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  • Jugger – foam sword point fighting 5 v 5 – finals of the german play-off
    by /u/ihavepotatoe on November 20, 2019 at 11:25 pm

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  • HEMA Alternatives?
    by /u/littletwerps on November 20, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    I want to do HEMA, but the closest place is 40 miles away and my parents won’t drive me because it’s too far away. I live in a small town and there isn’t anything local. Are there any alternatives to HEMA I could look into? submitted by /u/littletwerps [link] [comments

  • Love my new display.
    by /u/Driftwoodjim on November 20, 2019 at 7:13 pm

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  • Gloves for Sabre?
    by /u/RedactedBear on November 20, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    I’ve been looking to get into Sabre and want to get a lighter pair of gloves for it. SPES’s Dueling Light gloves look good but there aren’t many reviews for them. Any recommendations? submitted by /u/RedactedBear [link] [comments

  • Cross post from r/HistoryMemes
    by /u/cleverseneca on November 20, 2019 at 1:12 pm

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  • One-handed technique
    by /u/martiensk on November 20, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    I am looking for resources on one-handed sword technique specifically. There are a lot of content around the Web that deals with two-handed swords and rapier, but not much that deals with one-handed. It would be particularly great if anyone can help with resources relating to reconstructed sword and round sheild combat, or strikes and guards specifically for / adapted for one-handed sword use. submitted by /u/martiensk [link] [comments

  • How reliable is and other newcomer questions.
    by /u/ForTexi on November 20, 2019 at 11:21 am

    Often when searching for HEMA gear, the webpage comes up. The have some extensive reviews and comparison, so it seems like a very useful site for deciding what to buy. What strikes me weirdly is that they seem to recommend a lot of gear from Neyman (for which I’ve seen a lot and lot of negative posts). Also some of the other reviews are a bit weird; SPES Lobsters for example have 5/5 mobility and grip? The grades they give on a scale of 1-5 dont seem very clearly specified or clearly comparable. They’re also missing some reviews for some newer products. On another note, I also found this list:, but it seems a tad outdated (at least for many of the links). It is not mentioned in the subreddit sidebar or the faq, so is it discontinued? Overall, I think this subreddit could use a small boost, with links to useful resources etc. on the sidebar. Do HEMA people use some other discussion platform instead of reddit? submitted by /u/ForTexi [link] [comments

  • When is a Priority Mail International Parcel considered lost?
    by /u/Happy__Puppy on November 20, 2019 at 2:54 am

    This would be the only group I know to go to, that would be getting packages from Poland. When should a Priority Mail International Parcel being sent to the the USA be considered “lost?” Neyman sent me a package that was “processed through facility,” Warszawa Wer, Poland on 8/16/19. Only other information I have is that “Origin Post is Preparing Shipment” and “We have received notice that the originating post is preparing to dispatch this package” and that has been unchanged for the last 14 weeks. I do a tracking search at, and three other international package tracking resources and they all have the same information. I have asked “Old Neyman” and they won’t answer my email about it, if there is any kind of search they can do on their side. In the past, I have gotten tracking that a package at least showed up at ISC. submitted by /u/Happy__Puppy [link] [comments

  • New Sword Day, Kingston arms sidesword
    by /u/thecompanygoat on November 20, 2019 at 2:08 am

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  • are these moves practical for naginata/spear/halberd/similar bladed polearm?
    by /u/erykaWaltz on November 19, 2019 at 11:21 pm

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  • MCF sabre
    by /u/PiotrSzyszka on November 19, 2019 at 8:51 pm

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  • Didn’t listen the warnings about Neyman: learn from my mistakes
    by /u/sobodash on November 19, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    I ordered a pair of armadillo gauntlets when they were going into production in September 2018. It’s been a full year and Neyman still has no idea when they will make them and they refuse to offer a refund. Basically, I am out $400 for gloves everyone hates. I have no idea when I will ever be getting my pair since they have not even entered production. I have no chance of getting my money back even though production has not started. Neyman has been, without question, the worst company I have ever had the misfortune to deal with. During the past year there were semi-monthly promises that my gloves were coming next week and assurances the person I was corresponding with would personally fulfill the order. Around March, Neyman started a blog to ostensibly keep people updated about the disastrous armadillo roll out. It was updated once, ever, with info on what Neyman was actually doing. The second post was an unrelated ad for jackets. Late in the summer, all contact stopped. When I finally got in touch with Neyman over Facebook, I was told it was now “New Neyman” and my order was with “Old Neyman” and there was nothing they could do to help me. I contacted Old Neyman and they told me they lost their entire database of orders and had no idea who ordered what and what was ever fulfilled. When I produced the original order emails and all correspondences, they basically said, “Thanks, but we still have no idea when we will do anything.” I pestered them over the last month and they said there were still large gloves left from the original batch and they could send me one of those if I didn’t want to wait. I said fine, and once again Neyman went silent. When I contacted them last week, I was told they would no longer answer any correspondences except on Mondays. Six days later, Neyman informed me they will not be making armadillos again until they finish all custom orders (clothing?). They have no idea how long this will take, but they still won’t give my money back. Learn from my mistake and not deal with Neyman. This subreddit and the HEMA community at large is full of Neyman haters. I wanted to give them a chance, and I was wrong to do so. Their word means nothing. If it weren’t for the HEMA market being so small, a company this irresponsible and incapable would never manage to be in business more than a year. submitted by /u/sobodash [link] [comments

