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HEMA projects to support on Patreon

Not only can you support HROARR on Patreon, but also the work of e.g. Roland Warzecha, and the Oakeshott Institute, and thereby gain access to special content and rewards. Rewards for supporting HROARR currently includes HROARR patches and digital and printed...

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HROARR move complete.

HROARR is now officially on a new and much faster and reliable server. Bit more expensive, but well worth it. And the new hosting account is upgraded with bills paid, so the transfer is now complete. It is such a great relief after two years of awful struggling with the old virtual server, so a heavy weight is off my shoulders. Now back to work on the site, and getting some new articles out there…

Meanwhile, have a look at some of the new content!

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4th meeting of IFHEMA in Athens

Delegates of IFHEMA member federations gathered in Athens on 2 December 2017 for the 4th regular session of the General Assembly. Their mission was to represent their national federations, to present the latest updates of HEMA in their countries, to discuss the issues...

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Book on cutting with medieval sword released

Long in the works after many years of dedicated work on the topic, renowned US HEMA instructor Mike Edelson has finally released his book on how to cut with medieval swords. The book is described as follows: "For centuries, masters of defense throughout the world...

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PLEASE, PLEASE READ THIS IMPORTANT MESSAGE ABOUT HROARR.

Hi! My name is Roger Norling and I am an instructor and researcher of Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA), with a particular focus on Renaissance fencing. Many of you already know me as I've been lucky enough to be invited to teach this beautiful art around the...

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HROARR Video Challenge

So here is a challenge to you all: Start making series of really good, well-planned instructional videos of the system(s) you study/teach. Preferably the video series should include the following: 1. A brief description of the history and characteristics of the...

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A tear in our beer for a great master

446 years ago on this day, the 24th of February, 1571, Fencing Master 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...

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Help us make our vision come true

I posted the other day, asking you all to become patrons of HROARR, to pledge yourselves to paying a few dollars (or just a single dollar) every month to help me make my vision for HROARR come true. Basically, I am humbly asking for the historical fencing community to...

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The Awardees of the HEMA Scholar Awards is now official!

Finally, after a lot of hard work by the jury, on the last few days of the year, we are extremely happy to present the awardees of the 2016 HEMA Scholar Awards, given for outstanding research published in English in 2015. Want to know who they are? Run off to the web...

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Support Fighters Against Racism

Here is a campaign we support 100% and strongly encourage you to consider supporting as well. So, what is Fighters Against Racism? The Fighters Against Racism movement was started by David Rawlings of the London Longsword Academy to promote and provide a positive...

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NEWS: UFC’s Conor McGregor picks up HEMA

In a surprising but exciting move on the UFC YT Vlog, Irish UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor just announced that he will expand on his training regime by training HEMA and both longsword and spear in particular, and aiming to join the larger and tougher HEMA...

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Saluting the master

On this day, the 24th of February, 1571, Fencing Master 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 Gründtliche Beschreibung...

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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...

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The Awardees of the HEMA Scholar Awards 2015

First of all I would like to congratulate all the awardees of this year’s HEMA Scholar Awards! I am personally very happy to see all these great people awarded for their incredible work! They are all wonderful people that do amazing things, so hats off and glasses...

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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...

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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...

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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!

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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!...

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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.

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Announcement: The HEMA Scholar Awardees of 2014!

The jury for the HEMA Scholar Awards 2014 has finally reached a decision on what nominees will be awarded for their work and dedication in 2013. Here are their choices and motivations. First of all however, as the the handyman running around with buckets and wrenches...

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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...

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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...

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Swordfish on Al Jazeera

Huge congratulations to everyone involved in whatever way with Swordfish! And to Paul Rhys, the reporter who did this excellent piece on HEMA and Swordfish.  

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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...

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Swordfish tournament livestream

Swordfish livestream will showcase on Saturday, November 1st, on this adress, spread the word! http://live.ghfs.se In the meantime, follow the link to enjoy all of previous years livestreams. More info to follow...

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Call for papers to Acta Periodica Duellatorum 2015

Dear Swordsmen and -women, I would like to inform you that the Call for Papers period for Acta Periodica Duellatorum is now open. If you are  interested in submitting an article to our next issue you are more than welcome to send your abstract to:...

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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...

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Researchers eligible for the HEMA Scholar Awards

As it can be difficult to remember who published research in 2013 we will here list some examples of researchers and authors we know are eligible for nomination. For sure, there are many more and we strongly encourage you to help us add more to the list and nominate...

