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  • Sparring Practice Games Idea List
    by /u/sndt1347 on December 12, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    Hello Friends!, My HEMA club has been more historically focused on historical curriculum and less focused on competition training. I’ve talked to my instructor and he is willing to allow me a night or two a month to specifically focus on sparring and training for competitions. There are those that are very interested and the instructor simply doesn’t have time in his life which is why I’m going to lead the charge. I’m looking for some suggestions on “games” to play, drills to run, or other general advice anyone is willing to part with 🙂 Some details that may be important: I’d like to start the focus on Longsword, we are a Fiore based club, I’ve been doing HEMA about 2 years (not an expert, nor “advanced” in the least), I feel like I have decent teaching skills, and decent organizational/speaking skills. Some thoughts I already have is “the robot game”, “juggernaut”, having students coach other students (helps both the fighter, and the coach to develop “breaking down an exchange and ‘seeing’ what is happening”, alongside some refereeing, and some focused sparring drills where the fighter is focusing on a specific target or skill. Any additional help/advice/games/thoughts are greatly appreciated! Thanks to everyone for a great community! submitted by /u/sndt1347 [link] [comments

  • Round shield I made a while back
    by /u/Goat_in_the_Shell on December 12, 2019 at 9:15 am

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  • Just finished: 22" and 18" 3/4" plywood round shields, 12" bucklers, Tiny Heater Shield, Claymore, Gladius
    by /u/Chuzzlepuff on December 12, 2019 at 6:23 am

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  • how plausible of a technique is it to punch the enemy with a d guard sword if you lack space for a cut or thrust in combat?
    by /u/sajahet25 on December 11, 2019 at 9:50 am

    people who know about punching and/or mma please help! wiki says d guard swords can be used as an improvised knucks in some situations but i doubt that because d or 0 shaped objects with a single handle tend to roll in your fist if you punch straight. this is why many experts do not recommend using: c clamps, carabiners or staple guns. so why do people keep saying you can punch with a d hilt if that is not a good idea? with basket hilts, what can possibly go wrong? submitted by /u/sajahet25 [link] [comments

  • Yet another MCF rapier
    by /u/PiotrSzyszka on December 10, 2019 at 9:12 pm

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  • Tires for protective gear?
    by /u/Chuzzlepuff on December 10, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    ok ok, hear me out. I just started getting into conventional HEMA. Before buying expensive equipment, I figured i’d have a go at making my own stuff spending as little as possible. I’m a experienced cosplayer, specifically fiberglass armor and such. I started by making various wooden swords, round shields and bucklers, keeping dimensions as close to spec as possible. I would have use nylon for the swords, but pine is dirt cheap and this is just entry level stuff where my friends and I have a go at each other. Now I need to make protective gear. The essentials as I understand are mask, gauntlets, elbows and shins, and a padded tunic. We are using wood, so the only real danger is thrusting attacks. Like I said I have experience making armor, and I work at a tire shop where I can get scrap tires for free. The tread regions of tires are really thick rubber with steel reinforcement. Its kind of a pain to cut with a recip saw, but I think it will make really solid protection, specifically around the bib of a mask to cover the collarbones, and layering strips into gauntlets. I’ll be working on this stuff over the next week or two, so i’ll let you know how it goes. I know the market for HEMA related things is still in infancy, so we’ll see if this ends up being a good supplement for proper gear lol submitted by /u/Chuzzlepuff [link] [comments

  • Gainesville FL now has a HEMA club!
    by /u/nickmavrick on December 10, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    i know the amount of people affected by this in this sub is probably minimal, but I’ve just been working on this for a pretty long time and am happy that its now a reality and really just need a spot to share this. If any of you folks live in north Florida around Gainesville we now have a club that you can visit or join! is our website if you need more info! submitted by /u/nickmavrick [link] [comments

  • Are more inches better?
    by /u/Lil-Tercio on December 10, 2019 at 4:23 am

    I’ll be frank. I used a misleading title to get your attention. Anyways, do you recommend a 12 inch dagger or a 16 inch dagger? Edit: for use with a rapier submitted by /u/Lil-Tercio [link] [comments

