Welcome to Texas Armizare and our about page
We're here to help you learn historical European martial arts (HEMA).
Are you interested in swords, other weapons and how they were really used by our ancestors?
Are you wondering what it takes to get started, but don't know where to begin?
If you said yes, well, you've come to the right place!
But before we get into the cool stuff, a little bit about us and what we do ...
Texas Armizare practices what is known as Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA), which is a subset of what is referred to more broadly as Western Martial Arts (WMA).
We are dedicated to interpreting, preserving and practicing the armed and unarmed martial arts of Medieval and Renaissance Europe (and a little bit beyond -- what can we say? We like to have fun). These are our main emphases. Our home base is in the U.S.A., Texas.
Our motto is "audatia" (Latin for audacity) but we also have a saying in our club:
Train Smart. Fight Well.
It encapsulates much of our thinking.
Our logo is the war elephant which is present in some period fighting manuals. It stands for fortitude and steadiness - both notable qualities. The crossed swords indicate this is a martial art and involves the study of weaponry.
What is our focus?
The basis of our training revolves around the longsword and we mainly focus on the teaching of Sigmund Ringeck, a 14th- or 15th-century German fencing master.
We also train in sword & buckler, side sword, rapier, dagger, unarmed (ringen), polearms, rifle/bayonet and single stick. The time period these weapons span is approximately from 1300 through 1930s.
We are also building out online resources and to help solo practitioners - like you - who train on their own.
We refer to solo practitioners as Lone Wolves (no relation to the HEMA club that uses that name).
Just know that there are many others just like you all around the world learning on their own as best they can.
You are not alone!
To help you understand us better, here's some more information about us.
We are an affiliate group of the HEMA Alliance. This helps us stay connected to the worldwide HEMA community, network of HEMA clubs and practitioners. We are also insured through them.
We are also a part of the Historical Fencing Affiliates (HFA).
The HFA is based in Wisconsin but comprised of sister clubs all over the world.
So how does this help you?
By joining Texas Armizare, you get the additional benefit of gaining membership to the HFA which means connection with sister group members, a common ranking system (for personal development and measurement of skill), a common charter, events, knowledge sharing about training, fencing and more.
So what do you think?
Sound like something you want to get involved with?