• Curated examples of bolognese guards?
    by /u/The-Mighty-Roo on October 30, 2020 at 6:24 am

    Hey all! I’m working on migrating my study from German to Bolognese Because Reasons. My primary focus is in Spadone, and I found a lovely compilation of guard images taken from manuals and curated into a pdf over at However, I’m rapidly discovering that in order to understand the Marozzo I’m going to need to gain at least some amount of understanding of sidesword, likely through Dall’Agocchie or Manciolino. Currently I’ve found more study aids for Aggy so I intend to start with him. BUT all that said, I’m trying to find a convenient set of images of the guards for sidesword+buckler primarily which I can conventently print off for my own reference. If such images exist for other weapons used within the system then great, I’ll use that too. But the sidesword is the current focus. submitted by /u/The-Mighty-Roo [link] [comments]

  • Help with historical accuracy concerning rapiers and hilt “fashion ”
    by /u/Imaginary_Company263 on October 30, 2020 at 1:06 am

    So basically I’m pretty new to historical swords though I have some general knowledge on random bits here and there. Recently got pretty into rapier styles and the Mousquetaires de la Garde (Musketeers) and their styles. However, while I can find some fairly standard styles for Spanish, Italian, and German guard styles (cup, ring/swept hilt, pappenheimer) I can’t find many for French or English styled hilts since the water is a bit muddied from either movie/tv swords, or just a lack of information available. Was wondering if anyone could help point me in the right direction or even had examples of what a “French rapier” may have looked like, or if there just was no typical hilt that the French developed and/or found preferable. submitted by /u/Imaginary_Company263 [link] [comments]

  • Maintenance and Care for Wooden Wasters/Weapons?
    by /u/screenaholic on October 29, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    I’ve been learning longsword with a wooden waster from PHA, and intend to soon buy a quarterstaff and/or spear trainer from them as well, and I was wondering if I needed to do anything to them to maintain them and prevent rotting, or anything? submitted by /u/screenaholic [link] [comments]

  • What blade tip do you find better in a steel sword or feder?
    by /u/scolomahema on October 29, 2020 at 6:23 pm

    I want to buy my first feder, but I don’t know what type of blade tip is the best, or the type that is more used in the community. I would like to read your experiences. View Poll submitted by /u/scolomahema [link] [comments]

  • Mask Question
    by /u/Kaigarulfr on October 29, 2020 at 7:38 am

    Hi everyone, just had a quick question regarding a specific brand of mask I’m looking at. I currently have one from Blue Gauntlet and it’s perfectly fine, but I’m looking into getting a second one as a backup/loaner mask for when the situation might call for it. I’ve been looking on Amazon, as I was given a gift card for my birthday and figured why not, and came across two different brands that I’m not familiar with: Leonark, and ThreeWOT. The reviews on Amazon are positive, but I figured I’d see if anyone knew anything about them. Also, can anyone actually explain to me the difference between a normal mask, and a “coaches” mask? I can’t tell, beyond maybe a slight difference in the shape of the bib. Thanks in advance! submitted by /u/Kaigarulfr [link] [comments]

  • Gear for getting wacked with a shinai
    by /u/Yaboijohnjohnson on October 29, 2020 at 7:11 am

    Hey yall, a friend and I are considering getting some cheap HEMA gear and a couple of kendo shinais and just kinda… going to town. Just straight up wackapalooza. I am aware that this might not be the right sub given that we won’t be researching techniques or using historically accurate weaponry, but I figured that if anyone would know how to hit people with sticks and not injure them, it’d be you guys. So, here’s what I’ve been considering so far. Gloves: just some Pro Stock hockey gloves, they look padded enough Head protection: AF basic mask and SPES back-of-the-head protector Jacket: need a recommendation, I probably want something padded but since it’s a shinai, puncture resistance isn’t a big deal (unless it breaks I guess) Pants: if there’s something cheap and padded that’d be great, otherwise we could probably just try to avoid hitting the legs If there’s any other gear you guys think might be necessary, or if my listed gear is probably inadequate, please let me know. Thanks! submitted by /u/Yaboijohnjohnson [link] [comments]

  • a little HMB
    by /u/Myrkeiniber on October 28, 2020 at 9:10 am

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  • Forbidden moves
    by /u/Scooter06r on October 27, 2020 at 7:09 pm

    Are there any groups or clubs that practice moves that are considered dishonorable during the medieval time period? Edit:By dishonorable I mean seen as cowardly submitted by /u/Scooter06r [link] [comments]

