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I’m going to make a prediction about the future of HEMA in Australia. I’m willing to put money on it.
Within three years, we will see a national umbrella organisation founded specifically for the purpose of running a high-level national HEMA competition. It exists solely to run the tournament and dictates the rules, weapons, protection and other entry requirements competitors must meet. The organisation will not train competitors itself but allow entry to any competitor suitably qualified under its strictures. However, it may accredit other schools and groups as providing a training program appropriate for the national competition. The organisation […]
André des Bordes (1582? - 1625) should be recognised by posterity as the fencing master to two dukes of Lorraine, Charles III and Henri II. However, he has gone down in history as the victim of dynastic in-fighting in the province and remains the only fencing teacher known to have been executed as a witch.
La Canne Royale, my translation into English of two French cane training manuals, has hit the virtual bookshelves and is available for purchase. If you are interested in the history of stick fighting or the early development of modern physical education, this is the book for you.
Check out the book’s page on the LongEdge Press website to find which online bookstores are carrying La Canne Royale.
Here’s the blurb from the back of the book to whet your appetite.
La Canne holds a unique position in the development of
This post marks the end of my investigations into A Tract on the Single Sword of Henri de Sainct Didier (1573), another member of Club 1570. I’m presenting here my notes on his sidesword technique (PDF) for public appraisal. Any and all feedback is gratefully appreciated.
- Summary of Henri de Sainct Didier’s Sidesword Lessons (PDF)
My initial thoughts were pretty much correct. The text is a series of lesson plans rather than a coherent sword combat system. Sainct Didier is all about training young courtiers rather than warriors.
There’s little in the way of description of the stages of […]