Don’t fight the last fight

Bane choking Batman

This is something I’ve been discussing with some of my students recently as I think it’s important to learn from your last fight without attempting to re-enact it or expect similar outcomes against differing opponents. In other words: if you’ve just come back from a tournament or a re-enactment battle of some sort in which you were terribly trounced or …

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True Time (or time of the hand) vs. time of the foot

A depiction of two people duelling with sword and dagger.

Firstly, what is “true time”? As I understand it, the first person to talk about “True Time” was George Silver in his 1599 work The Paradoxes of Defence. He divides timing into the following categories described as “true” or “correct” timings: The time of the hand.The time of the hand and body.The time of the hand body and foot.The time …

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Two’s a Party. Three’s a crowd.

Viking Teams

This is something I initially put together for a friend of mine in the Company of the Rose and the Sword, but I thought I’d share it here. The following are a list of training exercises and games you can play as a unit to strengthen cohesion and tactical thinking. Circle of Honour/Dishonour There are two variations on this. Circle …

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Fighting in a shield wall: HEMA vs. Re-enactment

Viking Re-enactment Group

I’ve been a training officer in the Vikings re-enactment society for about eight years now and I’ve trained with a lot of different groups. Some are new and just finding their feet others have been around since before I was born and have fought in events all over Europe. It’s interesting to see the differences in attitude toward one-on-one fighting …

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Attacking the Weapon

Lightsabers Duelling

When two new members engage each other, you’re bound to get one of two things happen: either they’ll strike at each other, eager to employ what they’ve learned…while completely out of measure or they’ll attack each other’s weapons ignoring openings. The former is great fun to watch. A desperate battle ensues while they swing wildly at each other from other …

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The Company of the Rose and the Sword

Rose and Sword Duelists

I came across their Facebook page entirely by chance. After years of living in rural Italy and after having resigned myself to the fact that all of the HEMA groups in the area were either not all that great or trained at times that were just impractical, and that Melissa (the wife) and I would be training alone. Now don’t …

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