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 system.
2. Highlighting of the body and weapon mechanics, connected to stances and movement.
3. Footwork.
4. Techniques with references and preferably quotes from text.
5. Tactical considerations and applications.

If enough people in the community gets to work on this, then we can build a great video archive that is very useful to beginners and advanced students alike, at the same time as it will give you a deeper insight into your own system as you organize your videos. And your videos can reach a really big audience. The HROARR site has had about 285,000 returning visitors over the last 5 years.

The new, technical framework is already in place on HROARR. So let's start filling your YT channels and HROARR with fantastic videos. And let's all compete to make the best damn videos of HEMA. And with that in mind, a few pieces of advice.

1. Keep clothing discreet and choose colours that don't make the weapons "disappear". Differently coloured socks might be good, to show which leg is forward.
2. Keep the environments and backdrop clean and disturbance free.
3. Mind the lighting, so things are clearly visible and look good.
4. Make sure sound is good and disturbance free.
5. Look into getting editing software and adjust colours so it looks good, perhaps using filters.
6. A smart phone is often quite enough, but a camera on a tripod is naturally better.
7. Skip growling metal and bagpipes.
8. Make sure that the opponent acts logically in line with the system and not just stands still taking a beating, but acts with intent and force. This is a great flaw with many martial arts videos, where the opponent is a "willing victim" and cooperates.

Please help spread this challenge and join us.

 

Faces of HEMA

Roger Norling
Roger Norling is an instructor on Joachim Meÿer's Halben Stangen (Quarterstaff) with the Gothenburg Free Fencer's Guild (GFFG).

Starting with the Gothenburg Historical Fencing School in 2008, he is since 2015 a member of the GFFG. His main focus in his research is the "Kunst des Fechtens" and primarily the longsword, dussack and polearms. He has been focusing on the works of Joachim Meÿer since 2009. In this he has enjoyed collaborating with the Meyer Frei Fechter Guild and in May 2013 he became a Fechter of the MFFG.

Currently, he is writing on several books which will explore the teachings of Joachim Meyer, as well as on pedagogics for teaching martial arts.

He is the creator behind the three sister sites HROARR.com, Water on a Rock, an online journal on philosophical ponderings, and Northernbush.com and shares his experiences and knowledge in articles on both sites.

He regularly lectures on topics related to HEMA, and teaches workshops on Meÿer quarterstaff, dusack and longsword at various HEMA events around the world. For more about this, read his instructor's profile.