The great endeavor of historical fencers is to recreate the lost martial arts of Europe. There are some living traditions too, and the hope is to breathe new life into them as well and make sure they are preserved and remain living.
But what defines HEMA and what is it based on? Here are four legs, or pillars, on which HEMA stands. Some of these HEMA has in common with other historically oriented martial arts, others are unique specifically to the recreation of our European martial traditions.
The first leg: Scholarly work
The second leg: training and teaching
The third leg: Competitions
The fourth leg: Culture
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