Historic European Martial Arts, or HEMA, is a unique growing global martial art focusing on European fighting techniques from the 13th century onwards. As a member of this growing community, we work to decipher and revive the lost arts of Europe’s fencing masters. As a modern martial art, we utilize modern equipment. Despite HEMA’s historical context, we do not wear historical re-enactment garments, nor do we seek to treat our art as historical fantasy.
While we at Ironwood are a sparring-centric group, there are so many aspects of HEMA to enjoy, including research, translation, test cutting, tournament competitions, teaching, coaching, judging, and more!