GETTING STARTED ON YOUR JOURNEY
Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) covers a lot of different weapon systems, source materials and eras. Because there is so much information involved it can be overwhelming for a beginner to figure out how to start learning. The material you need to learn is scattered around the internet and you generally don’t know what to look for unless you already know it exists. This is one of the biggest hurdles for beginners to overcome.
This website is intended to help beginners locate this information about Historical European martial arts and how to get involved in this hobby. It has been organized to serve as a portal to other websites, video channels, books and equipment vendors, guiding a beginner on their journey into the world of HEMA.
By scrolling down and reading this page you will find all of the information you require to start your adventure.
CHOOSE A WEAPON
Generally a person’s interest in Historical European martial arts begins with a desire to learn how to use a specific type of sword. This page has been designed to make it easier for a new person to quickly figure out the best way for them to find the information they are seeking.
Choose a weapon that you are interested in learning how to use by selecting an option below. This will lead you to learning about what kind of source material is available for this weapon.
The Path Forward
There is much to learn. We’ve written some guides to provide useful information to help you on your journey.
FIND A CLUB
There are many study groups, clubs and schools around the world that provide instruction in Historical European martial arts. We have put together a list to assist newly interested people in locating a club near you.
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