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…

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…