Was HEMA ever a sport? And is it now? We look at some of the particularities of sport, a relatively recent concept.
We often define things by establishing what they’re not. HEMA is no exception. What are the limits of the concept of HEMA?
Let’s look at some sources describing Bowie and Mexican knife fighting.
Was singlestick presented at the 1904 Olympics? Was Teddy Roosevelt an ardent singlestick fighter? Or was it all something else?