HEMA

Posts about Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA)

Beginners’ Sword and Buckler (from I.33)

Seventh Ward of i.33‘The devil of hell does not dare attempt that which the wanton monk dares, and the old woman full of wiles.’

The manuscript I.33 (the Royal Armouries catalogue number) is the oldest known manuscript depicting European fighting arts. It is dated to approximately 1295. It shows a Priest teaching a student or Scholar how to fight with sword and buckler (a small shield). In places we are given statements that a ‘common man’ will do one type of action, but the Priest teaches the use of a different action. …

We’re back with longsword in 2020

WDS at Okehampton CastleTo 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.

Sparring Saviolo

Saviolo sparring Dec 2019…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…