News: New page with posts from the HEMA Blogosphere

We have very exciting news for you today. We finally officially launched a new page on HROARR called the HEMA Blogosphere found in the main menu under “Reading”. This page collects excerpts of all the latest posts from some of the most important HEMA blogs and presents them in a single place, with links to the full articles. This makes it far easier to get an overview over what is happening. Currently it lists more than 425 posts.

If you wish to have your blog added, or removed then just contact us and we will fix it right away. Hope you like it!

Official Swedish HEMA Championships

Official Swedish HEMA Championships

Hot News: The Swedish HEMA Federation has been given official approval to arrange Swedish Championships in HEMA by the Swedish Sports Confederation. This is a great leap forward for official and public recognition of HEMA as a martial art and sport. Good job guys!...
A salute to Joachim Meÿer!

A salute to Joachim Meÿer!

On this day, the 24th of February, 1571, Fencing Master and ex-soldier Joachim Meÿer died shortly after his arrival at the court of the Duke of Mecklenburg in Schwerin. One year earlier, on this day, he also signed his preface for his famous fencing treatise...
Review: ESEE-4, ESEE-5 & ESEE-6 knives

Review: ESEE-4, ESEE-5 & ESEE-6 knives

ESEE Knives, formerly R.A.T Cutlery is one of the most well-regarded cutlers in the USA, a cutler with a strong reputation for quality, and with the owners Jeff Randall and Mike Perrin standing by their products no matter what. Their personal integrity is...
HROARR has another sister site!

HROARR has another sister site!

This week we launched a sister site called Northern Bush. This site is dedicated to living in the wild with hiking, camping, bushcrafting and survivalism as core topics. It will contain reviews and articles and it is quite possible that it will grow to become similar to HROARR in that it is open for others to write and share their experiences too, to a large audience. Let us know if you wish to join.

The site can be found at www.northernbush.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/northernbush

Remember to “like” the site and share the link to others who might find it useful and interesting! We really appreciate your help in spreading the word.

Support HROARR!

Support HROARR!

Originally starting out just as a simple site to share links to equipment suitable to HEMA and to clubs around the world, the HROARR site has now grown far beyond the hopes that I had when starting the transformation into more of a community site. I am personally...
Review: The Böker Plus Schanz Dagger

Review: The Böker Plus Schanz Dagger

Before we look at the knife in question for this review we have to step back in time a bit and look at where it comes from; i.e. the works of Col. Rex Applegate & Lt.Col. W.E. Fairbairn. Parts of these roots have already been described in the article The KA-BAR...

Technical issues

Hi everyone! For the last few days we have been experiencing some technical issues with the site. I am not quite sure of the cause but it may be due to a server update, but possibly also some other reasons. We are working on solving this and would like to apologize...

The Swordfish 2014 livestream

The Swordfish 2014 livestream is set to start on 20:00 CET, November 1 on this link: http://live.ghfs.se/ Please help us raise awareness of our beloved Historical European Martial Arts by spreading this information.See you...

Extensive article on basic Meyer dusack added

I have just added a 28 page article based on my dusack workshop. It is entitled Meyer dusack – the dusack in motion. It is a simple introduction to some of the most basic principles underlying Joachim Meyer’s dusack fencing. It contains brief texts...

HEMA in the N.Y. Times

We’re quite excited to see HEMA being reported in the renowned and prestigious N.Y. Times magazine! It features both an article on the HEMA event Longpoint by Mac William Bishop as well as a video report, both showing well-known names like Jessica Finley, Axel...
Review: Swordbag Liechtenauer

Review: Swordbag Liechtenauer

As much as I love the pioneering aspect of Historical Fencing some aspects of it have, at times, also been a bit frustrating as we have had little actual gear designed specifically for what we do, apart from… weapons, at least until rather late in the modern...
Review: Ontario Knives Chimera

Review: Ontario Knives Chimera

Among the countries of the world one stands out as truly blessed with excellent knife makers manufacturing big utility/combat knives. Why that is, is hard to tell. Size is of course one factor, but perhaps also a generally high living standard combined with a still...
Review: Tinea Kombat Knife

Review: Tinea Kombat Knife

  Today we are going to look closer at a fairly new modern Italian-design combat knife that not so many have heard of yet, a knife that due to its design, quality and price certainly deserves more attention. This is the Tinea Kombat Knife, designed by M° Danilo...
Happy Easter from HROARR!

