Ask the Sword Guy episode 9-14

On Solo Training, and training with disabilities   Germans v Italians   Rapier dimensions, asymmetry, preparing for freeplay   Knights, katanas (again!), HMB, and a pattern welded longsword   What to do with a Million Dollars, training for Freeplay, et al   On Tournaments and other topics.

16th Century Sporting Crossbow with Cranequin

A film looking at a very late 16th – 17thC sporting or hunting crossbow spanned using an open case cranequin. The bow draws around 550 – 600lbs and has a holly stock with bone and horn detailing. If you are interested in custom work and crossbows look at https://todsworkshop.com If you are interested in budget…

A Wonderful Struggle: The 16th Century Art of Civic Combat, Part 2

The procession arrives at the square. Publicans erects their tents and tap their barrels. Musicians collect into bands, and other performers wander the incoming crowd. Dominating the center of the square is a square fence, large enough to host several pairs of fencers at once. Spectators gather while fencers warm up. The host, known throughout…

Were AXES used as weapons in the ‘Age of Sail’ by Pirates & Sailors?

Boarding axes are featured fairly often in movies and TV set during the Age of Sail, by pirates and sailors. But were these axes really used very often as weapons? Extra videos on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/scholagladiatoria

Medieval Battlefield Sword Fighting Vs Regular HEMA Sparring

In HEMA we primarily focus on sword fighting in regular clothes, but we have to recognise that this mostly applies to civilian duels. Not to say that the skills are not fundamentally related, but armor changes so much about combat.

St. James Armory Montante Review

Initial Impressions This doesn’t feel like a longsword. I’ve handled held a friend’s Arms and Armor montante before, and a Pavel Moc federschwert (insert joke about how big pavel’s standard feders are here), and it felt rather similar to those. It didn’t feel cheap, it didn’t feel under or over constructed, and it rang like…

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Academia Leontes: this is how Byzantines fought

Georgios Georgas is an instructor of historical martial arts in the Academy of historical European Martial Arts “Leontes” – club focused on late Byzantine and post-Byzantine period of history but they also study and practice ancient, medieval, renaissance and modern swordsmanship. “As far I remember myself, I grew up with the epics stories and poems…