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Fencing in the Ancient World

Fencing in the Ancient World

The word “Carma” coming from Sanskrit refers to fencing in ancient times. The modern word “Escrime” is used to signify the art of “touching without being touched,” Mankind has a history of fighting and conflict. People have tried to compensate for their physical weakness by inventing weapons to defend against or conquer animals and other … Fencing in the Ancient World Read More » ...
Romancing the Sword [re-post]

Romancing the Sword [re-post]

The final release poster for Alita: Battle Angel is out and she’s holding some weirdly unidentifiable, but cool-looking sword. A 26th-century cyborg still needs a sword. Cue Hellboy reboot and in the poster, the guy who carries an unfeasibly large calibre revolver is holding… a sword. As is… Transformer‘s own Optimus Primus Stove, a thirty-foot … Romancing the Sword Read More » ...
The HEMA Heresy

The HEMA Heresy

Almost all our our study of historical European martial arts is based on original period manuscripts by fencing masters of the time. But practical issues in reconstructing the techniques often raises suspicions about some of the content… ...
Bartitsu and the ‘New Art of Self Defence’

Bartitsu and the ‘New Art of Self Defence’

Mr Edward William Barton-Wright was an English railway engineer who travelled widely and formulated what today we call a mixed martial art. Barton-Wright combined elements of boxing, jujitsu, cane fighting (la cane), and French kick boxing (savat) in order to create a self defence system that could be used by gentlemen on the mean streets … Bartitsu and the ‘New Art of Self Defence’ Read More » ...
Unreal tournament – when HEMA turns to ‘tag’

Unreal tournament – when HEMA turns to ‘tag’

When you ‘train to the treatise’ but spar and compete to tournament rules, there’s a danger that the swordplay looks less like the historical sources and more like a grown-up game of tag. ...