National Safeguarding Adults Week 2019

National Safeguarding Adults Week 2019 takes place 18-24 November.  Ann Craft Trust (ACT) is heading the annual awareness raising campaign which focuses on…

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…

In praise of plastic

by Robin Catling. From Pirates of the Caribbean, to Star Wars and even Transformers, it seems every other movie poster features a character…

What do I wear for fencing?

Wear suitable clothing as for any kind of anaerobic sport. That means: Trainers (not outdoor shoes) with some grip Loose-fitting trousers (not tight…

Safety First

Our guidelines on safety are under constant review. Also, beginners may appreciate the reassurance under Does it Hurt? In short: no. Introduction Fencing…