Historical Fencing

Mamluk Lance work: Implying Mamluk sword play from two lance treatises

Mamluk lance work is renowned in a large amount of treatise, the earliest being from Akhi Hizam al-Kuttali, a master lancer in the late 9th Century CE whose work was so vast, it was split into two treatises that these were copied and separated, a lot of the material being copied and formatted in later… Continue reading Mamluk Lance work: Implying Mamluk sword play from two lance treatises

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Historical Fencing

“The Treasure that combines all things”: The 1470 Mamluk Treatise – Context and understanding

The surge of interest in North African and Mamluk Historical Martial Arts has grown considerably, especially with the translation of the 1470 treatise by an anonymous author. It's difficult to ascertain who exactly this person was but by understanding the historical context surrounding the construction of the treatise, we are able to get an understanding… Continue reading “The Treasure that combines all things”: The 1470 Mamluk Treatise – Context and understanding

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 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