Home practice can make all the difference for advancing HEMA skills. Adding a pell (the thing in the photos with the tire on it) allows me to practice cuts and thrusts in my own time between classes. The downside of a pell is that it takes up a fair amount of space. So, if I… Continue reading My Sword / HEMA Room
A few months ago, my club put in an order with Superior Fencing to build up our loaner gear. I decided to order the training hoodie for myself as a light jacket for synthetic sparring. The product far exceeded my expectations and contains features that they do not advertise on the website for reasons that… Continue reading SF Training Hoodie, a hidden gem for low cost HEMA jackets?
Found this item while browsing Etsy and decided to try it out. Indoor trainers are great for practicing when space is limited or getting in some drills while traveling. This particular trainer is a sidesword, but you could use it for just about any one handed sword given the adjustable weights. The design is simple,… Continue reading Weighted Indoor Sidesword Trainer
Over the past year, I have been working my way through Joachim Meyer’s system. While I started with the longsword, I have been finding new insights in his other weapon systems. I always like to try and use training tools that approximate the source material, so I ordered a Meyer Rapier from Kvetun Armoury. https://kvetun-armoury.com/side-sword/meyers-rapier.html. … Continue reading Kvetun Armoury Meyer Rapier Review
HEMA is not for the faint of heart. We are practicing an art where we try to hit one another with steel bars at full speed while following the advice of people that died hundreds of years ago. Effective safety gear not only extends our ability to practice the art, it also allows our practice… Continue reading My Protective Equipment for HEMA
Low Cost Scottish Targe: Front and Back Fun little project if you want to make your own Scottish Targe for low cost and low effort. If you happen to have an old belt and some fabric (like an old sheet) you can sacrifice to the cause, you can make this for less than $12. If… Continue reading DIY Low Cost Targe for HEMA
Given the pandemic, many people are unable to attend their normal HEMA classes. Space and ceiling height constraints make practicing longsword at home challenging. My ceiling has its fair share of battle wounds from previous home sessions when times were better. My ceilings (and wife) have very much appreciated my investment in the Indoor Longsword… Continue reading Indoor Longsword Trainer VB Style, V1 from Purpleheart Armoury