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HEMA stands for Historical European Martial Arts and is an activity practiced by thousands across the country and around the world. The HEMA-Cast is a podcast focused on the topics and events important to the HEMA community. By going to events and interviewing members of HEMA, we get to exchange ideas and get to know the HEMA community at large.
 
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Kendra Brown is a swordswoman, researcher, and translator of the Latin version of Fiore’s Il Fior di Battaglia (known as the Florius manuscript). She has an awesome blog at https://darthkendraresearch.wordpress.com/In this wide ranging conversation we discuss the perils and pitfalls of translation, women in combat in medieval times, and even what a…
 
Tony Wolf is an author, lecturer, antiquarian, and has trained in a very wide range of martial arts. In this conversation we discuss everything from Maori martial arts to Professional Wrestling, Victorian combatives to the Lord of the Rings (he designed the fighting styles for the different peoples of Middle Earth).And yes, he answers the question:…
 
Dr. Eleanor Janega (whom Dan Snow refers to as “The most awesome medieval historian in the world”) is a Guest Lecturer at the London School of Economics in their International History department, and she has published many articles, including: “Suspect Women: Prostitution, Reputation, and Gossip in Fourteenth-Century Prague” and “Lies, Damn Lies, a…
 
Today's guest on the show is Robyn Alman, from the Athena School of Arms, in Boston. She is well known on the US tournament circuit, and believes that "anybody can do this and enjoy it and engage in it in the way that is the most meaningful to them." In this episode we talk about how she got started (hint: there was a Sci Fi and Fantasy Con involve…
 
Alina Boyden is a pilot, swordswoman, and the author of Stealing Thunder, a fantasy novel that you really should read (no spoilers! but I really enjoyed it, especially the dragons-as-fighter-planes). We talk about birds of prey, fighter pilot training, Indian swords, Kunst des Fechtens, and even pedal powered flight.…
 
Rigel Ng is the president of the Pan Historical European Martial Arts Society (PHEMAS) in Singapore. In this conversation we cover a lot of ground, from military service to establishing your training goals. The Society was founded in 2005 by Greg Galistan and Chris Blakey, who spent a month training 24/7 in my salle in Helsinki, and I've taught the…
 
My guest this week is Tomas Suazo, a historical fencer and armourer from Chile. I first met Tomas when he came to train with me in Finland in 2014. He did a Grand Tour of European historical fencing clubs, before returning home to run his own. He's a professional maker of protective equipment for HMA, as well as what I think of as "proper armour". …
 
She's an actress, singer, martial artist, stage combat director, among her many skills. We've been friends for quite a while, as you can probably tell from the tone of the interview. She even gets me to talk a bit about shoes! You can find her online here: Instagram: @fighteractressYoutube.com/actorsrwww.SiobhanRichardson.com…
 
I met Roland Warzecha (also known as Dimicator) at the first Swordfish event, in Malmö in 2006, and we have been friends and colleagues ever since. He has built a first-class reputation in the fields of I.33 sword and buckler research and Viking sword and shield combat. He is a graphic designer by profession (he consulted on the card design for Aud…
 
Jennifer Landels is the founder and head of Academie Duello’s Mounted Combat Program which operates out of Cornwall Ridge Farm in Langley BC. She has been swordfighting since 2008, and riding since before she could walk. She started the program as an excuse to combine those passions, and has since been invited to Germany, France, and the USA to spr…
 
One of the great advantages of starting a podcast has been getting to talk to people I've not yet met, but whom my friends speak highly of. I think you'll see why several other guests suggested I talk to Tan when you listen to what she has to say! You can find our conversation here: Tan runs Rogue Fencing, a historical martial arts school in New Yo…
 
In this episode of The Sword Guy, I talk to Kaja Sadowski, author of the must-read Fear is the Mind-Killer, about training with two swords, training in high-stress situations, and lots more training besides! Kaja has been a physical instructor since 2004, teaching figure skating, rock climbing, and mountaineering before coming to martial arts in 20…
 
