The evolution of sporting weapons

By Robin Catling:  Although the use of heavy metal armour during the Middle Ages made swordsmanship virtually obsolete, the development of firearms in…

Fiore’s longsword guards

By: Robin Catling. From our Historical Swordplay class, our starting point is the twelve guard positions taken from Fiore’s treatise. The four high,…

What we offer – HEMA

Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) is a serious extension of historical research outside of the regular re-enactment scene, covering all manner of weapons…

More About the Sport of Fencing

To find out more: • An incomplete history of fencing • A modern sport • What are the modern fencing weapons? • Which…

Fencing – an incomplete history

Fencing has evolved over 800 years from a deadly combat to a complete sport. Speed of movement and the intricate strategy of ancient…