  • Finally finished my first harness. Mostly.
    by /u/Dovannik on November 19, 2019 at 5:50 pm

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  • The Knight of Hope
    by /u/herrcoffey on November 19, 2019 at 4:13 pm

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  • Book suggestions
    by /u/dioginis on November 19, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    I am searching for a good book to self study hema, mainly Longsword, but i don’t want to work with any historical Texts because i am a lazy person. Do you have any suggestions? The least the book should contain are the techniques described. The best it could contain would be a detailed description into biomechanics fit the cuts ans Guards. Lichtenauer would be Great nur mit necessary. Edit: Added that it should focus on the longsword submitted by /u/dioginis [link] [comments

  • Saber sharps in the USA?
    by /u/Crownie on November 18, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    As the title suggests, I’m in the market for a military saber (or broadsword/backsword, or even a cutlass/hanger) for test cutting, and I was wondering if there were any reputable suppliers on that front that were easy to acquire from the US (all the suppliers I’m familiar with don’t make sabers or don’t make sharps). submitted by /u/Crownie [link] [comments

  • The classical lunge | Cote du Golfe School of Fencing
    by /u/Escrime_Autrefois on November 18, 2019 at 5:04 pm

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  • Help identifying an art
    by /u/mister_ghost on November 18, 2019 at 5:06 am

    What martial art am I seeing here in the match between Matthys Kool and Joris Jacobs? (45 seconds in if the timestamp doesn’t work) Thanks submitted by /u/mister_ghost [link] [comments

  • Dancing with the Sword
    by /u/Rialdial on November 18, 2019 at 12:57 am

    As the title suggests, is there any style of swordsmanship that would allow me to “dance” with it? I would love that. Maybe like Arya’s dancing master in Game of Thrones. I understand that this would very probably not be very efficient on a battlefield or a duel but I’d love to learn it anyway. Hahaha, of course, I would love it even more if I could actually use it to train and “fight” with a group of friends. Ideally, if possible, something that could be used with a viking sword. Thank you for reading and even more for if you can help me! submitted by /u/Rialdial [link] [comments

  • Beginner to HEMA, how does one deal with tennis elbow?
    by /u/Herzyr on November 17, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    Around a week ago, I started on solo practice with a sabre from Alfred Hutton’s Cold Steel. My weapon weights a behemoth of 2.5lbs, looks to me like a replica of a heavy cavalry sabre, also doesn’t look practical for combat since it doesn’t have a full hand guard. If it helps, I can post a picture later. I’m currently working on the cuts 1 to 7, along with some back and forth foot drills and here is where I have noticed problems popping up,swings,this weapon is HEAVY. I can do the cuts but carry a lot of momentum, for example after a cut 1 or 2, it follows a moulinet and then to the front guard stance, were I not to do so, I would have lobbed the sword or something in accident just from the momentum alone. Are sabres normally that heavy? Or am I better off looking to buy another lighter weapon like a light cavalry sabre or a naval cutlass? This of course, means that I got tennis elbow, for now, symptoms include a certain numbness on my sabre hand, a inconvenience but luckily no pain yet. Has anyone here had to deal with this kind of situation before? Or is it totally normal and expected when starting out? Any kind of insight is greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance! P.s. I should mention right now that a club is impossible for me,for one, HEMA clubs do not exist in my country and I have tried the searcher from the website and there are 0 matches. So books,videos and shadow fencing will have to do for now >.< submitted by /u/Herzyr [link] [comments

  • Which modern sport fencing style is closest to rapier and longsword?
    by /u/Reich___ on November 17, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    There’s a HEMA fencing school near me where students must be 18 or older to participate. I’m still 17 and I’m planning on just practicing modern olympic sport fencing until I’m old enough to switch over to HEMA. I’ll either do rapier or longsword. So, if any of them are, which modern fencing style would be closest to rapier and which modern fencing style would be closest to longsword fencing? Or which one would you recommend I practice before switching over to HEMA? Thanks! submitted by /u/Reich___ [link] [comments

  • Pringle-Green: The Highland Connection
    by /u/1989stateofmind on November 17, 2019 at 2:22 am

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  • Glove opinions
    by /u/tacklebox3000 on November 16, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    I practice longsword, and have all my own gear except gloves. I’ve been putting off gloves for last since I’ve been able to borrow a pair from one of my club mates, but now I should buy my own. He has a pair of spes heavies and neyman thokks that we switch between. The heavies definitely have better protection but worse mobility and feel. I like the way the thokks handle and feel and I’m ok with the level of protection they provide. However, they’re very hard to find and I don’t really want to support neyman’s way of doing business if I can help it. How do the sparring glove hooves stack up compared to these? I’m hoping they’ll be similar mobility to the thokks. Also I don’t trust myself to measure my hands correctly, I’ve been using a size small in both the spes and the thokk. Should I go with a small sparring hoof? What do you think I should buy? (I’m in the US) submitted by /u/tacklebox3000 [link] [comments

  • Saw it on classmate’s overlay, what brand is it?
    by /u/JustSand on November 16, 2019 at 6:50 am

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  • How Were Kriegsmessers Used?
    by /u/c-y-d-o-n-i-a on November 15, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    Were they used like a normal, smaller messer, or were they used more like a longsword due to their size and their ability to be used with two hands? Likewise, were they used in one-on-one combat or in group formations, and were they used on foot or on horseback? submitted by /u/c-y-d-o-n-i-a [link] [comments

  • 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

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