• Historical best choices for single-combat weapons?
    by /u/teffflon on February 19, 2020 at 12:28 am

    Apologies if you get this post all the time. But, I’ve been trying to better understand the strengths and weaknesses of pole-arms and other historic melee weapons beyond sword/dagger. Focusing for simplicity on single, ground combat, even though many weapons were of course meant for fighting involving groups and/or cavalry. Basically I want a rock-paper-scissors chart or clear winner among common weapons, OK? Allowing for complicating factors like armor, range, terrain. I understand pole weapons have several things going against their appreciation today. First, it’s at least controversial whether there is any way to safely train in their effective use, to spar or even reenact. As a pure kibbitzer, I’m not personally invested in this debate and don’t mean to open it, even though safety of course limits what can be known about my question. Second, they seem to lack the romantic appeal of swords. I’ve tried to learn about their historical strengths from Oakeshott’s classic books, only to conclude that he’s too in love with swords to give other arms a fair hearing (he makes nakedly aesthetic judgments, calling the flail “a squalid weapon”). Third, there are a confusing variety of them and no fully-standard terminology. That’s fine. But it seems clear that something like a halberd would be a pretty potent weapon, perhaps even a clear winner against swords in a range of settings? So I wanted to raise the broad question. submitted by /u/teffflon [link] [comments]

  • Most influential traditional fencing masters?
    by /u/Escrime_Autrefois on February 18, 2020 at 10:51 pm

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  • My students have been making a ton of progress, so I thought I’d show them off a bit here ๐Ÿ˜
    by /u/xLTxMasterThief on February 18, 2020 at 12:30 pm

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  • Do bucklers, paired with daggers, work well compared to a buckler and sword? I have my bucklers paired with dagger-swords (sorry for the term, i cant remember the proper terms) that is easy to stow in a medium sized backpack.
    by /u/xXDed_SecXx on February 18, 2020 at 12:14 pm

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  • Statement from Neyman Fencing
    by /u/ForTexi on February 18, 2020 at 11:15 am

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  • Lacrosse glove hack
    by /u/rimkojr on February 18, 2020 at 5:06 am

    Standard disclaimer against making your own gear, your safety is worth investing in quality, proven gear. But I was curious about this method and the initial results have been promising. I found knit work gloves that lacrosse gloves would fit into snugly. I then covered the outside of the knit glove with a thick layer of hot glue. The layer of glue is both flexible and strong. What’s nice is that additional layering can be done to protect sensitive areas like thumbs and fingertips. If more protection is desired, just glue kydex or similar over the glue layer. They are exceptionally ugly, been calling them “The Ugly Gloves” but they were very cheap to build. submitted by /u/rimkojr [link] [comments]

  • Sidesword gloves
    by /u/ChocolateJackalopeII on February 18, 2020 at 3:45 am

    Apologies if this has been asked recently, but I’m wondering if anyone has any particular recommendations for gloves to use with a sidesword. I’m currently using a pair of Red Dragons, which I realize aren’t ideal, and I find that my fingertips aren’t well protected. I also realize there isn’t going to be a perfect glove for sidesword, but regardless I’m curious to hear what people are using. In case anyone is wondering, I’m using a Kvetun sidesword. submitted by /u/ChocolateJackalopeII [link] [comments]

  • Knighthood and HEMA
    by /u/justacunninglinguist on February 17, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    As I delve more into practicing HEMA, I wonder about the historical context of when the treatises were penned (14th-16th centuries). With medieval knights, you most likely were a nobleman, owned horses, and have the wealth necessary for arms and armor. Now it was my understanding that to be a knight, they had to squire for 7 or so years before they were given a knighthood. In that time they learned how to use various arms for combat. Is that structure more common in the early medieval era where we dont have any written historical documents about fighting with weapons? How do Fiore and the later masters fit into this? I have not read any of the treatises so I apologize if this is is gleaned from them. Thanks! submitted by /u/justacunninglinguist [link] [comments]

  • What do you think about thi 1v2 tactic??
    by /u/Haraakviking on February 17, 2020 at 11:16 am

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  • Is there any treatise using poleaxe/halberd against sword and shield or longsword?
    by /u/lj0zh123 on February 17, 2020 at 1:00 am

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  • Saber fighting and hand
    by /u/Shower-Tower on February 16, 2020 at 11:42 pm

    I’ve been practicing saber for about a year now, but using saber still puts a lot of stress on my thumb. Perhaps I am doing something wrong? I use thumb grip and handshake grip when holding the saber and when I cut, I use wrist along with slight opening and closing of the hand for the snapping motion of the cut. Mostly the thumb stress comes from when I do cut three and four. submitted by /u/Shower-Tower [link] [comments]

  • Welp, my beloved Konings are about to take the proverbial dump and they are discontinued. Does anyone have experience with the Sparring Glove Infinity gloves?
    by /u/fioreman on February 16, 2020 at 6:12 pm

    Just want to ask before I resign myself to becoming a SPES Heavies normie. submitted by /u/fioreman [link] [comments]

