while ago the idea came up of having our own weekend seminar just for girls (this was also inspired by the Esfinges-idea), so at the beginning of the year we got together and...

Thank you for 2013!

I just want to thank everyone for an amazing year, both for me as a person for being given the chance to travel the world to teach and meet some incredible people, but also for the quite stunning development the HROARR site has had over the last few years with the...
The jury has reached a decision!

The jury has reached a decision!

Finally we have a decision on the awardees of the HEMA Scholar Awards 2013. After careful consideration of all nominations sent in by the HEMA community five excellent researchers and instructors have been selected. Who they are? Well find out by reading about them...
Furor et Ferrum

Furor et Ferrum

Very nicely choreographed public display of Renaissance fighting with various weapons. They won two well deserved golds in an international competition. And outfits to die for too…...

Pro Gauntlets Crowd-Funding project!

Great new project for creating a proper articulated protective glove for HEMA fencing that we strongly support. It is run as a crowd-funding project by Maarten Kamphuis, the man behind Mblades.com and the Swing, together with Youval Kuipers with whom he also designed...

HEMA Scholar Awards

Hi everyone! As we all know HEMA has many different aspects that are all equally important in our shared effort in recreating these forgotten martial arts. Lately, tournaments have received much attention and the top fighters are household names for all of us involved...

News from Dr. Forgeng

Great news for students of Joachim Meyer and Leküchner, from Dr. Jeffrey L. Forgeng, posted on the Reprint Forgeng’s “The Art of Combat” Facebook group. “I’m happy to be able to report some updates on the various projects. I have...

The HEMAtrix

HROARR now has its own ‘Pinterest’-style page called the HEMAtrix. Each image is gathered from the article material and links directly to its article. A fun, random and interesting new way of browsing the HROARR site, I hope. The page can be found in the...

International event in Italy

Here is a Historical Fencing event in Rome, Italy, some of you may not be familiar with. It is now being prepared for the sixth time and will include tournaments, workshops and seminars. This should be great fun, so have a look!...
Rest in peace, gentle giant!

Rest in peace, gentle giant!

We are deeply saddened by the news that Rory van Noort of AMEK, one of the brightest shining rising stars of HEMA has left us far too young. We wish to express our most sincere sympathies to his family and friends in these very sad days. We have all lost a great man...

Noël, Noël!

Still not in that proper Christmas mood yet? Well grab your eggnog, turn up the speakers and sing along! Here is another Christmas card from GHFS and HROARR! 2012 has been an amazing year and we are deeply grateful to the whole HEMA community for making our lives so...

Record for Swordfish 2012

Swordfish 2012 in Gothenburg, Sweden is already a smashing hit with more than 200 participants registered. Every year it grows and this year we have six tournaments, including a grappling tournament and a Ladies’ Tournament. And about 20 high class workshops...

Gen 2 of The Swing

I just wanted to let everyone know how much I love the new version of The Swing training “sword” from Mblades.com. Although the old version is still shown on the site, a distinctly improved version is already ready for sale. It offers removable and...

A thank you!

It is very, very cool to see that statistics show how reviews on HROARR with time reaches at least about 20-25% of the whole HEMA community! Thank you so much for all your visits! And soon there will be a new review series of HEMA specific equipment with jackets, arm...

A goldmine of printed fencing treatises

Today I thought I would share a little “secret”. In Saarbrucken, Germany there is this great little bookbindery called Fines Mundi that produces prints of antique books with traditional binding and in many different styles ranging from quite simple to very...

HEMA Facebook group for women

“… Esfinges, a [Facebook] group recently started by Ruth Garcia Navarro and Perica Lòpez for women in HEMA. We aim to unite the ones we’ve got around the world and encourage more women to take up the art. Come and join the discussion, invite your...

Longpoint 2012: June 15-17, Baltimore MD

Longpoint 2012, the east coast’s premier HEMA gathering and tournament is now three days long! June 15-17, 2012, at the Howard County Sports Center, just south of Baltimore, MD and only minutes away from the Baltimore Washington International Airport. Events include:...

Liechtenauer a Swede!

Just found solid proof that Johannes Liechtenauer originally came from Sweden and that this Johannes of Sueeno is indeed the fencing teacher that Fiore Dei Liberi says he was taught by. Sueeno is an older spelling of what is today called “Svea”. Tacitus...

New HEMA club in Dundee, Scotland

New HEMA club in Dundee, Scotland called The Institute for Historical Arts. The club is run by Mark Wilkie and James Burn, who also runs the University based group RMAS, which is affiliated with Academy of Historical Arts (AHA). The club has a strong focus on the...

New HEMA group in London, UK

A new baby is born: Kunst des Fechtens has had a 12th chapter, fathered by Peter Smallridge who has studied with KdF Nottingham before moving south. The focus will naturally be on Liechtenauer longsword with “an approach based around compact, efficient body...

A restart!

Welcome to the brand new site for HROARR. There are literally tons of interesting material to dive into and we have only begun to scratch at the surface. If you wish to contribute with any material, then please let me know. Furthermore, please accept my apologies for...