Saluting the master

Saluting the master

On this day, the 24th of February, 1571, Fencing Master and ex-soldier Joachim Meyer 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...
Please help support HROARR!

Please help support HROARR!

Once again I would like to ask for your kind support in financing the server and software costs for the HROARR site. The funds we received from you last time are now running out fast and your help is crucial for the site to continue to exist. Please consider...
A Crowd Funding Appeal

A Crowd Funding Appeal

When people in HEMA talk about wrestling, the chances are they are talking about German “Ringen” or Italian “Abrazzare”; there isn't really anything else out there. Which when you think about it, is a little odd. If there is one thing we can say for certain, it is...
HEMA Charity Campaign 2015

HEMA Charity Campaign 2015

Most of us have seen glimpes of the very disturbing images of drowning children fleeing from the horrors in Syria. Last year we launched a charity targeted specifically at this crisis and you were incredibly generous, donating 955€ which was used to buy packages of...

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!

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...
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...

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...

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...

Jogo do Pau returns to the WWOC

It is my pleasure to announce that, after sadly missing the 2012 event, I'll be again teaching at the WWOC (Hannover). More, this time I'll be happily teaching with the assistance of fellow JdP instructor Patrick Scheler, whose skill, knowledge and enthusiasm will be...

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...

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...
Badass Indes Ladies

Badass Indes Ladies

Here in Salzburg, in our club called INDES more than a third of the members are female. A while ago the idea came up of having our own weekend seminar just for girls (this was also inspired by the Esfinges-idea), so at the beginning of the year we got together and...

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...

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 contacted Freelance Academy Press and...

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 menu under...
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...

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 alongside...

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 changeable weights...

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...

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 friends! We have...

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 (and Julius...

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 mechanics,...

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]..

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...