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
Category Archives: News & Announcements
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 … Continue reading
A special invitation from the New World to the Old World! For HEMA practitioners able and willing to travel to our event from across the Atlantic (or Pacific!), we will offer significantly reduced registration if you reference this post (thanks HROARR!). … Continue reading
Beautifully shot and executed, so there is no way we can keep from sharing this.
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…
Designing a sword of mid 14th century style using a system of geometric drawing that is inspired by surviving plans of medieval gothic architecture. Please visit my site at peterjohnsson.com for more information about this principle of design and the … Continue reading
It is with great pleasure that I am able to present How we train – a guide for instructors in English. This is our primary study material for instructors on how to teach in our club, and I hope that people outside … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
This is a pretty damn exciting find! Eric Wiggins discovered an illustration depicting the hanging of 16th cent martial arts enthusiast and fechtbuch collector Paul Hektor Mair and Ben Floyd tracked down a colour version of it. The story behind this … Continue reading
With a recent and surprising decision, the EU Directive 135/52/EC, people within the European Union are from the beginning of this month forbidden to carry swords or swordlike objects outside of their homes without specific license to do so. The number … Continue reading
There is a growing interest in Meyer’s rappier and to aid in this, and as I also plan to study this more myself since it is basically required in order to fully understand Meyer, I decided to create this page. … Continue reading
Being the Jogo do Pau instructor with the closest international ties to the HEMA community, I have learned a lot from this interaction, while also getting a better grasp of how much Jogo do Pau can be of use to … Continue reading
Something not to miss: Like the two last Swordfish events, Fechtschule America is now broadcasting the final fights live on the Internet. The fights are taking place in Texas, USA on March 15-16th, with the live streaming finals on March 16th at … Continue reading
Looking for something good to read about a living form of traditional European Martial Arts? Well here’s a good tip for you: Luis Preto is just releasing his 2nd edition of his first book on Portuguese staff fencing Jogo do … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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
After a long and excited waiting, Kevin Maurer has finally managed to deliver a great gift on the last day of the year; a complete translation of Meyer’s von Solms treatise, dated to ca 1560. Kevin has been working on … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
Just to get you in the right mood!
Very nicely produced video on footwork, from La Sala delle Armi.
This is probably the best lecture on the world from which the fencing masters and their Art evolved that I have ever seen! Very impressive work, Jean!
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 … Continue reading
This is a very interesting exercise. The exercise is based on a boxing drill and can be expanded upon in different ways and looks worth exploring. Good and creative work!
I found these exercises interesting and will be adding some of this to what we already do in our training sessions
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. … Continue reading
Just another damn good video clip from Bratislavsky sermiarsky spolok.
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
“… 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 … Continue reading
Just made a tiny update to the review of the Hi-Tec Scimitar fencing shoes here. Really good and durable shoes. www.hroarr.com/scimitars-fencing-shoes
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 specific sword type with a … Continue reading
A new page about Training sword maintenance has just been posted. This page will soon have an accompanying page about how to remove severe rust and oxidization from metal. The page can be found here: http://www.hroarr.com/articles-reviews/sword-maintenance-preventive-actions/
A Celebration of R.L. Scott and His Arms & Armour Collection Glasgow Museums 19-20 September 2012 “No master better versed in their points” This was arms and armour scholar Sir James Mann’s assessment of this remarkable man. Robert Lyons Scott … Continue reading
Confirmed instructors thus far are: Roman Vucajnk (Academia artis dimicatoriae) Harry Winter (Dreynschlag) Alberto Bomprezzi (AEEA) Mishaël Lopes Cardozo (AMEK) Ignacio Buján (Sala de Armas Fénix) Classes will cover dagger, grappling, longsword (close combat techniques, Goliath), rapier (Spanish Destreza), sword&buckler … Continue reading
The FEEH (Spanish Historical Fencing Federation) holds it’s first international event the 12th, 13th and 14th of OCTOBER 2012 and the whole international HEMA community is invited. The event is focused on fencers who already have certain experience and would … Continue reading
This project will collect all of Joachim Meyer’s personal advice on fighting, stripping away all techniques instead focusing on fighting principles, tactics and strategies. Anyone is welcome to join us in this project. The results will be posted here continuously as … Continue reading
Joachim Koppen was a Phil. and Med. Doctor in Magdeburg who wrote this treatise after having been taught to fence at the University of Wittenberg by a certain Heinrich Beler(n) von Bautzen. It was first published in 1619, and then … Continue reading
SPANISH HISTORICAL FENCING FEDERATION (F.E.E.H.) COMMUNIQUE: After several years of meetings, exchanges and cross trainings, some Spanish HEMA groups have decided to create a common structure that allows, in the near future, the recognition to their investigation, interpretative and promotion … Continue reading
We just added a rather unique new, but uncompleted treatise to our database. This time it is the Codex Guelf 83.4 August 8°, entitled “Das ander Theil des newen kunstreichen Fechtbuches, darin alle fürnembste nutzbarliche vnd geheimbte Stücke, so im Schwerdt, … Continue reading
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.
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 … Continue reading
Hi everyone! I’m proud to announce a new book about the famous I.33 Manuscript. Authors: Andrea Morini, Riccardo Rudilosso and Federica Giordani, of Sala d’Arme Achille Marozzo, published by “il Cerchio“.
The Royal Armouries have teamed up with specialist publishers of military manuscripts Extraordinary Editions to produce a full-size facsimile of the manuscript in a limited edition. Each copy of the manuscript will come complete with a companion volume containing a … Continue reading
New book: La Scherma (The Art of Fencing) by Francesco Ferdinando Alfieri (1640) Translated by Caroline Stewart, Phil Marshall and Piermarco Terminiello. Get it at the site of The School of the Sword.
