HEMA reading list – Spring 2018

As requested, the beginnings of our HEMA reading list. Starting with a selection of the West Devon Swords bookshelf, the majority are works…

Our HEMA video picks playlist

In our most recent HEMA class, I was asked for a playlist of good material. While Google and YouTube will give you an…

Juniors and Adults Fencing for 2018

New for January 2018 Juniors’ Introduction to Olympic Foil Juniors’ fencing returns to Parklands Leisure centre: Tuesdays, 5-6pm Commencing Jan. 16th Parklands 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…

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…

HEMA: Protective items

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

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…