Historical Fencing

Historical African Martial Arts: Introductions and Issues

When people talk about Martial Arts, they will typically look to Asia and point to various Martial Arts like karate, Jujitsu, Kung Fu and Taekwondo. If one were to diverge from the cliché's, they could venture further to find Martial Arts like Savate (French Kickboxing) or Sambo (Russian Wrestling) which are more in-tune to people… Continue reading Historical African Martial Arts: Introductions and Issues

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A brief History of Ethiopian Swords

Ethiopia: A Kingdom which existed for 800 years whose culture has existed since the time of ancient Egypt. With the existence of the Kingdom itself came blades of different types. This article will give a brief history of those blades. Before I begin, it's important to emphasise that the main type of weapon used by… Continue reading A brief History of Ethiopian Swords

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The Flyssa – The long-Knife of the Maghreb

The Flyssa is relatively unknown in origin, however there are a  few clues we have which indicate where it came from and how it was used. The word itself comes from a group of Kabyle Bebrer, a confederation which nowadays inhabits the North of Algeria. As a result, due to proximity to the coast, these… Continue reading The Flyssa – The long-Knife of the Maghreb

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The History of the Nimcha

People, even those learned in weaponry, when asked what a nimcha is will shrug their shoulders and simply say "I don't know". Those who are acquainted with the weapon will give a brief overview but apart from some popularised myths, will say little else. The nimcha is an example of both innovation and integration of… Continue reading The History of the Nimcha

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Reconstructing Mamluk Arming Sword and Shield/Buckler

Reconstructing Mamluk Arming Sword and Shield Within North Africa and the Middle East, it seems a form of sword and shield/buckler was predominant in the region until it was eventually overtaken by single-edged swords and sabres. Indeed, in some locations like Oman, Yemen and the Sudan (most notably the Beja) and, until very recently, Ethiopia,… Continue reading Reconstructing Mamluk Arming Sword and Shield/Buckler

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1470 Mamluk Treatise: Context, pros and issues

Historical Context This would require a whole book to write but consists of two overlapping themes: slave soldiers within the Islamic world and Furusiyya. The term slave isn't really an accurate term, a more accurate term would be an indebted servant and follows the practices that were predominant in the Islamic world; due to the… Continue reading 1470 Mamluk Treatise: Context, pros and issues

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Sword fighting in North Africa: 900 to 1900

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… 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

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… Continue reading The Encounter

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The Nature of 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 Eastern Roman Martial Arts