HEMA BOMB SHELL!
One of the foremost researcher-practitioners of Renaissance Martial Arts is supplementing his line of instructional workshops with a new line of combative gear.
It’s MANDATORY as of April 15, 2014—the result of a coup staged by HEMA bigwigs!
We have the inside story!
Posted in fencing, HEMA, Images
Tagged authenic martial arts, axel pettersson, fencing master accreditation, gear, HEMA, historical armed combat, historical fencing, Ken Mondschein, lululemon, Matt Galas, nasdaq:lulu, renaissance martial arts, scott brown, Sydney Anglo, USFCA
We’ve fallen deplorably short on fencing and sword stories. To tide us over, here’s a bit of a scuffle taken from a new title, Fratricide: No Good Deed, by SMT Maxx, which was just published by our mothership, Secret Archives Press… Continue reading
Leafing through the most recent issue of the Smithsonian magazine, tellingly titled 101 Objects that Changed America, you can admire Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers, Bell’s telephone, and the titillating tassels of the Talahassee Tassel Tosser.
(Alright, I made up the last one.)
Unfortunately, no fencer, swordsman, or whatever the appropriate term is that sectarian xiphomachophiliacs apply to their respective niche, made it into the issue.
Are there artifacts whose provenance can be traced to individual celebrities of bladed combat? Luckily, there are a few things in the Amberger Collection that can make up for that shortcoming… and perhaps, with the help of our readers, we can come up with at least a Dirty Dozen…
Posted in 18th Century, 19th Century, Saber, Uncategorized
Tagged 101 Objects, 1796 Light cavalry saber, 1796 Rules, british cavalry, cavalry, Marchant, Rules and Regulations for the cavalry, Saber
Sure, it doesn’t look like much. Sure, there’s not enough of it left to really make sure it was a blade and not a paint scraper. Sure, it could have belonged to a powder monkey…
But I can dream, can’t I?
Same time, same place. Every year in mid-March, the Maryland Arms & Armor Collectors Association puts on a monumental sales show.
Hope I’ll see you there on Saturday!
Maybe Cousin Manderup was “in his spot”. Maybe it was Fermat’s Next-to-Last Theorem proving that 2 + 2 = 5 ? Fact is that a squabble among freshman nerds at the theology professor’s house ended in an ugly injury that made one of the geeks almost as famous for his rhinoplasty as for his scientific discoveries… Continue reading
He lost his horse, his Kindom, and his life, although not necessarily in that order. Richard III’s bones have now been recovered from underneath a parking lot in Leicestershire, England—and identified as belonging to The Bard’s titular protagonist. Even better for scholars of shiny sharp things, the evidence shows that the king, indeed, met an untimely death by his head’s contact with various heavy bladed weapons—just as a Renaissance Burgundian scribe has claimed. Continue reading
The Irish beat each other with shilelaghs, the English drew blood with singlesticks and quarterstaves, the French wielded canne and baton. The Portuguese still play at jogo de pao and the Italians had the bastone. The Germans, however, showed no interest in wooden weapons, at least after the Fechtschul traditions of dussack and assorted staff weapons (most of which with a blade of one kind or another) had disappeared. How come? Continue reading
Posted in 19th Century, fencing, Schläger, Stick Fighting, Weapons
Tagged baston, bastone, cut fencing, georg venturini, hiebfechten, j christoph amberger, la cane, shilelagh, stick fighting, stock fechten
World War II put a temporary dent into the popularity of Asian martial arts in America that “jiu jitsu” had briefly enjoyed in the 1920’s and 1930’s. It wasn’t until the aptly titled “chop sockey” movies out of Hong Kong that Western audiences reconnected with the highly stylized if not artistically choreographed exotics. Until then, the shortest way from Point A to Point B was a straight right to the chops… Continue reading