Questions tagged [historic-european]

Historical European martial arts (HEMA) refers to martial arts of European origin, particularly using arts formerly practiced, but having since died out or evolved into very different forms. Usually associated with fencing and swordsmanship, but also covers other armed and unarmed combat.

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Where can I learn about HEMA shields?

I've spent a some time searching for a manuscript that covers things like fighting with large shields like kite, heaters, tower, etc., but I can't find anything. Where can I learn about HEMA shields?
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Why do federschwerten have a schilt, when longswords don't?

The federschwert, often called a feder is the training weapon for the longsword - in the same way that the foil is the training weapon for the smallsword. The feder has a small, wide section of blade ...
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Is “Jogo do Pau” the only historic European martial art kept alive until today?

Recently I was at a "Jogo do Pau" demonstration, and during the introduction it was said to be the only historic European martial art that kept being practiced until the present day. It was at risk ...
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Is “Jogo do Pau” (stickfighting) derived from longsword fighting?

"Jogo do Pau" is an ancient Portuguese martial art which uses long staffs and originates from villages in the northern mountains. An example can be seen in this video. It shows one vs one, one vs two,...
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When to bind in european sword & buckler?

I am just starting out some sword and buckler courses. It has been emphasised, that the bind lets you sense the opponent's attacks and protect against them. Consequently, I have been advised to "bind ...
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Defending legs with a sword

When defending your legs while using a two-handed sword (longsword, zweihander, etc), what are the advantages and disadvantages between blocking low vs voiding your legs and counter-attacking? (...
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Why are outside parries not used in rapier fencing?

In sport fencing, two of the most common parries are parry four, a middle line parry to the inside, and parry six, a middle line parry to the outside. Last night, I went to a rapier class and the only ...
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Starting off in HEMA without joining a club

I'm looking to learn longsword and sword and buckler, but unfortunately there are no clubs near me. My partner trained sabre when he was younger, but recalls none of the details, so at best I have a ...
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Gloves for longsword sparring

In my club, most of the people use Red Dragon gloves for sparring with steel longsword. According to the company's own description, these gloves are not designed for that purpose, even though it looks ...
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Choice of a sword for HEMA

Recently I joined a HEMA club and I was told that I should get my own equipment. I can take my time; some people spend more than a year getting fully equipped. But there are times when there are not ...
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Buying My First Metal Sword (HEMA)

I am a HEMA practitioner (hema-ist?), who has been training with a plastic hand-and-a-half sword from Cold Steel. While it appears to be the correct weight and roughly the correct size of an actual ...
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HEMA Wrestling Guide

I've been learning Italian Longsword, a style of HEMA (Historic European Martial Arts) for several months now, heavily using The Swordsman's Companion as a teacher and guide. It has been superb ...
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Starting my own HEMA club, any advice?

I was looking into practising HEMA(Historical European Martial Arts) for many years, but when I had the money, I didn't have the time or vice versa. Now I have finally found (let's hope) a stable job ...
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Alexandre Dumas' Three Musketeers: 17th century French Rapier

In "Les Trois Mousquetaires", we have a lot of sword fights. We have a dozen different people who are described as really good sword fighters. What sword schools were active during the 17th century ...