Author: Sven Horvatic

Is it possible to be a full-time HEMA coach? Part 1

At first I wanted to write only one article that would cover some frequent questions about how to start your own HEMA club and turning it into a job. As I researched the topic more, I noticed that there is no way to put it all together as there is so much useful information that needs to be said but does not fit into the article structure. So, I shall make a two parter of this topic. The first part will cover some general ideas on starting a business. The second part will give an insight into the lives of HEMA coaches through an interview.  I wouldn’t consider myself to be very knowledgeable of the HEMA community or how to run a business. However, I’m sure that I’m not the only one who hadn’t, at some point of his training, thought „Hey, what if swordsmanship was my job?“. Still, let’s back away from the dream and try to analyze the possibility of maintaining such a business. Take note that these are just my thoughts and the possibility of missing some steps in business development is high. But what kind of writer would I be if I hadn’t consulted with people that actually do HEMA as a full time job. These people are Guy Windsor and Keith Farrell. I would like to thank them in advance for their time and...

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