  • Any meetups in NYC?
    by /u/InsectChomper on February 16, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    I’ve never done historical fencing before, but 6 months ago I saw a group sparring in Central Park. Not sure if they were HEMA or not; I can’t find any groups on meetup dot com. To start I’d rather attend a meetup than go to a club where they’d be pressuring me to join right away. submitted by /u/InsectChomper [link] [comments]

  • Sword+shield vs spear+shield sparring
    by /u/Neutral_Fellow on February 16, 2020 at 2:42 pm

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  • Noob HEMA boy has question about “kielhau”.
    by /u/Bl1nMach1ne on February 16, 2020 at 1:02 pm

    Hello, i’ve been practicing HEMA for a couple of months now and I have a question about one of the master tecnuiqes I think is called “Kielhau”. It’s the one witch looks like an uberhau but you strike with the false edge. The tecnuiqe is suposed to be stronger than than an oberhau. But why? What makes it different? Is it the angle that your arms get positioned in so one can stab and block at the same time? Or is it perhaps that you get a more robust stance? submitted by /u/Bl1nMach1ne [link] [comments]

  • Straight Blade Saber
    by /u/Apapse on February 16, 2020 at 3:24 am

    Oddly specific question but does anyone have any recommendations for a straight blade sparring saber? I’ve always wanted one to practice military style fencing with but I haven’t been able to find one (the reason I want it as a straight blade is purely personal preference/aesthetic). Any help would be amazing! submitted by /u/Apapse [link] [comments]

  • Update on Kingston Arms sidesword as requested
    by /u/thecompanygoat on February 16, 2020 at 3:04 am

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  • Question about Joachim Meyer
    by /u/PNW_1989 on February 16, 2020 at 12:32 am

    I have been reading Roger Norling’s articles on Meyer over at HROARR. He has said in a few articles that Meyer was or may have been a soldier. Does anyone know anymore about that? Did he find some info suggesting Meyer was in the military? submitted by /u/PNW_1989 [link] [comments]

  • Longsword Torso Protection
    by /u/Karantalsis on February 14, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    Has anyone tried something like this under a fencing jacket? No idea of it would be a good idea, but looks like it might offer extra protection when in addition to normal arm guards etc. submitted by /u/Karantalsis [link] [comments]

  • I have a question about a using bucklers. Any tactics that i can learn from? Im a Filipino, and im new to HEMA. After hearing about it two weeks ago, i made a buckler shield as a start. Here’s the recent one i made.
    by /u/xXDed_SecXx on February 14, 2020 at 12:33 pm

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  • HEMAists that have been in the game for a while, what’s the biggest change(s) you’ve seen in our understanding or practice of the art over the last 5 years? 10 years? 20?
    by /u/Silver_Agocchie on February 13, 2020 at 11:46 pm

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  • Part two of Roworth’s Broadsword and Sabre
    by /u/mssmoncton on February 13, 2020 at 7:09 pm

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  • Two More Gear Questions: DMZ Gorget and Gaps
    by /u/Draxonn on February 12, 2020 at 6:56 pm

    So, I have a wonderful collection of new gear which I’m looking forward to putting through its paces tomorrow night. However, I have a couple of questions: How can I reshape my DMZ Gorget without a heat gun? Keith Farrell says just apply force, but that seems risky to me. I’m noticing a few gaps in my protection and I’m curious how much they matter and what options I have for covering them. Specifically, upper arms and clavicle area. I’ve already ordered pads for my pants to cover my upper legs and hips. However, my upper arms are simply covered by my AP Light. Do I need more protection here? If so, what are my options? Also, I’m concerned about my upper chest/clavicles. There’s a substantial gap between my DMZ Gorget and my PBT body protector. I know I don’t want broken clavicles, but is that a common issue? I seem to recall a hack I read about where someone simply added rubber on the outside of their jacket, along the lines of the clavicle. I was thinking about designing a small bib with aluminum plates from a lamellar project I have going. Thoughts? submitted by /u/Draxonn [link] [comments]

  • Tricky Bicorno Thrust
    by /u/SirChubbyDubbers on February 12, 2020 at 4:04 pm Several times in this video, Enrico (the red fencer) uses a tricky thrust. He starts in Posta Breve, he rotates his blade back toward his dominant hand’s shoulder like he is going to transition to a Porta di Ferro Mezzana or Coda Longha, and then when his opponent seeks to press in to take advantage of the space he just created in the centerline, he whips the tip around and under straight into a Bicorno thrust. I personally have never seen this done, and it seems extremely deceptive. Has anyone had this done to them? Have you done it to anybody? Is it as hard to see coming as it seems to be for Federico in this video? It looks really cool! submitted by /u/SirChubbyDubbers [link] [comments]

  • Looking for a good quality longsword
    by /u/awark90 on February 12, 2020 at 7:15 am

    I’ve been considering purchasing a longsword for a while now and I’ve had a look on lots of different sites, the only thing holding me back is I don’t really know what will be good quality or not. I’ve heard that Albion swords are probably the best ones I can buy but they are a little on the expensive side. I do intend on purchasing an Albion at some point. But until then I am looking for suggestions on a cheap, but well made budget longsword that I can use to practice cutting with? All suggestions are greatly appreciated. submitted by /u/awark90 [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]