  • Bayonet sources/manuals?
    by /u/1989stateofmind on December 9, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    Im just wandering if there are any English-Scottish-Irish boyonet sources from the early 17th century to the late 18th century? Or at least a manual that covers bayonet fighting in a similar fashion to what wouldve been seen in the English civil war or Jacobite uprising? submitted by /u/1989stateofmind [link] [comments

  • [I.33] MS I.33 Sword & Buckler: Durchtreten / Durchtritt / Tread-Through
    by /u/wandi_camarell on December 9, 2019 at 4:09 pm

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  • Cutting Practice after the Cold Steel Parking Lot Sale
    by /u/SirChubbyDubbers on December 7, 2019 at 7:51 pm

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  • Sparring Katana from SIGI
    by /u/TUPDF on December 7, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    Really looking forward to spar against some of these. submitted by /u/TUPDF [link] [comments

  • They were popular for a reason
    by /u/MmeOrgeron on December 7, 2019 at 7:09 am

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  • Steel City 2019: "End of a match"
    by /u/NeonMegaTech on December 6, 2019 at 12:26 am

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  • Started a Martial Arts Chat room
    by /u/hilukasz on December 5, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    Its a great crew of martial artists from all styles, trying to grow it more every day. It’s free, no strings attached, just trying to connect great people. We pride ourselves on having lots of different perspectives and helping to learn from each martial art style. You can sign up here, we use slack. Holler if you have any questions! submitted by /u/hilukasz [link] [comments

  • How to beat zwerch?
    by /u/ToaKarn on December 5, 2019 at 1:14 am

    At my club, I don’t restrict my members to a certain tradition, so I practice mainly Fiore while many of the other members do Meyer/Lichtenauer. In particular, one of them has a reputation for throwing zwerchs as much as he can. Looking online, I find dozens of threads on how and when to zwerch, but for some reason absolutely nothing on how to COUNTER a zwerch (there’s even a thread on how to counter a counter!). The closest I’ve found has been to throw another zwerch in response, but since I’m the one responding I find mine often failing to intercept before his hits me. So how exactly does one counter a zwerch chain? I’d prefer an answer from the Fiore system, but at this point anything outside of grappling is welcome (we sadly don’t have mats). submitted by /u/ToaKarn [link] [comments

  • Need help finding a manual
    by /u/Taytertot_Supreme2 on December 4, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    Last night in beginners class we started working on preparing the proper response to an opponent’s guard (in longsword) and then acting on it to see the outcome. So, the attacker would take the beginning and the defender would respond, stopping at the point of impact to compare who has advantage, etc. It was pretty cool but information overload (I’m new to all this). Our instructor mentioned a historical manual that listed the correct responses to specific guards and cuts, but for the life of me I can’t remember what it was. Anyone know what I’m talking about? submitted by /u/Taytertot_Supreme2 [link] [comments

  • Shoulder injury
    by /u/weirich88 on December 4, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    So some background here I just got MRI results back and have tendinosis of my supraspinatus, a partial tear at the greater tuberosity, a bone spur on my acromion process, and bursitis all in my right shoulder complex. I had stopped doing any 2 handed weapons back in June when the pain started and sought out treatment. But now I am even having trouble wielding my Malleus sidesword. I am looking for something to focus on that is not going to cause anymore injury, but still allow me to go through solo drills and maybe very slow partner drills. I have no illusion that I will be sparring any time soon. Any thoughts would be helpful, also in the past I have done Meyer’s dussack, military saber, and was currently diving deep into the Bolognese tradition. Thank you all. submitted by /u/weirich88 [link] [comments

  • If Fiore, Meyer or Johannes Lichtenauer were alive today
    by /u/sigmund_fjord on December 4, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    If Fiore, Meyer or Johannes Lichtenauer were alive today and you would see them fight and perform and they would be just mediocre fencers would that change anything for you? Would their art still be the same? Would their practice make you doubt their claims? submitted by /u/sigmund_fjord [link] [comments

  • Any opinions on VB competition sharp
    by /u/Parcival1985 on December 4, 2019 at 12:01 pm

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  • Is sabre actually sabre?
    by /u/Varne476 on December 4, 2019 at 5:07 am

