Some exclusive technical views on Bartitsu’s famous stick fighter Pierre Vigny as well as his surprising link with the Olympics.
Tag: Historical European Martial Arts
The strange case of the “wooden sword conspirators”
In 1832 London, a group of recreational fencers got arrested for conspiring to overthrow the government.
Marey Sabre uncovered : Marey-Monge’s forgotten yet influential sword designs
Identifying the first known example of a sabre designed by Marey-Monge.
The sticks of Joinville : What is French Baton?
All about the French art of the Bâton, or as some call it “Grand Bâton” or “Great Stick”.
What is Irish stick fighting?
All about the art of Irish stick fighting or Bataireacht.
“A Subject for the Morgue” : Umbrella defense in Philadelphia
A method of umbrella defense as taught in Philadelphia in 1908.
The first HEMA tournament
When and where was the first HEMA tournament held?
Is HEMA a sport?
Was HEMA ever a sport? And is it now? We look at some of the particularities of sport, a relatively recent concept.
What isn’t HEMA?
We often define things by establishing what they’re not. HEMA is no exception. What are the limits of the concept of HEMA?
Divers foul tricks and stratagems: Mexican and Bowie knife fighting
Let’s look at some sources describing Bowie and Mexican knife fighting.