This weekend was the 2019 Bladeworks run by the Medieval Combat Group. I was there and had a thoroughly good time, let me tell you about it... The event was held in an old garden centre that had been converted into an indoor archery range, boxing club and tabletop wargaming venue (the latter two available … Continue reading Bladeworks 2019: A Review
There was no post last week as all the things seemed to be happening all at once, work, home and everything else as well. I'm really pleased that there has been a lot of discussion around the subject of my last post. The Irish HEMA scene does seem serious about making tournaments safer, reducing injuries … Continue reading SportyHEMA vs The Art – My take on a divisive issue.
A round up my HEMA life in recent weeks...
Starting to learn a new style, Sidesword.
Spring is the start of the year. Up here, on the margins of Europe, afloat on the choppy North Atlantic January 1st has little meaning in terms of planning and achieving things. I spent the last couple of months this winter wondering if the tin roof of the cabin I live in would get ripped … Continue reading Plans for 2019
What do we want from HEMA and how do we get it?
Dealing with disillusionment. I .take a reflexive look at getting jaded and getting over it
I review Scottish Broadsword and British Singlestick by Keith Farrell
Back in the mood to write about historical fencing in Ireland, the Féile na Gaiscígh offers the perfect opportunity.
Now I have everything I need to learn me some sidesword: a suitable sword, a treatise to work from and adequately puffy leg wear. Here are my initial thoughts.