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

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