Meet Aaron Pynenberg: How Martial Arts Improve Fitness and Life

Aaron Pynenberg is probably one of the most respected members of the Historical European Martial Arts community (HEMA). His experience is a laundry list of accomplishments: Founder of the Wisconsin Historical Fencing Association (multiple chapters now!) and now a thriving business. Appearances in a number of Hollywood projects including National Geographic’s Medieval Fight Book, the re-release of the movie First Knight, the documenta

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HEMA Training: Have Fun, Train Smart and Fight Well

"So use all your senses and pay close attention to the art, and practice it more for fun and play so it will be ready for you faster for fencing seriously. That is because practice is better than art, your practice may very well be useful without art, but your art is useless without practice" -Codex Dobringer, c1389 I'm sure many others in the historical european martial arts (HEMA) world are familiar with this quote and I have read it many

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How to Survive Your First Historical Sword Fighting Class

Do you remember the first time you attended a historical sword fighting class? Why did you get involved?  What motivated you? Maybe you were jazzed by the historical nature of it? Or was it because it involved swords and was European in origin -- different from other common martial arts? Or, maybe you were by asked by a friend to check it out? It was all of those things for me: The timing was around '07. Back then HEMA wasn't

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Review: Polish Saber Clinic With Richard Marsden

Like many fellow historical fencing people, I have a busy career and family life, so when I choose to participate in a HEMA activity outside of my own training regimen and group, is has to be something special. In this case, when I heard that Richard Marsden of the Pheonix Society of Historical Swordsmanship would be coming to Houston with Kyle (the) Cimmerian to teach a Polish Saber clinic, I was jazzed. Richard is a founding member of his

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HEMA Weapons: Let’s Talk about the Pollaxe

Being a part of a HEMA group means you get to play with cool, historical weapons! We get to learn what they are, their history and how they were used and why. Enter the pollaxe. The pollaxe as a weapon  arose from the need to breach the plate armor of soldiers, men at arms during the 14th and 15th centuries. Generally, its form consisted of a wooden haft some 4–6.5 feet long, mounted with a steel head. Research tells us that man

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