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A Blog Dedicated to HEMA.

“On a lonely sword leaned he, Like Arthur on Excalibur In the battle by the sea .”

G. K. Chesterton in The Ballad of the White Horse (1911)

What is HEMA?

HEMA stands for Historical European Martial Arts. While mostly self-explanatory, HEMA encompasses the study and application of martial practices of or relating to European cultures.

Featured articles:

Of theUse of the Foil

The foil is a much misunderstood weapon. From the point of view of many historical fencers it is much maligned, and even from modern fencers it is misunderstood due to the rules which are associated with it.

En Garde!

The Dussack

The dussack was considered by Meyer to be the fundamental weapon which bridged the gap between longsword and other single handed sword varieties.

En Garde!

Move Slow, Learn Fast

The meme of moving slow and learning fast is one which has been around for ages. For the most part it is a principle which I like and can easily relate to, however I will be presenting this idea from a slightly different point of view as my main focus will be fencing.

EN Garde!

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Newest Posts

Psychology of Fencing: Things to Consider

Greetings, There are many psychological factors which have a great influence on your fencing. These

Reading the Opponent

Greetings, Everybody has been in this situation before… You are called up for your bout,

Proper Fitting Armour

Purpose             The purpose of this article is to address the question of the proper

Accuracy is the Best Weapon

Greetings, The following discussion is about accuracy and the assertion that “accuracy is the best

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