Historical European Martial Arts

 

One of my main interests is HEMA, Historical European Martial Arts. This is the study and practice of combat sourced from old manuals and texts, originating in various regions of Europe from the 14th right through to the 18th century. This differs from SCA/ACL/M1M/LARP because the techniques come from actual martial sources. My primary study has been of Fiore de'i Liberi unarmed, rondel dagger, and longsword. Fiore was an Italian master whose martial system was recorded in the manuscript Fior di Battaglia, The Flower of Battle.

I maintain two documents for the HEMA community, to help track and compare training weapons and protective gear: Protective Gear - Training Weapons

I run a YouTube channel dedicated to reviewing the HEMA training weapons and protective gear that I can get my hands on: My Channel

I am the Quartermaster for Lonin League, the club I attend in Seattle. I maintain, inventory, replace, and purchase gear for the club. Lonin is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, funding donated by our members goes directly into improving the club equipment and practice space. Our classes and hours are listed on the Lonin Website

I am one of the founders of Swordsquatch, Seattle's HEMA workshop and tournament event. You can check out the Swordsquatch website or our Facebook Page. Swordsquatch 2018 is currently slated for September 7, 8, and 9.

In 2017 I attended the Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire, the first time that Lonin and many other local HEMA clubs gathered to create a demonstration and instruction area to generate interest in the art. In late 14th century period garb, I taught introductory longsword lessons, sparring, cutting tatami with sharps, and generally spread the word about HEMA to faire goers.