Happy Easter from HROARR!

Just wishing everyone a terrific, HEMAtistic Easter! Keep up the great work with training, fighting, researching and most importantly sharing your knowledge, learnings and experience. Together we learn and understand more...
Review: SPES Dussack Waster

Review: SPES Dussack Waster

Given how important the dusack has been both in the fencing schools and tournaments, all the way from the very early 1500s up until Napoleon and the late 1700s, as well as on the battle fields as a weapon of war, it is somewhat surprising to see how comparatively...

Hroarr is closing down

Hello dear HEMA community! I am sad to say that I’ve reached one of those points in life where you have to make a drastic choice, where you look back on things done and weigh their value against the possible futures. Unfortunately weighing HEMA and what I have...
HEMA Charity 2014

HEMA Charity 2014

It never ceases to amaze me what incredible people that make up the Historical Fencing community. Your hospitality, openness, willingness to share and generosity is second to none and just recently it struck me; Why not put that awesomeness to good use for a specific...
Support the Rossfechten Symposium!

Support the Rossfechten Symposium!

This needs all the support you can give, so please pitch in! We have the chance to create a truly historic event, the first of it’s kind, combining some of the most challenging disciplines in existence, riding, martial arts and historical research. Fifteenth...
HEMA and politics

HEMA and politics

Looking at the recent “sexistic HEMA banner debate” I really feel a concern about how quickly these women and men who object have been disregarded as rabid feminists by some. For some reason that happens quite often with feminism. Feminists are regarded as...

Wiktenauer fundraiser

As you may have suspected, running Wiktenauer isn’t free. While neither I nor sysadmin Christian receive any compensation for our efforts, the costs associated with hosting Wiktenauer come to about $500 a year. For the past year and a half, the HEMA Alliance has...

Thank you for 2013!

I just want to thank everyone for an amazing year, both for me as a person for being given the chance to travel the world to teach and meet some incredible people, but also for the quite stunning development the HROARR site has had over the last few years with the...
The jury has reached a decision!

The jury has reached a decision!

Finally we have a decision on the awardees of the HEMA Scholar Awards 2013. After careful consideration of all nominations sent in by the HEMA community five excellent researchers and instructors have been selected. Who they are? Well find out by reading about them...
A tear in our beer for Sir Richard Burton

A tear in our beer for Sir Richard Burton

With no little shame, and for lack of time, I would today just very briefly like to suggest a toast for one of the more colourful, and bad-ass looking HEMA pioneers of the British Empire, Captain Sir Richard Burton, explorer, translator, soldier, fencer, orientalist,...

In memory of Lt. Egerton Castle

On this day Sep 16 1920 one of our greatest HEMA Pioneers, Egerton Castle died. Together with men like Cpt Alfred Hutton, Baron de Cosson, Archibald Corble and Kpt Emil Fick and some 50 more men around Europe, he struggled to learn and understand the martial arts...
Furor et Ferrum

Furor et Ferrum

Very nicely choreographed public display of Renaissance fighting with various weapons. They won two well deserved golds in an international competition. And outfits to die for too…...

Joachim Meyer’s dagger system

Note: This is a working document and will continuously be updated as we work with our interpretations of Joachim Meyer’s dagger teachings. Similarly to how I worked with his staff teachings I will attempt at systemizing the principles and techniques taught and...

Pro Gauntlets Crowd-Funding project!

Great new project for creating a proper articulated protective glove for HEMA fencing that we strongly support. It is run as a crowd-funding project by Maarten Kamphuis, the man behind Mblades.com and the Swing, together with Youval Kuipers with whom he also designed...

HEMA Scholar Awards

Hi everyone! As we all know HEMA has many different aspects that are all equally important in our shared effort in recreating these forgotten martial arts. Lately, tournaments have received much attention and the top fighters are household names for all of us involved...

News from Dr. Forgeng

Great news for students of Joachim Meyer and Leküchner, from Dr. Jeffrey L. Forgeng, posted on the Reprint Forgeng’s “The Art of Combat” Facebook group. “I’m happy to be able to report some updates on the various projects. I have...

Flower of Battle

Here is an excellent lecture on Fiore Furlano de Liberi, Ludwig von Eyb and more, by Michael Chidester, held at Fechtschule America 2013. Well worth watching, no matter if you focus more on the “Italian” or “German” aspects of the fighting...