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Restoration of 16th Century German Longsword Illustrations

Here's a cool new HEMA Kickstarter project to consider. Adelheid Zimmerman has launched a project to restore the illustrations from Joachim Meyer's fighting treatise of 1570, using high resolution scans of an original print, digital restoration, making of new...

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Time to nominate for HEMA Scholar Awards 2014!

It's about that time of the year again where we need to start thinking of nominations for the HEMA Scholar Awards of 2014, ie researchers who have published work in 2013. Last year's award was a great success and we sincerely hope we can do as well again this year. We...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 century...

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Jogo do Pau – A living European martial art

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkZxlyQ_VP8 Just to remind you of the beauty of one of the few still living European martial arts; Portuguese Jogo do Pau. If you ever get a chance to try it then take it. It is well worth it.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Nominate people for the HEMA Scholar Awards

Finally, it is time to start nominating the researchers you admire, respect and consider to be worthy of having their hard work awarded both with these awards and nice prizes like swords, books and fencing gear. Surely you know of some, or are even club mates or...

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The lost 2nd Giganti treatise rediscovered

Nicoletto Giganti is one of the most celebrated Italian fencing masters of the 17th century. His widely-acclaimed treatise of 1606 promised a second work, which however was long considered lost or never to have been written. Nonetheless in 1847 Alberto Marchionni did...

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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......

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Arming Sword Geometry by Peter Johnsson

Designing a sword of mid 14th century style using a system of geometric drawing that is inspired by surviving plans of medieval gothic architecture. Please visit my site at peterjohnsson.com for more information about this principle of design and the hypothesis that...

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GHFS’ guide for instructors now available in English

It is with great pleasure that I am able to present How we train – a guide for instructors in English. This is our primary study material for instructors on how to teach in our club, and I hope that people outside of Sweden will find it useful. This text came about as...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Illustration showing the hanging of Paul Hektor Mair

This is a pretty damn exciting find! Eric Wiggins discovered an illustration depicting the hanging of 16th cent martial arts enthusiast and fechtbuch collector Paul Hektor Mair and Ben Floyd tracked down a colour version of it. The story behind this is well-known to...

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New EU laws regarding the carrying of swords

With a recent and surprising decision, the EU Directive 135/52/EC, people within the European Union are from the beginning of this month forbidden to carry swords or swordlike objects outside of their homes without specific license to do so. The number of licenses...

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Meyer Rappier research launch

There is a growing interest in Meyer's rappier and to aid in this, and as I also plan to study this more myself since it is basically required in order to fully understand Meyer, I decided to create this page. If anyone wishes to collaborate with other Meyer Rappier...

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A two way street between Jogo do Pau & Historical Fencing

Being the Jogo do Pau instructor with the closest international ties to the HEMA community, I have learned a lot from this interaction, while also getting a better grasp of how much Jogo do Pau can be of use to HEMA interpreters ... which I would suggest includes...

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Finals of Fechtschule America broadcast live online!

Something not to miss: Like the two last Swordfish events, Fechtschule America is now broadcasting the final fights live on the Internet. The fights are taking place in Texas, USA on March 15-16th, with the live streaming finals on March 16th at 16:00 CST. So get your...

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New: 2nd edition of Luis Preto’s book on Jogo do Pau!

Looking for something good to read about a living form of traditional European Martial Arts? Well here's a good tip for you: Luis Preto is just releasing his 2nd edition of his first book on Portuguese staff fencing Jogo do Pau. It has been revised based on all the...

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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...

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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!...

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Post your thoughts on HROARR

The beauty of posting your texts on HROARR is that we then can have lots of HEMA articles published under various categories, even quite specific ones, where people post their thoughts and research, and all of it is searchable for the whole community. This makes...

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Translation of Meyer’s first treatise finally here!

After a long and excited waiting, Kevin Maurer has finally managed to deliver a great gift on the last day of the year; a complete translation of Meyer's von Solms treatise, dated to ca 1560. Kevin has been working on this and lots of other great research for many,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 luxurious,...

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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...

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Review updated

Just made a tiny update to the review of the Hi-Tec Scimitar fencing shoes here. Really good and durable shoes. www.hroarr.com/scimitars-fencing-shoes

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A call to arms!

