Techniques and Interpretation

Riddled in Ink - A Stylistic Comparison of Artwork in MS M.383 and the Novati Facsimile

Posted on Oct 24th, 2016 - By Jay Leccese - 0 Comments

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The Flower of Battle of Master Fiore Friulano de’i Liberi

Posted on Aug 18th, 2016 - By Michael Chidester - 0 Comments

Last week, in the same spirit of information freedom that inspired Wiktenauer's creation, I released a free ebook version of The Recital of the…

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The Recital of the Chivalric Art of Fencing of the Grand Master Johannes Liechtenauer

Posted on Aug 11th, 2016 - By Michael Chidester - 0 Comments

It's been a long road, but the 2015 Wiktenauer Fundraiser is finally, finally winding to a close. All perks are delivered apart from the scan…

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Florius de Arte Luctandi: Challenges and Discoveries in a Contemporary Latin Translation of Fiore dei Liberi

Posted on Jan 2nd, 2016 - By Kendra Brown - 1 Comment

Florius de Arte Luctandi is formally designated Ms. Latin 11269 by the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris. Based on the content and style of…

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The Ringen of Joachim Meyer

Posted on Jun 26th, 2015 - By Keith Cotter-Reilly - 1 Comment

This article shall group Joachim Meyer's Ringen into collections of similar throws. Hopefully this will better aid the modern student in learning…

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Hack & Slash in the Age of Reason: Italian Rapier Against Multiple Opponents

Posted on Jun 19th, 2015 - By Piermarco Terminiello - 1 Comment

“Finding yourself assailed by enemies, and supposing there are many of them, the situation demands nothing less than attacks like those of a…

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From WHAT to teach to HOW to teach: A coaching contribution for the HEMA of the XXI century

Posted on Apr 24th, 2015 - By Luis Preto - 0 Comments

Tactical intelligence tends to be made out to be more complex than it actually is, by being seen as weapon specific. Furthermore, it also tends…

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The importance of tactics in duel & sport

Posted on Mar 13th, 2015 - By George Zacharopoulos - 0 Comments

A couple of weeks ago when I was reading the excellent manuscript  “La Scherma” by the maestro Francesco Ferdinando Alfieri (1640, translated…

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The nature of the work ahead of us

Posted on Feb 10th, 2015 - By Roger Norling - 2 Comments

Our personal goals in studying HEMA are varied, complex and individually quite different. For myself, I try to understand how and why it is designed…

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Checkmate! A workshop guide

Posted on Jan 30th, 2015 - By Martin Fabian - 0 Comments

Back in the end of May this year we had the honor to be invited to the internationally renowned event and tournament of SKUNKS, which is organized…

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Meyerozzo: The influences of the Bolognese method in German Rappier

Posted on Jan 10th, 2015 - By Andrea Conti - 0 Comments

There are many reasons why I devote much of my time and my energies on what Joachim Meyer has exhibited in his treatises. But the main reason I…

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Polish Hussar Saber

Posted on Dec 19th, 2014 - By Jerzy Miklaszewski - 1 Comment

Could one find a more Polish weapon than the Hussar szabla? Literally, when someone thinks of a saber from Poland, he probably thinks of this very…

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Introduction to Joachim Meyer's quarterstaff

Posted on Dec 12th, 2014 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

Long overdue I've finally posted my booklet on the Meyer quarterstaff, a weapon also used to train spear and halberd. It is tied to the workshops I…

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Gaited horses in Fiore's manuals?