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 … Continue reading
In honour of the 19th cent pioneers of HEMA, Cpt Alfred Hutton, Barton Wright, Gustav Hergsell, Egerton Castle, Cpt Sir Richard Burton, Cpt. Carl Thimm, Colonel Cyril Matthey, Sir Frederick Pollock, Prof. Dr. Panconcelli-Calzia, J. Kpt Emil Fick, Major Nils … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
Glima wrestler and instructor Lars Magnar Enoksen of IK Sparta has been nominated as Traditional Martial Artist of the Year by the Swedish Budo and Martial Arts Federation for his “national and international Glima achivements”. We congratulate both him and all … Continue reading
The president is Niklas Mårdby of Gothenburg Historical Fencing School with Carl Ryrberg of Örebro Association for Historical Fencing as Vice President. More details to follow.
After 12 years in preparation several French associations and clubs have gathered and managed to create a structure for a French HEMA federation.
I just received some club details for a new Norwegian HEMA club located in Oslo. They are called Oslo KDF and can be reached through firstname.lastname@example.org or http://www.communitywalk.com
Here’s a interesting post on the front page of the Danish Royal Library. Amongst other things, the research of well-known HEMA-researcher and curator Claus Sørensen is presented and the whole news post is illustrated by an image from Talhoffer’s “Thott” treatise, located … Continue reading
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, … Continue reading
Finally, we have been given access to Bonaventura Pistofilo’s treatise on pike, halberd and arquebusier, entitled “Oplomachia”. You can download it here.
Herzog August Bibliothek has kindly provided the GHFS with scans of Theodori Verolini’s Meyer and Petter-inspired manual of 1679 and allowed Hroarr to distribute these files as well.
Join our Facebook group which we initiated to encourage the publisher to make a second print of the out-of-stock Forgeng-translation of Joachim Meyer’s 1570 manual!
The Biblioteka Jagiellonska in Krakow, Poland, has just given their approval for Hroarr to distribute HEMA material such as their Gladiatoria manuscript MS Germ.Quart.16
All dead links have been removed from the equipment list and new items have been added
This time a review of Pavel Moc’s Lichtenauer steel Longsword
This time a review of the Knightshop Synthetic Longsword – Pro-Line Extreme
The Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek in Dresden has just given their approval for Hroarr to distribute HEMA material such as their Paul Hektor Mair manuscript C.93
The University library of Lund has just given their approval for Hroarr to distribute Joachim Meyer’s 1560 manuscript, and as a result it is back online again.
The Österreichische Nationalbibliothek has just given their approval for Hroarr to distribute Mair’s Vienna manuscript, Cod.Cod. 10825/10826, and as a result it is back online again.
Long overdue, work is finally being done to open up a treatise-database with more info on the authors, interpretors, translators etc. Appologies for taking so long to get it done.
The Secret Fechtbuch of the Little Fuggers
Tyrone Artur Budzin has recently published his document with a translation of the Talhoffer Gotha Codex from 1443. He has also sent updates to his old documents on Pascha and Petter which are now available in the manuscripts section
Neyffer’s book on campus life in Wurttemberg of 1589.
Reviews of sparring swords and seven new articles
An introduction to a review series of a whole lot of sparring swords has been added to the review section.
“Deutsche Fechtkunst der 16 Jahrhundert” by Prof. Dr. Panconcelli Calzia has been added.
Due to internal conflicts LUTEL has a new url to their web site.
Updates to the site will be published there so all friends instantly are briefed. Follow the link and add Hroarr as a friend.
“De Arte Ahtletica” has been added.
have been added to the Organisations & Clubs page.
“Arte Athletica” from 1542 has been added to the manuscript section.
Four pdf’s with manuscripts related to Joerg Wilhalm have been uploaded. Also pdf’s of Lekuchner Cgm 582, Paulus Kal Cgm 1507 and the anonymous Codex 188.8.131.52 have been uploaded to the manuscript section.
The manuscript section now contains the Talhofer manuscript “Gothaer Codex” of 1443
The list have been updated with a bunch of upcoming, exciting HEMA events.
The lists have been updated with 50+ clubs worldwide. The US is still awaiting moderation.
HEMA Specific protective gear
for HEMA Blogs added.
has been added to the events list at the bottom of the front page.
updated with lots of new titles.
1570 manuscript added.
p47-48 of ‘Palaestra Svecana’ uploaded.
1550 manuscript Mscr.Dresd.C.93 has been made available by the Dresden Library 90.9MB
Sebastian Heusler – New kunstlich Fectbuch… of 1626
Everyone is encouraged to join this board and learn about the wonderful world of really long sticks
Ringen images with belt and clothes grabbing
Camillo Agrippa translated in hardcover.
Johann Georg Pascha’s Kurtze Anleitung… of 1660
Nicolaes Petter’s Clear Education of 1674
Trnavsky sermiarsky cech
WMAC is now officially launched.
of Diogo Gomes de Figueiredo’s Iberian longsword manuscript of 1651: ‘Memorial of the practice of the Montante’. Translated by Eric Myers and Steve Hick 259KB
The complete fencing manual of King Karl XII of Sweden – Palaestra Svecana 30 M
on Renaissance Martial Arts
in Abdingon, Virginia, USA
for Slovakia: Zoldnieri, based in Bratislav
one in Victoria BC, Canada and one in Northern Nevada, USA
‘Fior di Battaglia’ by Tom Leoni
ARMA Columbus Ohio – email
Selohaarr – Anchorage, Alaska
… six study groups are no longer members of ARMA. The club list has been revised accordingly.
on Fiore spear added
French hn236 manuscript added
Andreas Paurnfeindt flipped version of manuscript added
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[...]
Another excellent lecture by Jean Chandler, held at the IGX in Boston, USA 2013.[...]
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[...]