also know as
Hema Martial Arts
Medieval combat is also known as Hema Martial Arts in many parts of the US. It is the fore-runner of modern fencing. It has it's own system of blade work but includes much of the mental game, so intriguing about fencing. This form of fighting is how Knights of the feudal period fought. The sport uses mainly two handed long swords but one handed long swords, "sword and buckler" and "sword and dagger" are also taught. Nylon weapon are mainly used with fencing gear and forearm guards. When bouting, members may use their own steel swords. There are competitions around the country that members attend and may be seen on Youtube. Our classes have both men and women but is limited in age to sixteen and above. Click on this link for our schedule or here to register. Below are some photos of longsword fighting.
The New York Times web site ran a feature on Medieval Combat. It is now on Youtube. You may see it at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zueF4Mu2uM