    I’ve been following hema stuff for a while but due to being absent of clubs in my area I’ve not been able to get into any of it, looking into different weapons I’ve considered learning rapier or sabre as I’ve found a school. Since looking into sabre fencing I’ve found what I believed to be actually sabre fencing (polish sabre) and another kind which is in the Olympics, which the latter looks more like a slightly larger rapier and as of that rapier it looks like a oversized epee from a traditional rapier. I’m unsure if what I see for sabre classes is one or the other. Being at most an unknowledgeable peasant in these things I was hoping maybe you guys would be able to help me distinguish a sabre from my thoughts of an actual sabre. -Signed a filthy peasant submitted by /u/Varne476 [link] [comments

  • 7 months ago my A&A feder broke, after 5 years of solid use and 7 tournaments. The parts of that sword are rising from the ashes. The pro’s at A&A repaired the broken blade into a new meyers training rapier. I changed the broken tip into a carving knife.
    by /u/siliconsmurf on December 3, 2019 at 5:28 pm

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  • Thanks to a Helpful Sub!
    by /u/Draxonn on December 3, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    Just blew a lot of money on protective gear. I really appreciated the timely and knowledgeable responses to my questions here. Thank you for your patience and willingness to help. It helped make the whole process a lot less painful. Kudos! submitted by /u/Draxonn [link] [comments

  • Now, where was I? Oh, yes… New Features!
    by /u/OneBACo on December 3, 2019 at 9:56 am

    As you may have noticed, I have been silent for some times, posted nothing new on the site, updated no event. Beside some personal important events, which kept me busy, the real reason behind this little black out is that I have been working to upgrade the site a bit with some new features. You can find original post here: Now, where was I? Untill November, Hema Advisor was just a calendar with Hema Events and some posts to announce upcoming Hema Events. The calendar itself worked quite good by itslef: it has a basic search which covers most of the needs and the map feature provides a good idea of where the events are occurring all over the world. I added some posts focusing on main and Important Events (e.g. Wessex League, Swordifsh), and I have been able to intercept some new event because people wrote me using the contact form. Was that enough? Not really. The site was missing some key features. Actually is missing a lot of functionalitiers, but some are more urgent. Was it possible to search events by tags? Yes, using the tag cloud, but it was not easy. Was it possible to search events by disciplines? Yes, again, using the tag cloud, but yet again it was not quick. Was it possible to search events by nations? by Organizer? Yes and yes: using the tags, but that was not smart. Was it possible to add an event? Yes, using the form, but you had to wait the admin to search all the information you provided. And if you wanted to update it by yourself, you couldn’t: you could, at least, message the admin and ask for an update. Was it possible to comment a post or a event? No. Actually that was not yet possible. Now you can do the same things, but a way better, a way smarter, a way quicker. Oh, yes… New Features! Hema Advisor now has finally leveled up introducing some new features. Dive in for a quick overview. Filters Finally you can search Hema Events on the calendar, using filters to narrow your result ​ new filters The criteria available are: Disciplines: longsword, sidesword, sword and buckler, rapier ecc. Women / Men / Open: search competition for Women, Men or open Event category: tournament and/or workshop Tags: used to aggregate smilar Hema Events Organizer: you may rember the organizer, but not the name of the Hema Event Country: instead using the map, you can search for a particular nation City: some countries are big and hosts lots of events, you can select the city Adding an event and manage it Now it is possible to create an event and manage it. There are two new pages on the blog: Add Hema Event and Manage Hema Event new menus Both links require a log in in order to interact with the calendar. You can use your Facebook, Google or Twitter identity. Social login Once logged in, you can add your Hema Event by adding the usual information you can find in every Hema Advisor Event. I will post an “how to” guide about the use of the community part of the site, but I am sure the most of you will be able to figure it out by yourselves. Comment Now it is possibile to comment a every future post or event, for the the social login is enabled. You could also comment leaving email, name and website, but I strongly suggest you to use your social credential. So, what do you think? Let me know what do you think about the new features and what I should improve on the site. submitted by /u/OneBACo [link] [comments

  • The HEMA Lamp™
    by /u/Epichp on December 2, 2019 at 9:49 pm

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  • Before Posting, read the FAHQ: Frequently Asked HEMA Questions
    by /u/detrio on April 20, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    There’s a great chance that what you’re about to ask is already answered in this handy FAHQ: ​ Loads of new folks coming into HEMA will have the same assumptions and questions, so we put it together with you in mind. After reading if you don’t find an answer to your question, feel free to post! submitted by /u/detrio [link] [comments

Ian K.

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