Historical Fencing

The HEMA hierarchy of needs: The road of improvement (not self-improvement)

Disclaimer, this is directed to HEMA but can be applied to any Martial Art, hobby or activity. HEMA is Historical European Martial Arts. I've spoken about it before so it's not worth going into detail about what it is. Put simply, it's reconstructing Martial Arts which no longer exists such as those of Medieval knights;… Continue reading The HEMA hierarchy of needs: The road of improvement (not self-improvement)

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Historical Fencing

What a lot of people take ages to learn in HEMA

For people who don't know, HEMA is Historical European Martial Arts which aims to reconstruct Martial Arts which no longer exists, whether it's fighting like a knight in the 1400's or a British Officer in the Napoleonic Wars; it covers both armed (longsword, sabre, halberd, spear) and unarmed (grappling, bare-knuckle boxing) combat. For this article,… Continue reading What a lot of people take ages to learn in HEMA

Historical Fencing

Sword fighting in North Africa: 900 to 1900

The late 20th and Early 21st Century has experienced a growth of reconstructing Historical Martial Arts, the prime example being HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts). In this context, source material from treatises to firsthand accounts are used in which to gain an understanding of how weapons were used in the past. This case is easier… Continue reading Sword fighting in North Africa: 900 to 1900

history

The Byzantine Army at War until 1054: A summary

Relatively little has been discussed in relation to the Byzantine army. It is only recently that finds and historical academia have begun to put together a more coherent image of the Byzantine Army by analysing its tactics and formations.  This article will effectively outline the way the Byzantine army operated during its existence in brief… Continue reading The Byzantine Army at War until 1054: A summary

Novels

The Encounter

Chapter 1: Beginnings The ocean expressed a lime green. The day was clear with a blue sky that was supposed to be a reflection of the water, but God had decided today was not the day for that to happen. Still, today had been deceiving in many ways. The ocean was rough, causing the vessel… Continue reading The Encounter

Historical Fencing

The Nature of Roman/Eastern Roman Martial Arts

Within the HEMA community, at various lengths explanations have been given about the absence of treatises to do with combat, more specific forms of Martial Arts, in the Roman World. For a vast Empire and a culture which endured for nearly 2000 years, there is little information in the way of showing how warriors individually… Continue reading The Nature of Roman/Eastern Roman Martial Arts

Historical Fencing

The issue with HEMA

The issue with HEMA Ever since the "HEMA is dying" period that struck the community, it has bought to my mind another subject. Unlike the prior mention, this one is going to have specific backing with source material. Before I begin, I want to clarify: I have a Masters in History. This isn't to seem… Continue reading The issue with HEMA

Ramblings

I don’t know what I’m talking about, version 2

I was asked today a question that made me think very long and hard by a work colleague. We were eating and he said "if you were to go back in time nad talk to yourself, what would you tell them?" After thinking for a while, I finally answered "don't worry about things", things will… Continue reading I don’t know what I’m talking about, version 2