  • Staff and Short Spear Books
    by /u/screenaholic on October 27, 2020 at 6:52 pm

    I’ve been learning long sword with Cristopher Henry Tobler’s “Fighting with the German Longsword.” I know it’s not the ideal, but it’s the best I can do since joining a club isn’t feasible. I’m really enjoying it, and working as hard as practical to get it, but I’m wanting to widen into staff and short spear (about 6 foot for both) too. There is one chapter on spear in the book, but it’s short, and focused on a longer spear than I’m interested in. I’ve seen reccomendations for Mair, Meyer, and Fiore for these weapons, but I really struggle with deciphering the old language. I was wondering if anyone could reccomend a book similiar to Tobler’s, that puts the instructions into easy to follow, modern English. I’m not to picky about when or where the original source is from, I just want to learn how to use the weapons. I would be especially ecstatic for something that included the use of spear and shield, but I don’t believe there are many surviving sources on that. submitted by /u/screenaholic [link] [comments]

  • A short 2-handed spear sparring video featuring me and a colleauge!
    by /u/Askman_of_the_hird on October 27, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    submitted by /u/Askman_of_the_hird [link] [comments]

  • So I just found out about WMA and HEMA and I would love to be apart of it and learn. I found out about a club here where I live but since I’m 17 I can’t join (18 and up). How can I learn my best on ny own?
    by /u/BILLBO-BOOGONS on October 27, 2020 at 1:40 pm

    So I just found out about this and I really wanna do it. I found out about a club where I live but they only allow 18 and up and im 17. I’ve bought some books (The Theory and Practice Of Historical Martial Arts by Guy Windsor and The Flower of Battle: MS Ludwig XV13 by Colin hatcher and Tracy Mellow) and I hope to learn on my own until I’m 18 (which is a year cause I just turned 17). I was looking into the Pentti training sword from Purple Heart Armory and wondering if I should buy it to learn the weight and how to hold a sword, should I buy it? I just moved to where I live so I have like zero friends nearby and my family members aren’t interested in learn so I won’t have a sparring partner. Is there anything else I can do to learn by myself? TL;DR I wanna start, but I’m too young for my local club. I bought two books to help me learn by myself. Should I buy the Pentti ? Anything else besides the books I can do to learn? submitted by /u/BILLBO-BOOGONS [link] [comments]

  • Small Gorgets?
    by /u/ProperAd7726 on October 27, 2020 at 3:20 am

    I have around a 11 or 12 in neck and I’m not sure what gorgets would fit me. Some folks in my previous post recommend That Guy’s Gorgets but unfortunately he ain’t taking any more orders. I was wondering if any of y’all know any other makers of small gorgets? submitted by /u/ProperAd7726 [link] [comments]

  • Benefits of Different Shield Shapes?
    by /u/screenaholic on October 26, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    I was curious if different shapes of shields provide benefits over others? The benefits of changing size are obvious, portability vs protection, but I’m wondering about the act shape. submitted by /u/screenaholic [link] [comments]