Die Vorpal-Klinge!

This short movie shows a glimpse of the world of the Collegiate Fencing, the still living child of the Fechtschule tradition. For more reading, look at the excellent article An overview of German collegiate fencing traditions by Jörg Bellinghausen. Also the article...

Forum update

Now your club can also have a private or public place to debate, right here on HROARR under the forum Clubs & Organisations. All you need to do is to register yourself at www.hroarr.com/wp-register.php and contact me and I will help you to create a sub-forum for...
Save the wrestling! A short history of wrestling

Save the wrestling! A short history of wrestling

In a somewhat surprising decision the Olympic Committee has now decided to exclude both Freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling from the Olympic Games, while still retaining other considerably less traditional sports and opening up for adding a more modern sport. To us...
Review: Regenyei fechtschwert

Review: Regenyei fechtschwert

  The swordsmiths around the world have seen some pretty fierce competition developing over the last few years, especially the high-end companies like Albion, who suddenly find themselves being outrun by swordsmiths who directly target the needs of us...

The HEMAtrix

HROARR now has its own ‘Pinterest’-style page called the HEMAtrix. Each image is gathered from the article material and links directly to its article. A fun, random and interesting new way of browsing the HROARR site, I hope. The page can be found in the...
To all HEMA-related business owners

To all HEMA-related business owners

To all swordsmiths, protection gear manufacturers, equipment retailers, event organizers and other HEMA-related business owners: HROARR is now introducing a discreet and HEMA-specific Ad banner system to help you market your products. The hope is that this will get...

International event in Italy

Here is a Historical Fencing event in Rome, Italy, some of you may not be familiar with. It is now being prepared for the sixth time and will include tournaments, workshops and seminars. This should be great fun, so have a look!...
Rest in peace, gentle giant!

Rest in peace, gentle giant!

We are deeply saddened by the news that Rory van Noort of AMEK, one of the brightest shining rising stars of HEMA has left us far too young. We wish to express our most sincere sympathies to his family and friends in these very sad days. We have all lost a great man...

Noël, Noël!

Still not in that proper Christmas mood yet? Well grab your eggnog, turn up the speakers and sing along! Here is another Christmas card from GHFS and HROARR! 2012 has been an amazing year and we are deeply grateful to the whole HEMA community for making our lives so...
In memory of Cpt. Alfred Hutton

In memory of Cpt. Alfred Hutton

  Today we raise our glasses to the memory of the 19th cent. HEMA-pioneer Cpt. Alfred Hutton who died on this very day, at the age of 71, on Dec 18 1910, 102 years ago. Cpt. Hutton was an officer of the King’s 1st Dragoon Guards as well as an antiquarian...

Remember Mair

On this day, December 10, 433 years ago, Paul Hektor Mair was hung at the age of 62, convicted of embezzlement of the city of Augsburg’s funds. He had spent the money on a lavish lifestyle, often throwing big parties with important people, likely in order to...

Record for Swordfish 2012

Swordfish 2012 in Gothenburg, Sweden is already a smashing hit with more than 200 participants registered. Every year it grows and this year we have six tournaments, including a grappling tournament and a Ladies’ Tournament. And about 20 high class workshops...

Gen 2 of The Swing

I just wanted to let everyone know how much I love the new version of The Swing training “sword” from Mblades.com. Although the old version is still shown on the site, a distinctly improved version is already ready for sale. It offers removable and...

A thank you!

It is very, very cool to see that statistics show how reviews on HROARR with time reaches at least about 20-25% of the whole HEMA community! Thank you so much for all your visits! And soon there will be a new review series of HEMA specific equipment with jackets, arm...

A goldmine of printed fencing treatises

Today I thought I would share a little “secret”. In Saarbrucken, Germany there is this great little bookbindery called Fines Mundi that produces prints of antique books with traditional binding and in many different styles ranging from quite simple to very...

The Rose and the Pentagram

This article is written to accompany the recent article about the mysticist, and possibly even fencer and a Freyfechter, Heinrich Agrippa. If you haven’t read the article, it is suggested you do so, before reading this article. Die Rose (the Rose) is a...

