MEMAG Medieval European Martial Arts Guild

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General Information:

The HEMA Alliance - A service organization for the Historical European Martial Arts community. As an incorporated 501(c)3 educational non-profit, the Alliance functions as a co-op, educator, event organizer, community forum, and more.

Wiktenauer - An autonomous project sponsored by the Historical European Martial Arts Alliance, open for contribution from all researchers and practitioners in the Western martial arts community.

HROARR - A site focusing on different aspects of Historical European Martial Arts. It is meant to serve both as a help to active HEMA practitioners and as a source of inspiration for people that are unfamiliar with this form of Martial Arts.

My Armoury - Dedicated to the collecting and knowledge of hand-to-hand weapons. The site is open to weapons from across the globe though European weapons are mostly discussed. - The world's largest free online sword museum.

2014 New York Times HEMA Video - Longsword enthusiasts are resurrecting ancient sword technique as a modern, organized sport, with timed bouts and complex rules.

Affiliated Schools:

Surveying all they ruleThe New York Historical Fencing Association - One of New Yorks first Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) clubs. They teach the Kunst des Fechtens (arts of fighting) of medieval Germany as described in the various surviving manuscripts of the Liechtenauer tradition.

Maryland KDF - Formed in August of 2009, is a Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) club focusing on the fencing, fitness and general combat of the middle ages.

Capital Kunst des Fechten - Historical European Martial Arts in the National Capital Region. We are a XV-century lonsword-heavy, Liechtenauer-focused club which also trains saber, singlestick, and some later-period material.

The Virginia Academy of Fencing Historical - Headed by Bill Grandy is a Historical European Martial Arts program located in Springfield Virginia.

WORLDWIDE HISTORICAL EUROPEAN MARTIAL ARTS GROUP LOCATER - A world wide locator of HEMA clubs and schools. Sponsored by the HEMA Alliance.


GearAlbion Swords - Hand-made, limited edition museum-quality swords designed by noted Swedish swordsmith, author and researcher Peter Johnsson, these limited edition collectable swords are all painstakingly handmade to exacting design specifications, based on countless hours spent in the detailed study and documentation of original swords.

Arms and Armor - A catalog of weapons of all types and armor suitable for Faires, SCA competitions and similar events.

Purple Heart Armoury - Wooden Sword Wasters and Weaponry. The Leading Waster Manufacturer for WMA since 1999.

Regenyei Armoury, Hungarian maker of Federschwerts. A very popular European manufacture that started to distribute state side over the last few years. His American distributor is Scott Brown:

SPES - SPES Historical Fencing Gear came into being to aid those who are passionate about historical fencing. They have all of the equipment needed to practice in safety.
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Absolute Force Fencing Gear - LET’S GO! We are one of the very few vendors in the world that are offering HEMA gear.

Ensifer - A Polish maker of Federschwerts used in tournaments and with dedicated practitioners all across Europe. United States distributor is Purple Heart Armoury

Ensifer sparring gloves - The sparring gloves are almost entirely handmade and created as a result of thorough analysis of all kinds of possible fighting injuries based on many years of sparring experience in Fechtshule Gdansk. Thus the gloves may serve as perfect protection against wounds likely suffered in the historical fencing art.

Therion Arms - Historical Swords, Weapons, Armor and World Antiques.

Kult of Athena - Kult Of Athena offers a huge selection of swords and other weapons from the ancient bronze age up until the first world war.

M.E.M.A.G. Resources:

Richie is not impressedMeyers diagram of striking and attack to the four openings

Anatomy of the longsword

Vomtag: Variations throughout the fechtbücher

A Brief Survey of the Terminilogy and Taxonomy of Stick Weapons in Historical European Martial Arts by Betsy Winslow - This essay, which was completed by MEMAG's Betsy Winslow, was done at the request of Purpleheart Armoury. It attempts to answer many of the questions that tend to come up from individuals who are interested in training with staff weapons. It includes an analysis of the many names one encounters with stick weapons in HEMA studies, as well as provides an explanatory breakdown and cross comparison of the physical attributes of staves across the fechtbucher.

Other Links:

minstrelsBlind Guardian - Official minstrels of M.E.M.A.G.

Turisas - Backup Minstrels in case Blind Guardian can’t make it.

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