HEMA: Protective Gear

You may be familiar with the all-white kit worn by sports fencers. Historical combat, however, demands greater protection against hits from heavier metal…

HEMA: Safe conduct of classes

Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) is the serious study and live application of combat techniques from the early Medieval period, through the Renaissance,…

HEMA – is it safe?

Studying historical combat techniques with heavy weapons is rewarding and fun, but, like most other martial arts, inherently risky. We all have proper…

What is HEMA?

HEMA is the acronym for Historical European Martial Arts, also known as Western Martial Arts (WMA), or, less accurately, as Historical Fencing, which…

The Secret Thrust…

The fact and fiction of the attack that never fails by Robin Catling: Duelling became the pre­occupation of many swordsmen in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.…