Nine Parries

By Robin Catling. To parry: to defend yourself from a weapon or an attack by blocking or pushing the weapon away. In sports…

The length of a rapier

By Robin Catling. A favourite topic amongst beginners and enthusiasts alike: how long is a rapier? How long should it be? Is there…

What is fencing?

Modern fencing is a martial art derived from older forms of duelling with swords. The objective is to hit your opponent without being…

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,…

HEMA: Weapon safety

Following on from our post on Safe Conduct of Classes , and both posts on safety and protective equipment, with breakdown, here follows…