Posted on Sep 5th, 2014 - By Tuuli Salmi - 11 Comments

I was originally researching technical aspects of Fiore's mounted combat, staring at the illustrations, when I suddenly noticed the horses’ legs.…

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The Cuts of the Bolognese School of Swordsmanship

Posted on Aug 20th, 2014 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

Another great video by the amazing Ilkka Hartikainen.…

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The Onion - Basics of European Longsword: Part 8

Posted on Jul 18th, 2014 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

Although not originally planned to be included in this series, I decided to add an article on a topic that deserves special treatment, since to best…

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Florentines Doing “Florentine”: Combat with Two Swords According to Altoni and Docciolini

Posted on Jun 14th, 2014 - By Piermarco Terminiello - 0 Comments

The sixteenth century saw a proliferation of fencing treatises written and published in the Italian peninsula. Some masters and styles have long been…

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Meyer quarterstaff workshop in Florence, Italy

Posted on May 6th, 2014 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1Envup5Ah8 Here's the workshop on Joachim Meyer's quarterstaff held by me and my fellow GHFS member Mattias Moberg…

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Vibration of the blade and how to use it

Posted on Mar 22nd, 2014 - By Herbert Schmidt - 4 Comments

Everyone is aware of the fact that a sword blade vibrates, at least anyone with a basic level of knowledge of swords. This is especially true for…

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Teaching progressions in Meyer’s longsword 1: the attacking skill tree

Posted on Feb 22nd, 2014 - By James Roberts - 0 Comments

Over the last five years, I’ve given several workshops in both South Africa and Europe focused on sequencing the teaching of techniques from…

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The Onion - Basics of European Longsword: Part 7

Posted on Feb 15th, 2014 - By Roger Norling - 1 Comment

This week we will be taking advantage of one of the greatest benefits from reading somewhat later masters, like Joachim Meyer and George Silver, by…

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Follow some Lessons with Dagger and Rapier

Posted on Jan 24th, 2014 - By Reinier van Noort - 0 Comments

In a previous article, a detailed introduction to manuscript Cod. 264.23 was presented along with an English translation of the first two sections,…

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Some Fencing Rules

Posted on Dec 20th, 2013 - By Reinier van Noort - 0 Comments

The following translation of the manuscript Cod. Guelf. 264.23 contains the notes of an unknown German speaking student about his fencing lessons at…

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The Onion - Basics of European Longsword: Part 6

Posted on Dec 6th, 2013 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

Throughout history going all the way back from at least medieval times up until modern military bayonet training a diagram typically depicting four…

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Translation of an Essay on Saint Didier’s Fencing Treatise

Posted on Nov 22nd, 2013 - By Phil Crawley - 0 Comments

...  Published in 1573, by George Dubois, Master-of-Arms. Examining the nature of the works by ancient masters of fencing always surprises me.…

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The Onion - Basics of European Longsword: Part 5

Posted on Nov 15th, 2013 - By Roger Norling - 2 Comments

This week's article will be talking about the topic of various ways of counterstriking against an attack. Different masters and traditions handle…

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The Onion - Basics of European Longsword: Part 4

Posted on Nov 8th, 2013 - By Roger Norling - 1 Comment

This time we will start moving into somewhat more unexplored and unmapped territory, working with various clues gathered from different places, to…

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The Onion - Basics of European Longsword: Part 3

Posted on Oct 25th, 2013 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

Time for part 3 in the Onion Article Series, this time taking a closer look at the parts of the weapon and how it relates to handling of distance and…

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The Onion - Basics of European Longsword: Part 2

Posted on Oct 18th, 2013 - By Roger Norling - 7 Comments

Continuing with part 2 in the Onion series of articles we will now focus on the topic of controlling the fight, or lack thereof and regaining it. In…

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The Onion: Basics of European Longsword: Part 1

Posted on Oct 10th, 2013 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

For the last year or so I have been working on a group of primarily longsword exercises based on studying fechtmeister Joachim Meyer's holistic…

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"Contenders ready!" The Gladiator Revival of Belle Epoque France

Posted on Sep 28th, 2013 - By Phil Crawley - 0 Comments

During the Belle Epoque of France gladiators were held up as the very model of physical perfection due to their athletic ability, aesthetic form and…

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15th and 16th century Italian wrestling analogies

Posted on Aug 23rd, 2013 - By Andrea Morini - 0 Comments

  Wrestling, in any era, culture and geographic era, is an archaic aspect of man, as a game, during the growth, and also as a ritual and…

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Combat Glima - Tricks of the Trade

Posted on Jul 6th, 2013 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

New video of Combat Glima, Norse combat techniques, by the great Glima Master Lars Magnar…

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Brief Notes on Using the Cloak with the Rapier

Posted on Jun 7th, 2013 - By Rob Runacres - 0 Comments

The following are some suggestions for using the cloak with the rapier. Please note, the techniques will vary from those which can be used with a…

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A short note on strengeren, or “gaining the blade”.

