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Extracts and materials from our books

Sample: The HEMA Heresy – Robin Catling

Image: The HEMA Heresy. Phot: Valerie Widowson[From the forthcoming publication The HEMA Heresy: Reconstructing Historical European Martial Arts]

Almost all our our study of Historical European Martial Arts is based on original period manuscripts written by fencing masters of the time. But practical issues in reconstructing the techniques does raises suspicion about some of the content… …

Foreword, Sports Fencing: An Introduction – Robin Catling

Image: Sports Fencing Introduction coverFrom Pirates of the Caribbean, to Star Wars and even Transformers, it seems every other movie poster features a character with a sword; there’s been a slew of TV and online ads featuring Olympic fencers in action, while TV shows such as Arrow and The Musketeers keep the skill and the romance of the sword alive. It’s no wonder even the smallest children want to give it a try. …

Introduction: The Art of Foil Fencing – Roy Stocks

Image: FoilistModern fencing has evolved through the centuries from a clumsy, often brutally bloodthirsty form of combat. The heavy weapons were used to bludgeon the opponent as much to hack and stab. From its earliest refinements, fencing masters have strived to apply the science of movement and technique to weapons largely made redundant with the discovery of another weapon of war, gunpowder. …