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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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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, …

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, …

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Review: SPES Dussack Waster

Given how important the dusack has been both in the fencing schools and tournaments, all the way from the very early 1500s …

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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 …

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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 …

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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 …

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 …

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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 …