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  • Preparing for a competition
    by /u/ethantakespictures on January 19, 2020 at 3:52 am

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  • Thinking of taking up historical fencing
    by /u/Xortor86 on January 19, 2020 at 3:26 am

    Should I take up historical fencing or Olympic stlye fencing? I can’t do both plus I’m 33 am I too old? submitted by /u/Xortor86 [link] [comments

  • Sinclair’s Broadsword Print
    by /u/screenaholic on January 19, 2020 at 1:45 am

    I’ve decided to stop waiting around and try learning HEMA. I’m hoping to join an actual club sometime this year, but can’t immediately due to time and budget. So, in order to get started, I’ve decided to find a manual that my wife and I can self-teach from. I’ve decided on Sinclair’s broadsword/single stick manual, Anti-Pugilism/Cudgel-Playing. It seems fairly simple and well laid out, and in a digestible size to start with. Is there any decent prints of this treatise? The only I can find is an Amazon print with no pictures of the book that lists it as an unknown binding, which seems sketchy. I know a physical book isn’t necessary, but it would be nice. submitted by /u/screenaholic [link] [comments

  • Yet another kit suggestion topic (AP light jacket)
    by /u/Tavmataz on January 18, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    I’m fairly new to the HEMA scene, but I’ve pretty much fallen in love with it and now I’m starting to look into buying kit. I’ve got a helmet and I’m waiting on some gloves, but I’ve been on the fence with is what gambeson to buy. I’ve been leaning towards the AP light jacket due to it’s (alleged) maneuverability and breathability, but I want to hear what the community thinks of it before I make my decision. Here’s a few facts about me, just so you have an idea of where my head is at and why I’m interested in this product. -As I said, I’m new to HEMA. I’ve been doing this for under a year, but more than six months. I’ve been smacked around mostly by nylon swords and leather dussacks, so I feel like I have a pretty good idea of how feels to get hit. I know the AP light doesn’t have as much protection as some jackets, but I don’t really mind a bit of pain. -I’m a bigger guy that tends to sweat pretty hard even when I’m in good shape, so breathability and freedom of moment seems more important to me than a few scrapes and bruises. -This will be my first investment in a gambeson -I’m willing/contemplating buying extra protection -My current club uses steel for everything not dussack related. I’m currently only doing slow sparring with steel (like most noobs, I tend to favour longsword) but want to start ramping things up once I get my kit. No one is married to a specific brand of equipment there, and one of the more experienced fighters is thinking of grabbing the AP light as well. -I still spar with nylon occasionally with another group, and a lot of us tend to be fairly aggressive when we spar. Let me know what you guys think, and feel free to ask any other pertinent details! submitted by /u/Tavmataz [link] [comments

  • Strength in sword fighting – Showcasing HEMA
    by /u/TheSolarian on January 18, 2020 at 5:43 pm

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  • Mamluk Sword Fighting: Episode 5 – Footwork
    by /u/oneboredgreek on January 18, 2020 at 10:13 am

    The next video in the Mamluk Sword Fighting Series is up. This episode deals with footwork, using Al Matreg in North Africa to come to a probable conclusion. submitted by /u/oneboredgreek [link] [comments

  • Sainct Didier and Dall’Aggochie opinions?
    by /u/Mitisuit on January 17, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    I have two books one explains the Dardi style Italian swordsmanship and the other French. Have you read on these two? Do you enjoy their styles? And what do you feel is good and bad about them? Finally what about the iron gate (porta do fero) and unicorn (d’alicorno) guards being the only two needed to survive a duel? Dall’ aggochie goes woth marozzo and manciolino. Thank you. ~self teaching student. submitted by /u/Mitisuit [link] [comments

  • My new, and first feder from Regenyei!
    by /u/Anvvir on January 17, 2020 at 4:54 pm

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  • European Iaido/Iaijutsu with dagger
    by /u/Chrsystian on January 17, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    Hi, I’m practicioner of Iaido ( japenese quick draw with katana) and I was wonderig is there something simmilar in WMA/HEMA. Does any of you ladies and gentelment practice something like quick draw with i.e. dagger? submitted by /u/Chrsystian [link] [comments

  • An elegant weapon for a more civilized age
    by /u/TheWabbitSeason on January 17, 2020 at 3:45 am

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  • Is attacking and defending with a weapon two different skill sets?
    by /u/TheLastPunctuation on January 16, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    Hey, y’all! I’m glad to join the sub! I’m currently working on a table-top game that has a more realistic approach to combat without being hard to learn. I’m at a crossroads and I could use some more expert advice. In your opinion, when using your swords to block and defend, are those two different skills, or should they be grouped together as one skill that can do both of those things? Thank you for any input! submitted by /u/TheLastPunctuation [link] [comments

  • Anyone else ready to face the fact there will never be perfect longsword/sidesword gloves and ready to skip directly to this?
    by /u/fioreman on January 15, 2020 at 11:04 pm

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  • Been to my 2nd longsword class. I might be hooked.
    by /u/justacunninglinguist on January 15, 2020 at 8:50 pm

