Filming by Daria Izdebska; editing by Keith Farrell. Demonstration and narration by Keith Farrell. Cutting mechanics are an incredibly important element of practice and performance with the longsword. Without sufficiently good cutting mechanics, techniques that manage to hit the opponent will probably not have any effect on the target, and may end up being more […]
I have been looking forward to the publication of Cutting with the Medieval Sword by Michael Edelson, and now that it is finally in print, I bought a copy immediately. It arrived a few days later and I immersed myself in it over the course of an evening. In summary: this is a fantastic book, […]
This article was originally posted on Encased in Steel on 12th February 2016. It has been edited and improved for posting here. This is going to be a short article, presenting an ethical consideration. The previous article in this series discussed the problem of people sparring with antique swords; in this article, the focus will be […]
My philosophy for training and teaching has developed over the last twenty or so years of training and teaching martial arts. I have written about facets of my philosophy here and there over the years, and now I would like to bring it together and attempt to write a draft of what I think my […]
This article was originally posted on Encased in Steel on 18th September 2016. It has been edited and improved for posting here. Although I enjoy my HEMA training as it happens, I make a point of training for the future. A few months ago, I turned 30 years old – in this time, I have […]
Filming by Elisa Zanoli; editing by Federico Malagutti. While attending the Borgosesia Historical Fencing Meeting 2018 in the north of Italy, I enjoyed some sparring with Federico Malagutti in the very beautiful surroundings of a village in the hills. Although it was an exhibition bout for video, we pushed ourselves and challenged ourselves to demonstrate […]
This article was originally posted on Encased in Steel on 28th August 2015. It has been edited and improved for posting here. Every so often, I find a discussion (online and in person, in roughly equal quantities) where people debate the merits and problems of including hands as a valid target area when fencing. Usually […]
I have been using different HEMA gear for several years now, and would like to share my experiences to help people who are looking for HEMA reviews of different pieces of equipment. Most of these items I have bought for myself, to use in my own training, although a few items have been sent to […]
I have taught lessons and workshops at several events across the world, and some of these have been recorded as videos and made available on YouTube. The topics are quite varied, and of course my own interpretations of techniques, skills and concepts are in a constant state of development, but I do hope that these videos will be […]
HEMA is an activity that relies on sources; but what does working with a HEMA source involve? Although it may seem obvious to people who have involved in HEMA for a while, it is not the simplest process, and there are many things to consider at each stage.
Everyone has a different point of view on the future of HEMA tournaments and their role in the development of the community. There are regular posts on Facebook discussing how the tournament scene might develop as the community grows larger. I feel that it is important to look at the tournament scene in the long […]
Since October last year, Matt Easton and Keith Farrell have been working hard to mobilise the UK HEMA community to respond to the government consultation on the proposed Offensive Weapons Bill. Now that the wording of the proposed bill has become available on the government’s website, here are our initial thoughts on specific parts of […]
A common question in the study of broadsword sources is how Scottish is the method of Roworth and Angelo? How much of it is merely labelled as Scottish, but in fact comes from elsewhere? It is quite fascinating to trace the development of this method over the course of the 18th century.
I am often asked how I manage to keep fit while working from home. I am also often asked what I do to train myself to do HEMA better. It is the same answer to both of these questions! Hopefully by sharing my thoughts and approach, it will help other people both to keep themselves […]
This is a guest article by Nial Prince. The subject is one about which Nial has been writing quite often recently, in answer to people’s questions on Facebook. So that the ideas and points of view would be easier to find again in the future, with a permanance that Facebook just cannot provide, I asked […]