Just over 2 years ago, I went to my first tournament. It wasn’t anything too stressful or confusing for me – I had trained HEMA for 8 years by that point and I felt confident enough in my fencing. After … Continue reading First tournament? Train, prepare, learn.
As most of you know, just over a week ago I had the opportunity to fence and judge at a special event – HEMA in the European Games 2019 in Minsk, Belarus. As I prefer to do, I waited for … Continue reading What happened at Minsk 2019 (Full Report)
And the time has come for the big games this year… The HEMA Minsk invitational gala tournament, part of the cultural programme of the European Games of 2019 in Belarus. Quite a mouthful, isn’t it? But aside from being a … Continue reading This week playing at… Minsk European Games
While there is practically no information on how late medieval fencers practiced, sparred and competed amongst each other (aside from the fact they certainly did all of it), from the 1500s and onwards, better record keeping and a wider fencing … Continue reading Why historical rulesets are not what we need
Are 450 USD too much for the Duke Nukem Forever of HEMA gloves? Maybe so, maybe not, but this is the price of the Pro Gauntlet, as can be seen on the website of American supplier Purpleheart Armory. Sadly, as … Continue reading Is Pro Gauntlet’s price out? Not quite
Those are the words used to describe historical fencing by the deputy director of the Directorate of the 2nd European Games, Anatol Katou, on the website of said European games here. Yes, this is an article about the HEMA Minsk … Continue reading “This is more than a sport. This is a cultural and scientific study.”
I am a big fan of firsts. First sword, first tourney, first time washing a jacket… okay, well, the last one is not exactly pleasant. But a first international event – that is something I really love. My stepfather had … Continue reading This week playing at… Hematolia Istanbul
Yet again, the HEMA community had a Nazi panic attack this week. A topic from a white supremacy forum revealed that plenty of its denizens have an interest in our hobby; some practice it, others maybe even teach it. That … Continue reading Are Nazis invading HEMA? Not really
Two long-awaited HEMA glove projects woke up from a short slumber. While waiting for ProGauntlets has become a running gag in the community, lately they have become active enough that plenty of people see it coming soon. And while people … Continue reading Are new fingered gloves coming?