    Yeah, another post from a newbie. After a couple years of being interested in HEMA (and a lifelong interest in medieval era and knights), I signed up for a class. I used to live in a larger town but the HEMA club was on the opposite side and work and traffic just made it not an option. Now I live in a smaller town and the local club is only 10 min away. Second class we got to do some light and slow freeplay. Appling posta di Donna while attacking and defending was great. Looking forward to the rest. I may have already put a deposit on a custom Regenyei…. But I know my next purchases need to be shoes, a mask, and some gloves. Tldr: just wanted to share my joy for the short time I’ve already been exposed to HEMA. 🙂 submitted by /u/justacunninglinguist [link] [comments

  • Gambeson Recommendations…
    by /u/Konig76 on January 15, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    I’m looking for recommendations for a good quality mid-14th Century to early-15th Century reproduction gambeson… Can anyone point me in the right direction? submitted by /u/Konig76 [link] [comments

  • So which one of you is trying to bring back judicial dueling?
    by /u/NimChimpskii on January 15, 2020 at 4:55 pm

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  • Polish Tradition or styles?
    by /u/RiverHart on January 15, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    Im wondering if there is a Polish kingdom/region specific Art style, technique or sword design? Either originating from or maybe favored by Poles? I see a lot of German, English, French, Scottish etc. Edit: saw the saber fencing thread. Is that the only style? Is it recognized as HEMA? submitted by /u/RiverHart [link] [comments

  • Historic Knightly Physical Training Event Write Up
    by /u/ChuckGrossFitness on January 14, 2020 at 9:22 pm

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  • Struggling with cut 3 in saber
    by /u/ScottyTheDoc_ on January 14, 2020 at 8:36 pm

    So I recently started doing a bit of saber. I started out with the 6 cut drill but I cant seem to do cut 3 in anyway that doesnt feel ethier really weak or like I’m over extending my rest. Anyone got any insight? submitted by /u/ScottyTheDoc_ [link] [comments

  • Longsword gloves for small hands?
    by /u/Paliandro on January 14, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    More specifically, what gauntlets/gloves/hand protection thingies would you recommend, that are a) more dexterous than lobsters, and b) work well for someone with smaller and lither hands? submitted by /u/Paliandro [link] [comments

  • Physical workout for one day/week?
    by /u/Masque-Obscura-Photo on January 14, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    Hi everyone, I’m practising HEMA two days in the week, (longsword and messer) thursdays and sundays. I’d love to practise more, but unfortunately that’s not an option for me. However, I do have the monday mornings to include a physical workout. There’s a gym close to where I live too.What kind of physical training can you recommend to do on those mondays? When I look around I usually find trainings spread over multiple days, but I only have the one day to augment the two trainings I already do. 🙂 I wouldn’t want to train for the wrong things, so I’d love some input on which excersizes I can do that will help me progress faster/better. submitted by /u/Masque-Obscura-Photo [link] [comments

  • Copyright and the HEMA Community – Part 1: What is copyright and how does it work?
    by /u/Flugelhaw on January 14, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    Copyright is a complicated thing. Members of the HEMA community participate in an activity that is inextricably linked with material that may well be copyrighted in some fashion, and therefore it is helpful to understand what copyright is and how it works, so that we can talk about it intelligently and avoid falling into any awkward legal situations. I am publishing a short series of articles on my website about copyright and the HEMA community, and some of the different things to consider when talking about these matters. submitted by /u/Flugelhaw [link] [comments

  • FIE grade equipment for HEMA
    by /u/booty_tyrant on January 14, 2020 at 5:23 am

    ok so i would like to try HEMA. i have my old modern fencing gear ( 800N jacket, plastron and breeches, 1600N mask, etc.) and I dont really feel like forking out the dough for protective gear especially for HEMA. Would this equipment be safe for beginners sparring? Could i add a few elements (e.g mask cover, some sort of padding under the jacket) and call it a day? Would it make a difference if i only used it for thrust based weapons such as rapiers? I know standards differs for each club and I will ask around but what is your personal opinion? submitted by /u/booty_tyrant [link] [comments

  • I’m going to my first lesson tomorrow.
    by /u/bbtman1 on January 14, 2020 at 4:37 am

    Hello WMA! I’ve been a lurker for some time and I finally decided to bite the blade and sign up for a school here in AZ. My first lesson is tomorrow night and I am wondering, what should I expect and what should I prepare for? Edit: My first class was amazing, the school I went too only teaches KDF (Kunst des Fechtens) but they do bring in people who study different manuals but KDF is their specialty, but the school was incredibly structured there was no BS I was allowed to just hop into the mix as an amateur and practice with a couple more seasoned members of club and they allowed me to take it slow and mess up and everything was explained clearly and honestly and I was able to be included in most of drills that were practiced and helped along the way. After the formal “class” was over I was allowed to watch everyone who was comfortable actually spar and it was amazing. All in all a fantastic introduction to HEMA and I am for sure gonna be going back. submitted by /u/bbtman1 [link] [comments

  • Would like to learn but closest club is 3hrs away
    by /u/CheesytheCheesecurd on January 13, 2020 at 11:48 pm

    I’m going to be living in northwestern Iowa and want to get into hema but the closest clubs are more than 3 hours away. Is there a way I can learn without a club or is there someone in the area who knows something that might be willing to show me the basics? Thanks! submitted by /u/CheesytheCheesecurd [link] [comments

  • Does anyone else appreciate these stickers as much as me?
    by /u/bladedfrogs on January 13, 2020 at 11:17 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

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