Airrion Scott is an Italian Rapier and Sabre Fencer and Instructor out of the Mid-Atlantic Society for Historic Swordsmanship in Annapolis, Maryland. Since joining them in 2016, Airrion has judiciously followed the methodology of the club which encourages the martial study of HMA through historically accurate techniques gleaned from the manuals and…
 
Sam -also called Samantha- Swords has been passionate about swordfighting since he was old enough to hold a stick. Strongly inspired by the stories of western warrior culture as a child, he has grown up to build his life around those same values, specialising in historical swordsmanship as well as being a professional craftsperson for the film and …
 
Francesca Lacuata is lead instructor at The School of the Sword’s Godalming chapter, having studied Bolognese swordplay and rapier since 2010. She has a further interest and some experience in renaissance dagger-fighting, Bartitsu and longsword. Fran has instructed at several high-profile events in Britain, Europe and the US; and has placed in and …
 
Jason L Cook – Jason is the instructor for The Exiles New Englad. You can find more information about the Exiles at https://the-exiles.com/, They also have a youtube channel THE EXILES found at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQzbN04ZUlk13rX1SasGk-w/feed Like us on facebook at HEMA-Cast or on twitter @HEMAcast E-mail us at HEMApodcast@gmail.com Li…
 
Jess Finley has had a sword in her had for the past twenty years. Her initial interest was in stage combat, but not too long after beginning that pursuit began to ask "... but how did they really fight" and from that question branched out to German Medieval Martial Arts. She is the head instructor at Ritterkunst Turhalle in Lawrence, Kansas. She ha…
 
Jess Finley – You can find more information about Jess Finley on her instructor page https://www.facebook.com/JessFinleySwords/. The Ritterkunst Turnhalle can be found at http://www.ritterkunst.com/ . You can contact Jess about an intensive through her Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/jessfinley Kimberleigh Roseblade – Kimmie's instructor page ca…
 
Justin Mingo – Has been studying HEMA for ~4 years now and is a part of NYHFA and L'Arte NYC. You can find more information about NYHFA http://www.newyorklongsword.com/. You can find more information about L'Arte NYC at http://ladfencing.com/ or on their facebook page http://facebook.com/LarteNYC McKenzie Ewing – Has been a part of HEMA for ~8 year…
 
Adam Franti – is the instructor for the Lansing Longsword Guild from Lansing Michigan. You can find more information about LLG at their Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/lansinglongsword/ ; Their Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT0CcJsagigMeZTrhM_b-xw/ ; Or via e-mail at lansinglongsword@gmail.com If you'd like to give a listen to th…
 
Short show notes for this episode. I got to interview Youval and Maarten about the ProGauntlet. The ProGauntlet is available for PreSale now. Youval Kupiers And Maarten Kamphuis – the makers of the ProGauntlet. You can find more information and order a presale of the ProGauntlet on their website https://progauntlet.shop/. For our American listeners…
 
Charles Lin – Charles is an instructor with Capital Kunst des Fechtens, https://www.capitalkdf.org. At Longpoint 2019 he taught two classes on Urban Violence in Medieval Germany. http://www.fightlongpoint.com/news/2019/3/18/charles-lin-on-urban-violence-in-medieval-germany Charles also writes a Blog, Practice and Art. And hosts a HEMA Roundtables P…
 
Cheating with my show notes today, just copying the relevant parts of the script for you. ;-) Better show notes next time. Julie Olsen is an instructor with Athena School of Arms. You can find more information about Athena at their website, http://athenaschoolofarms.org/. Athena, as well as Forte, and Boston Armizare put on Iron Gate Exhibition. Re…
 
Connor Kemp-Cowell is the lead instructor for the Philadelphia Common Fencers Guild. You can find more information about the Philly Common Fencers on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/phillycommonfencersguild/ Steve Massaroni is a coach for Boston Armizare. He also had a role helping to run the tournaments at IGX 2018. You can find more i…
 
