An article about HEMA Tournaments

There’s always a big discussion about tournament rulesets and how they best represent an engagement within Historical European Martial Arts. Each tournament systems and its merits and promotes certain types of behaviour, but with every benefit is always a detriment. A system that has right of way will always be abused by over-assertive fencers with…

Fitness and how to be fit

Fitness is the big question. Ask most people in the Anglo-American world and they’ll say fitness is one of their main concerns in life. I think, contrary to popular belief, fitness can be fun without being a struggle (something people synonymously associate with it); I’m going to use Martial Arts to prove this point. I’m…

“The Treasure that combines all things”: The 1470 Mamluk Treatise and the History of Furusiyya Literature

The surge of interest in North African and Mamluk Historical Martial Arts has grown considerably, especially with the translation of the 1470 treatise by an anonymous author. It’s difficult to ascertain who exactly this person was but by understanding the historical context surrounding the construction of the treatise, we are able to get an understanding…