Blog: HEMA

We’re back with longsword in 2020

We’re back with longsword in 2020

To those who missed us last week, we are back for another block of longsword this Thursday 16th Jan, with beginners welcome to join the old hands. Running through to the half-term holidays, this will be five weeks of Fiore’s Italian longsword to 13th Feb. See you at Okehampton College gym at 8pm. ...
We’re in Oke Links magazine

We’re in Oke Links magazine

West Devon Swords is featured in the January/February edition of Oke Links magazine, the lifestyle/what’s on/general interest publication for the Okehampton area. Turn to page 13 for a sports feature on our HEMA activities. Keep reading for the article text. ...
Last session of the decade

Last session of the decade

Thurs 19th Dec. will be our last session of this year and this decade; it will also be our last session of Saviolo rapier/sidesword in this block. ...
Sparring Saviolo

Sparring Saviolo

…or at least that was the intention. Some of it looks like the treatise, some of it… not. Note to self, when blocking with the off hand, be sure the thrust you’re blocking is actually a thrust and not a cut… ...
Newcomers hands on with sidesword

Newcomers hands on with sidesword

Our current Saviolo sidesword block continues as we get to grips with close measure cut and thrust with off hand parries. And as we try to get everyone on the same page, we have two new members this session taking a remarkably mature approach to class and a first sparring experience. ...