The Medieval European Martial Arts Guild was officially founded in March of 2006 by Cory Winslow, John Bax, and Joshua Reptsik. It was the aim of all involved to create a fellowship of dedicated researchers, practitioners and instructors of Historical European Martial Arts who would aid each other in their endeavors and help resurrect these lost arts. Later, Robert Koulakjian, Chuck Wyatt, and Betsy Taylor joined the ranks of MEMAG instructors, adding new insight and observations to MEMAG’s interpretations. Together it is our goal to educate our students and the public as much as possible about HEMA, as well as train our students to be efficient and historically accurate Martial Artists that Master Liechtenauer himself would have been proud of.
The MEMAG is an organization consisting of three historical fencing clubs that instruct students in the fighting system developed by the 14th century German fencing Grandmaster, Johannes Liechtenauer. We aim to positively affect society by sharing intellectual knowledge, physical exercise and spiritual wisdom with the public through Martial Arts training and demonstrations. Primary training is based on the use of the longsword, but classes are available in the use of a whole range of Medieval and Renaissance weapons. Equipment is provided for students for the first several months of training.
There have been many practitioners and researchers whose work, lessons, and friendship have been instrumental to our Guild. We’d like to thank Christian Henry Tobler, Joerg Bellinghausen, Hans Heim, Thomas Stoeppler, Steve Hick, Matt Galas, Larry Tom, Bill Grandy, Greg Mele, Dr. Jeffrey Forgeng, Brian R. Price, Michael Edelson, Pete Kautz, Jesse Kulla, Ilkka Hartikainen, Jake Norwood and Colin Hatcher for aiding us with our studies and training, and helping to restore HEMA in the modern world. We’d also like to thank all other clubs, practitioners and researchers around the world for all of their hard work and dedication.