From at least as far back as the early to mid 1400s, all the way up until about the French Revolution in 1789, longsword fencers have been practicing with fechtschwerter, or what is today commonly called federschwert, a specific sword type with a flared schildt and...

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New page: Training sword maintenance

A new page about Training sword maintenance has just been posted. This page will soon have an accompanying page about how to remove severe rust and oxidization from metal. The page can be found here:...

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R.L. Scott Conference in Glasgow, 2012

A Celebration of R.L. Scott and His Arms & Armour Collection Glasgow Museums 19-20 September 2012 "No master better versed in their points" This was arms and armour scholar Sir James Mann's assessment of this remarkable man. Robert Lyons Scott (1871-1939) was the...

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HEMA event: Bilbao Armata 2012 in Spain.

Confirmed instructors thus far are: Roman Vucajnk (Academia artis dimicatoriae) Harry Winter (Dreynschlag) Alberto Bomprezzi (AEEA) Mishaël Lopes Cardozo (AMEK) Ignacio Buján (Sala de Armas Fénix) Classes will cover dagger, grappling, longsword (close combat...

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Spanish FEEH HEMA event in the Mallorcas!

The FEEH (Spanish Historical Fencing Federation) holds it's first international event the 12th, 13th and 14th of OCTOBER 2012 and the whole international HEMA community is invited. The event is focused on fencers who already have certain experience and would like to...

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New research project: Meyer’s general advice

This project will collect all of Joachim Meyer’s personal advice on fighting, stripping away all techniques instead focusing on fighting principles, tactics and strategies. Anyone is welcome to join us in this project. The results will be posted here continuously as...

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New Spanish Historical Fencing Federation (F.E.E.H.)

SPANISH HISTORICAL FENCING FEDERATION (F.E.E.H.) COMMUNIQUE: After several years of meetings, exchanges and cross trainings, some Spanish HEMA groups have decided to create a common structure that allows, in the near future, the recognition to their investigation,...

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Unique new treatise added

We just added a rather unique new, but uncompleted treatise to our database. This time it is the Codex Guelf 83.4 August 8°, entitled "Das ander Theil des newen kunstreichen Fechtbuches, darin alle fürnembste nutzbarliche vnd geheimbte Stücke, so im Schwerdt, halben...

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Longpoint 2012: June 15-17, Baltimore MD

Longpoint 2012, the east coast’s premier HEMA gathering and tournament is now three days long! June 15-17, 2012, at the Howard County Sports Center, just south of Baltimore, MD and only minutes away from the Baltimore Washington International Airport. Events include:...

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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...

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New Book: Manoscritto I.33

Hi everyone! I'm proud to announce a new book about the famous I.33 Manuscript. Authors: Andrea Morini, Riccardo Rudilosso and Federica Giordani, of Sala d'Arme Achille Marozzo, published by "il...

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Beautiful facsimiles of the I.33 coming soon

The Royal Armouries have teamed up with specialist publishers of military manuscripts Extraordinary Editions to produce a full-size facsimile of the manuscript in a limited edition. Each copy of the manuscript will come complete with a companion volume containing a...

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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...

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In honour of the 19th cent pioneers of HEMA

In honour of the 19th cent pioneers of HEMA, Cpt Alfred Hutton, Barton Wright, Gustav Hergsell, Egerton Castle, Cpt Sir Richard Burton, Cpt. Carl Thimm, Colonel Cyril Matthey, Sir Frederick Pollock, Prof. Dr. Panconcelli-Calzia, J. Kpt Emil Fick, Major Nils Hellsten,...

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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,...

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Glima wrestler nominated at Swedish Martial Arts Awards 2012

Glima wrestler and instructor Lars Magnar Enoksen of IK Sparta has been nominated as Traditional Martial Artist of the Year by the Swedish Budo and Martial Arts Federation for his "national and international Glima achivements". We congratulate both him and all Glima...

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The French HEMA Federation (FFAMHE) has been founded.

After 12 years in preparation several French associations and clubs have gathered and managed to create a structure for a French HEMA federation. The site of the Fédération Française des Arts Martiaux Historiques Européens (FFAMHE) can be found here....

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Talhoffer: New research in the Royal Library.

Here's a interesting post on the front page of the Danish Royal Library. Amongst other things, the research of well-known HEMA-researcher and curator Claus Sørensen is presented and the whole news post is illustrated by an image from Talhoffer's "Thott" treatise,...

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