HEMA Facebook group for women

“… Esfinges, a [Facebook] group recently started by Ruth Garcia Navarro and Perica Lòpez for women in HEMA. We aim to unite the ones we’ve got around the world and encourage more women to take up the art. Come and join the discussion, invite your...

Visiting countries

I find it utterly amazing that since I started measuring the visitor statistics of the HROARR site in March 2009 we have had visitors from the following 115 countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Austria, Australia, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh,...
Review: Arms & Armor Fechterspiel Sword

Review: Arms & Armor Fechterspiel Sword

  Swordsmith: Arms & Armor Arms & Armor have been making swords for practice and sparring since the late 80’s which makes them a very old player in the HEMA field indeed. According to themselves, they felt that they originally had a hard time building a...

Happy Easter!

  We would like to wish you all a Happy Easter! A lot of really exciting things are going on in our community. The number of practitioners is constantly growing and we appear to be a couple of thousand more than we were only two years ago, totalling an estimated...

Liechtenauer a Swede!

Just found solid proof that Johannes Liechtenauer originally came from Sweden and that this Johannes of Sueeno is indeed the fencing teacher that Fiore Dei Liberi says he was taught by. Sueeno is an older spelling of what is today called “Svea”. Tacitus...

New HEMA club in Dundee, Scotland

New HEMA club in Dundee, Scotland called The Institute for Historical Arts. The club is run by Mark Wilkie and James Burn, who also runs the University based group RMAS, which is affiliated with Academy of Historical Arts (AHA). The club has a strong focus on the...

New HEMA group in London, UK

A new baby is born: Kunst des Fechtens has had a 12th chapter, fathered by Peter Smallridge who has studied with KdF Nottingham before moving south. The focus will naturally be on Liechtenauer longsword with “an approach based around compact, efficient body...

Strengthening exercises

Here are some very crude video clips we shot today of the strengthening exercises we have begun working with in the Meÿer Halben Stangen class at Gothenburg Historical Fencing School. Since they are relevant to longsword practice, the article is cross-post into both...

New HEMA club in Oslo, Norway

I just received some club details for a new Norwegian HEMA club located in Oslo. They are called Oslo KDF and can be reached through [email protected] or...

An open invitation.

Hi everyone! I would like to share a bit of my vision for the new HROARR site. First of all, its purpose is simply to help research, material development and practicing of HEMA. This is done by providing tools, source material, links and info. Thus far the work has...
Chronicon Helvetiae

Chronicon Helvetiae

Just some brief reflections on  images from Chronicon Helvetiae by Christoph Silberysen, dated to 1576, currently kept in the Aargauer Kantonsbibliothek in Aarau, Switzerland. Christoph Silbereysen (* 1541 in Baden AG; † 1608 in Wettingen)  was  abbot of the...
Welcome.

Welcome.

[metaslider id=9849] The HROARR site focuses on different aspects of Historical European Martial Arts. It is meant to serve both as a help to active HEMA practitioners and as a source of inspiration for people that are unfamiliar with this form of Martial Arts. At its...

A restart!

Welcome to the brand new site for HROARR. There are literally tons of interesting material to dive into and we have only begun to scratch at the surface. If you wish to contribute with any material, then please let me know. Furthermore, please accept my apologies for...

Review: Lichtenauer steel longsword

In a way I think one’s first real sword is like your first love. It is something you will always remember in a special way, since it was such a strong emotion experienced for the first time. My first, was a Pavel Moc Dürrer. Since then I have bought several...
Review: Norrlands waster by Plastsmeden

Review: Norrlands waster by Plastsmeden

The best longsword nylon wasters I have tried thus far were hand made by Pentti of GHFS. Unfortunately he no longer produces these, so they are near impossible to come by. However, the little known “Norrlandswastern” is the next in line and it offers quite...
Sparring swords – Introduction

Sparring swords – Introduction

What defines a good sparring weapon? A common notion is that it should be as close as possible to the real, sharp weapon it simulates, but be designed with safety in mind, thus lowering the risk of permanent injury. However, since a sharp weapon is designed to injure,...
Review: Scimitars Fencing Shoes

Review: Scimitars Fencing Shoes

Finding good, suitable equipment for Hema is a problem we all wrestle with and there are few products aiming to fulfill our particular needs. I have been looking at shoes for handball, basketball, land hockey, boxing, wrestling, budo and regular sneakers, but none of...