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Serviceable Sword Press: News for June 2016

Posted on by Major Wes

If one were to ask for a point of commonality between the mountains of the sub-arctic, the arid Highveld, the temperate lowlands of the Vistula, and the oceanic vista of the southern Meseta, HEMA would probably not be the first word that comes to mind. But thanks to the advantages of being a swordsperson in the 21st century, we benefit…

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Pigeonholed Sword Press: News for February 2016

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[caption id="attachment_16374" align="alignright" width="300"] Bob Brooks -- President of the British Federation of Historical Swordplay[/caption] Let’s see now; what is "proper" historical swordplay? There are many definitions: Swordplay as it is strictly interpreted from a specific fightbook. The swordplay (tempered with safety concerns) employed by the SCA in their efforts to accurately recreate an overall (family-friendly) "feel" of being in the Medieval or Renaissance…

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Imminent ‘Schwertkampf’ Sword Press

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The requirements of service may have your paperboy posted near immediately into Stuttgart until the New Year, so We thought that we’d take a look in at what’s going on over there with swordplay, WMA/HEMA and related events.   Full Metal Impact … in two directions! BADISCHE ZEITUNG (Freiburg, Germany) 05 July 14  So wie die alten Rittersleut’ Full contact,…

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Safety Centric Sword Press

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It’s 28°C/83°C in your nations capital as We type … and somewhere nearby we have peers dressed in full armour, demonstrating what we do to an appreciative Canada Day audience.  Honking huge falchions and arming swords, heavy shields, hot and heavy helmets protecting eyes full of dripping sweat, slippery gauntlets dripping with the same … adrenalin, exertion and grappling on…

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Easter Hunt Sword Press

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We seem to have a large number of peers engaged in some Easter-season hunt – be it for a new skill, a new experience, an old blade or even a national ranking!  If ever you wondered if HEMA/WMA was just this seasons’ ‘flash in the pan’, We think that this weeks’ offering should demonstrate that the interest in our art-form…

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Never Fully Resolved Sword Press

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We’re always fascinated by the variety and complexity of the different styles and techniques of historical swordplay that are being rediscovered and explored by our HEMA/WEMA peers. But a part too long neglected, is what happens when two historically-compatable but regionally separate styles meet? Let’s take the year 1550 as an example …  An elder soldier deep into his cups…

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Leaning into High Tech Sword Press

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As a community We try to remain as true to form in recreating ‘authentic’ swordplay as our understanding of medieval and renaissance fight-books will allow us. Modern technology has resulted in us being able to have access to functional (and affordable) armour and weaponry that allows us to practice techniques with the same ‘heft, feel and encumbrance’ that our European…

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Catch Up Sword News

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We’ll not apologize for our absence last week, preoccupied as We were in the home salle in Vancouver. It’s only when you hesitate while moving into what you ‘think’ is a guard - after you’ve been away for a half year -, that you recognize that ‘muscle memory’ isn’t going to cut it (no pun intended). Our thanks to all…

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One Shot Sword Press

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One of the advantages of our art is that we get to ‘stand up again’ after a mistake … or after meeting a better fighter.  Yes, one does improve in fitness, reactive muscle memory, swordplay technique and ‘tactical thinking’ as one ‘spars’, practices and drills … but we must never lose sight that in medieval and renaissance times, HEMA/WMA were…

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Technological ‘and’ Accessible Sword Press

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Within the WMA/HEMA community, we pride ourselves on the ‘authenticity’ of our studies.  We use translations of a variety of medieval/renaissance fight books, using the words and pictures of yore to guide our learning.  Our peers with metal working and leather skills work diligently to recreate the look and feel of arms and armour of select historical times.  That said,…

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