Experience is all around us and is what makes the community get better and better as the years go on. Today's episode has the voice of two experienced members of the community. Arto Fama is an instructor with Zwaard & Steen. You can find more information about Zwaard & Steen at https://www.zwaard-steen.org/. Arto has also been named to the Nordic D…
 
We're featuring interviews from Swordsquatch 2018 from both ends of the experience spectrum. Cody Schuler is a newer fencer, and Sven Lugar has decades of experience. Erik Von Essen is an instructor and founding member of SwordSquatch. You can find more information about the Lonin League at https://lonin.org/. SwordSquatch is a yearly event put on …
 
We're featuring interviews from Swordsquatch 2018 from both ends of the experience spectrum. Cody Schuler is a newer fencer, and Sven Lugar has decades of experience. Cody Schuler is a member of Kulshan HEAM. You can find Kulshan HEMA online at https://www.kulshanhema.com/. You can keep up with Cody on his instagram at https://www.instagram.com/pgo…
 
We're finishing up Study in Steel 2018 and a one off interview from Give a Girl a Sword, hosted by Men at Arms Martial Arts. Broderick Stocks is a member of Warriors of Ash. You can find Warriors of Ash online at WarriorsofAsh.com. Broderick is still studying and practicing HEMA, and podiumed for the first time at Queen's Gambit with 3rd place in s…
 
We are kicking off season 2 with an episode 0 introducing Connor Dillon who will be helping me to put together, edit down, and prepare new episodes. This is just a nice introductory episode to talk about what we are looking to do with the HEMA-Cast and where we are going to take season 2. We look forward to putting out another episode next week (wi…
 
*THIS IS NOT A HEMA-CAST EPISODE* This is a pilot episode for a potential new Podcast from Firefly Bookstore. Matthew Williams is co-owner of Firefly Bookstore in Kutztown Pennsylvania. He regularly puts on events in Kutztown with local authors, and is a close personal friend of mine. He and I have spoken about doing Community Radio many times in t…
 
The Spirit of HEMA is all about the camaraderie between fighters, the growth in the community, and the go get it done attitude that makes HEMA special. Josh Furrate, Connor Richardson, and Ashanti Ziths exemplify this spirit, without even trying. It was a pleasure to share their stories. Josh Furrate is a member of Ordo Pricinctus out of Baton Roug…
 
Cédric Hauteville sat down with me at IGX 2016 to discuss his Youtube Documentary - Back to the Source. We got a chance to talk about some motivations for putting together the documentary and some difficulties with putting it all together. Cédric is a member of the English Martial Arts Academy which can be found online at http://www.englishmartiala…
 
International competitors Anton Kohutovič, Martin Tibenský, Sergey Kultaev, and Alexander Stankiewics attended IGX 2016 to compete and demonstrate their fencing skill and training, taking the top 3 spots in the IGX open Longsword competition. Anton Kohutovič and Martin Tibenský are from The Fencing Guild of Trnava in Slovakia. The fencing guild of …
 
We wrap up the last of the Longpoint 2016 interviews with the first of the IGX 2016 interviews, and a special interview from MARS this past weekend. Steven Hirsh is the founder and fitness coach of Athena School of Arms from Boston Massachusetts. He was the last of our Longpoint 2016 interviews and we talked about goals in training and running a HE…
 
Longpoint 2016 interviews are almost wrapped up with Logan Black and Ben Jarashow. Logan Black is the blacksmith for Black Horse Blades out of Wisconsin. His work horse feder is making waves in the HEMA community since it came out, and we got to talk about steel and swords. You can find Black Horse Blades online at http://www.blackhorseblades.com/,…
 
Marshall Strong and Zachary Springer from Schola St. George Savannah, join Matt Stinson at the 3rd Team Georgia regional meeting. They talk about the judging culture and training of judges in Georgia. As well as their introductory curriculum in Savannah. Matt Sennet of Maryland Kunst des Fechtens Harford County sat down with me at Longpoint last ye…
 
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