HEMA

Historical Martial Arts’ Influence on Scientific Thought

By Ian Terry

Martial systems developed between 1000 AD and 1600 AD are a direct result of Aristotelian thought and helped to make the scientific classification methods into what they are today. This is a bold statement and would only be possible if martial systems- particularly sword combat systems- were important enough to the learned class and general population to create a bridge between the two classes of society. This topic will be explored in order to demonstrate a substantial link for martial systems to have an impact on society as a whole.

Discounts from Bladesmiths

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Why Practice HEMA

There has always been a small pocket of fencers that feel the modern art of sports fencing is simply too controlled, and too far away from a swords’ intended purpose, but for a long time had nowhere else to go. Amazingly, in the last 100 years or so, original fencing treatise have been found in private collections, in WW2 soldier’s bags, and in old monasteries that detail the real, historical way to wield swords and other weapons of European heritage. These incredible discoveries have opened up an entirely new form of fencing styles known as Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA).