What is HEMA?

HEMA stands for Historical European Martial Arts. As a whole, the community at large tends to focus on recreating martial arts systems used roughly from the 14th through 18th century across many weapon systems.  Historical manuals are the main source of information and go into varying levels of detail.  These are used as a basis for understanding practices and their applications in the historical context in which they were created.

At Austin Historical Weapons Guild specifically, we treat the the historical sources as a guideline for recreating a martial art. Primarily we study the Lichtenauer tradition, and because of that, we incorporate wrestling into the core of our training and martial curriculum. Dagger and messer are also given a focus as both reinforce the core concepts of our school program as well, of course, as is longsword.

For more information on HEMA, please see the HEMA Alliance.

 

HEMA stands for Historical European Martial Arts. As a whole, the community at large tends to focus on recreating martial arts systems used roughly from the 14th through 18th century across many weapon systems.  Historical manuals are the main source of information and go into varying levels of detail.  These are used as a basis for understanding practices and their applications in the historical context in which they were created.

At Austin Historical Weapons Guild specifically, we treat the the historical sources as a guideline for recreating a martial art. Primarily we study the Lichtenauer tradition, and because of that, we incorporate wrestling into the core of our training and martial curriculum. Dagger and messer are also given a focus as both reinforce the core concepts of our school program as well, of course, as is longsword.

For more information on HEMA, please see the HEMA Alliance.

 

FAQ

Do I need my own equipment?

You sure don't.  The school provides all you need to train including weapons, masks, jackets and anything else.

What should I wear?

Wear athletic clothing that is suited for wide range of motion and comfortable.  Closed toe shoes are required.

What can I expect in the Beginner's Course?

There are six classes that cover the basics of wrestling, singlesword, dagger, and longsword.  Students can expect by the end to feel prepared enough to start up in the general weapons and specialized classes confidently.  Every student is given a wooden training longsword for at home practice.

When am I allowed to spar?

Once you have completed the six week beginner's course, you are welcome to safely participate in open mat time and in house tournaments.

More Questions?  Contact us!

 

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