Posted on May 17th, 2013 - By Reinier van Noort - 0 Comments

What's our problem? The main purpose of any fencing art is to keep the fencer safe from the hostile intentions of his opponent(s), i.e. defense.…

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Dynamic gripping of swords

Posted on Mar 2nd, 2013 - By Roger Norling - 7 Comments

Here's a good clip from John Clements focusing on an often forgotten aspect of swordfighting; the dynamic gripping of swords. Some time ago I wrote…

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Footwork video from Sala delle Armi.

Posted on Nov 30th, 2012 - By Roger Norling - 3 Comments

Very nicely produced video on footwork, from La Sala delle…

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Why Fight? The Objectives of Liechtenauer's Fencing

Posted on Oct 24th, 2012 - By Falko Fritz - 25 Comments

When we hear how people describe the art of fencing in the Middle Ages, we often hear them say that it was all about fighting to the death, or at…

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Footwork exercises by Ilkka

Posted on Aug 29th, 2012 - By Roger Norling - 1 Comment

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwdfUCqsusQ I found these exercises interesting and will be adding some of this to what we already do in our…

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Meyer and Marozzo dagger comparison

Posted on Jun 12th, 2012 - By Roger Norling - 2 Comments

  It has been debated regarding to what extent Meyer was inspired by the Italians, the Napolitans and the Bolognese fighting systems and…

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About the flat parry

Posted on May 24th, 2012 - By Andrea Morini - 32 Comments

In the world of historical fencing, and particularly the fascinating field of research, we sometimes face scholars who express less well-founded…

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Doing what we are told or what we are taught?

Posted on May 2nd, 2012 - By Roger Norling - 10 Comments

Here's an old but still always relevant question for us HEMA practitioners to ask ourselves: When we read the old fencing treatises, should we only…

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A journey through a technique: the Durchlauffen

Posted on Feb 27th, 2012 - By Giorgio Fonda - 0 Comments

The “running through” is mentioned already in the pseudo-Hanko Döbringer (on folio 23), and is universally transposed throughout the so-called…

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The tools for the job

Posted on Feb 26th, 2012 - By Roger Norling - 3 Comments

To understand the body mechanics involved in a technique we not only have to train our bodies so we are strong and agile enough, we also need to use…

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Joachim Meÿer Halben Stangen techniques

Posted on Feb 20th, 2012 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

The Guards Here are the main guards of Joachim Meÿer's Halben Stangen: 1. Oberhut (left) 2. Gerader Versatzung (or Mittelhut) 3. Unterhut 4.…

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The Rules of the Fight and Effective Training

Posted on Jan 31st, 2012 - By Tinker Pearce - 14 Comments

The Rules of Martial Arts There are rules in martial arts. The rules in modern martial arts are many and varied. These arts are often oriented…

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Spinning around Hollywood Style?

Posted on Feb 1st, 2011 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

Never ever turn your back against your opponent sounds like a good, solid advice, but is it always so? What do you do for instance, when you face…

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Is there really a Left Vom Tag?

Posted on Jan 26th, 2011 - By Roger Norling - 2 Comments

Well there is a right Vom Tag, and a middle one... so there has to be a left Vom Tag as well, hasn't there? We make all master cuts cut from both…

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How do you do the Vom Tag?

Posted on Jan 26th, 2011 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

No, it's not the hottest, new move on the dance floor. It's just the old High Guard as it is taught by Master Liechtenauer and his disciples, may God…

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How do you grip a sword?

Posted on Jan 26th, 2011 - By Roger Norling - 1 Comment

Gripping a sword may sound like the easiest part of fencing; I mean it is just a matter of grabbing a sword and holding on to it. However, as we will…

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