  • Translation errors in Wiktenauer Meyer transcripts
    by /u/NotKhad on October 26, 2020 at 5:45 pm Whenever it comes to thrusting / stabbing in Meyers Text the english translation by Rasmusson is misleading. As I’m reading it, and I did proof read in the print version, Meyer is explaining several times that the German Fencers in his time were not allowed to thrust with the sword anymore. The translations suggests the opposite. When you look up the word stab throughout the book you will only find the descritption of techniques where you pretend to stab before cutting. Just in case someone may be interested. ​ ​ Meyer (Landwehr transcription): Eisenport. Was die recht Eysenport ist / wirstu hieunder im Rapier Fechten weitláuffgern bericht finden / Dan dieweil das stchen mit dem Schwerdt bey vns Teutschen auffgehaben / ist auch dise Hůt gentzlich abkommen vnd zů grundt gangen / brauchen es aber Heutigs tags die Italianer vnd andere Nationen / ist jetz im grund die Schranckhůt / vnd wird von den vnerfarnen als die von der Eisenport keinen bericht haben dafür gebrauchet. ​ Rasmusson: Iron Door What the right Iron Door is, which you will find out should you go farther onto Rapier Fencing, that while it is used in stabbing with the Sword as by us Germans, this guard is also easily deflected and sent to the ground. Although at this time it is used by the Italians and other nations, it covers like the Barrier Guard, and so of the Iron Door no further report is therefore required. ​ Translation to modern German: Eisenpforte Was eine richtige Eisenpforte ist / [dazu] wirst Du hie und da(?) [die] im Rapier Fechten verbreitete [Quellen-]Berichte finden / Denn da das Stechen mit dem Schwert bei uns Deutschen aufgegeben [wurde] / ist auch diese Hut gänzlich abgekommen und zu Grunde gegangen / Die Italiener und andere Nationen verwenden Sie jedoch heutzuttage [noch] / Sie ist jetzt [heutzutage] im Grunde die Schrankhut / und wird von den Unerfahrenen die von der Eisenpforte nichts gehört haben so auch genannt ​ English (Me): Iron Door What a proper Iron Door is / [Of that] you will here and there?) find widespread [sources](Reports) in the field of Rapier Fening / Since we Germans have given up on thrusts with the Sword / this guard too was fully abandonded and perished (=Zu Grunde gehen) / The Italiens and other nations are [still] using this guard nowadays / It is[has become] nowadas basically the Schrankhut / and the inexperienced who have never heard about the Iron door are also calling it like this [Schrankhut] ​ Meyer 1.3vc: Vnd ob schon dise nun erzelte vier theil des Mans gnugsam were / nach dem gebrauch der Alten Teutschen Fechter / bey welchen das Stechen so wol als das Hauwen zůgelassen / Rasmusson: And if these four parts weren’t already addressed enough for one, against them the Ancient German Fencer will need to strike with the various strikes as they are known among us Germans at this time, Modern Germ.: Und auch wenn schon genügend über die vier Teile des Mannes gesagt wäre / Nach dem Gebrauch [der Methode] der alten deutschen Fechter, bei welchen das Stechen so wohl als auch das Hauen zugelassen [war] / English (Me): Even though the report on the four parts would be sufficiently complete / according to the Methods of the old german Fencers / which were still allowed to thurst and to cut / submitted by /u/NotKhad [link] [comments]

  • New spear from Arms and Armor
    by /u/NathanArmsAndArmor on October 26, 2020 at 2:48 pm

    ​ Check out the newest member of our spear family — the Arms and Armor Celtic Spear! It is larger than our javelins, but lighter than the Norseman and 12th century spears. Also, I throw it into a stump in the video ;-). submitted by /u/NathanArmsAndArmor [link] [comments]

  • The wonderful world of Gérard Thibault – A short lecture
    by /u/SchildwachePotsdam on October 26, 2020 at 11:14 am

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  • HEMA/WMA History
    by /u/MAYTTHistory on October 26, 2020 at 1:59 am

    Hello all! I was wondering if you could help me. I write and research for a martial arts Chronicle and wanted to find out more about HEMA/WMA and its derivatives in the United States. Are there any sites, books, or channels that cover this topic? Thanks in advance! submitted by /u/MAYTTHistory [link] [comments]

  • Animation – how to fight longer weapons according Pietro Monte
    by /u/NikosCorner on October 25, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    I’ve been reading Pietro Monte’s book and I found interesting his advice on how to fight against a longer weapon if you have a shorter one. I remebered Mair had some examples in his book and I’ve recently started using canva. I got me an idea of creating an animation combining the three to illustrate how I understood the advice. The result its not perfect but i had great fun making it. Hope you at least enjoy it. submitted by /u/NikosCorner [link] [comments]

  • Black Fencer vs. Purpleheart Armory
    by /u/Pissed_Off_Cannoli on October 25, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    Hi y’all! I’m a new practitioner of HEMA based in the US, and have been mainly focusing on Meyer’s longsword work. I’d like to get my first sword, and would really like a Sharp Simulator v5 longsword. However, as this seems out of the question because of supply inadequacies (thanks, rona), I’m looking to compromise for the time being. Would I be better off waiting for a Black Fencer Heavy Longsword to come into stock, or jump on a Purpleheart Armory Pentti Longsword 50″ AOL? Thank you all for your advice! submitted by /u/Pissed_Off_Cannoli [link] [comments]

  • Help with black marks on blades
    by /u/heurekas on October 25, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    Hi guys, so I need your expertise once again. I’ve managed to get some black marks on one of my blades (in the fuller and on the spine) which I believe is just oxidation which I’m used to and have removed before (most notably on my feder). However, I’ve used WD-40, scrubbed like a mad man with my pad and still nothing really happens. I did the no-no and brought out the big stuff, but not even steel wool managed to do much, except to probably ruin the finish. Now it could be that these are grind marks or something from when I got the sword, buuut I’m fairly certain I never noticed any in the fuller since today. Anyways, I’m kinda at a loss. Do you have any tips? Should I just consign myself to put on a podcast and scrub the same place for an hour or should I get some special polish or something? Thanks in advance. submitted by /u/heurekas [link] [comments]

  • dose anyone know any creative ways to simulate a rapier hilt for a broom handle?
    by /u/darthmayerthewise on October 25, 2020 at 10:04 am

    so i have been interested in starting rapier, I’ve been advised to start with a broom handle but a rapier has a hilt for a reason dose anyone know anything that could temporarily simulate a rapiers hilt for a broom handle? or other ways to start rapier in general? submitted by /u/darthmayerthewise [link] [comments]

  • Question about a beginner practice naginata
    by /u/Lauralis on October 25, 2020 at 1:46 am

    Hello, I’m not sure if this would be the correct subreddit to ask but here is my situation. I would like to learn the Naginata because I always thought glaives were interesting, the culture behind them being a women’s sport appealed to me, and I could really use a fun way to work out with covid going on. I know it isn’t particularly a western weapon, but I figured HEMA practitioners would be knowledgeable about where to find a good wooden practice naginata to use. I’m on the short side at about 5’5″ and a woman so I was curious what dimensions I should look for taking my stature into account. I would also like to know of any decent sellers on the cheap side if anyone knows of any. I saw a few Japanese like kendo ones that were about 7ft~ but they were a bit pricy at around 200-400usd. I also saw they seem to be made out of white/red oak so I was curious if I can’t find one for a reasonable price would I be able to make one out of like a thick oak dowel rod sanded into shape? I’m not sure if dowels are structurally sound enough for a practice weapon, or I should should just get a piece of like 2×4 instead as I have access to table saws, sanders, and most power tools. Anyways sorry for rambling on but any information would be really helpful and appreciated thank you. submitted by /u/Lauralis [link] [comments]

  • Irish medieval fencing style
    by /u/the_ginga_ninja_98 on October 25, 2020 at 1:09 am

    Ive been looking for a fencing style from Ireland, specifically from the medieval period. I’ve found a treatise from the 18th century, but I’m more interested in arming/longsword, rather than smallsword. submitted by /u/the_ginga_ninja_98 [link] [comments]

  • Lower back ache from thrusting?
    by /u/tuggindattugboat on October 24, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    Hey y’all, I’ve been trying to isolate what’s been causing a crimp in my lower back above the pelvis, and after changing pillows and starting a new stretching regimen I’m thinking that it’s something to do with my thrusts. Mostly longsword. Anyone had and/over overcame a consistent pinch in the low back from thrusting and have some tips on how my form may be hurting me? Edit: I’m aware and fully endorse that a doctor/professional is the answer if it’s consistent and continues; I’m a manual therapist myself. At the moment it doesn’t feel like an injury, just bad form, and looking more for if other practitioners have noticed footwork or back position in their form that has led to tight back muscles. submitted by /u/tuggindattugboat [link] [comments]

  • Is reach still useful against shields? (+inordinate amount of questions)
    by /u/Comfortable_Row6893 on October 24, 2020 at 9:52 am

    I’m baffled and confused. I’ve been watching a lot of videos of people trying (and failing) to use a spear against opponents wielding a shield. Not to mention that in contests where both parties carry such a shield–ie. spear & shield vs sword & shield–the spear would lose to the sword. I understand that much fewer people train with spears rather than swords and it goes without saying that the respective skills and experience of each fighter change everything, but, overall, would you say that reach is in some part nullified by shields? Bonus Barrage of Questions: Why does that happen? Does it have to be a large shield for it to be the case? If this hypothesis is true, why did most warriors pair spear and shield–if they were expecting to face enemies with shields such as themselves, wouldn’t they choose a sword/axe/club? Was spear & shield strictly battlefield/formation equipment that would never be preferable in a skirmish or a duel? Is there anything you can do if you’re wielding a spear two-handed vs an opponent with a large shield? Thanks submitted by /u/Comfortable_Row6893 [link] [comments]

  • Painted Mask Megathread
    by /u/detrio on July 12, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    Post your pictures of your painted masks here. Be constructive and kind to the folks who spent the time working on their masks. submitted by /u/detrio [link] [comments]

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