List of Useful HEMA Websites
The following is a list of news websites, organisations, clubs / schools, social groups, forums, YouTube channels and other types of places that are useful for those studying Historical European martial arts.
This is not a complete list of all the websites which are out there. If you know a site you think should be on this list feel free to contact us and tell us about it.
The most popular resource for detailed information about historical source material and authors.
The Historical Fencer
A news website for HEMA community that also has editorials.
Európai Harcművészetek Iskolája (School of European Martial Arts)
The treatise database for the Európai Harcművészetek Iskolája/
School of European Martial Arts contains facsimile versions of numerous source manuscripts.
Journal of Western Martial Art (JWMA)
An electronic peer-review journal focused specifically on Western martial arts, primarily Historical European traditions.
This is a website that attempts to track the results of competitions that take place within the HEMA community. It is worth noting that because HEMA does not yet have organized leagues for tournaments each event has different rules and judging criteria, so this only gives a rough idea of fencer skill level rankings from the tournament scene.
Measure and Weigh
This site provides reviews on HEMA related equipment such as swords, gauntlets, shin guards, fencing jackets, fencing masks, federschwert and other gear.
An information website with essays approaching historical sword fighting with a modern scientific-based engineering approach.
This is another information website with articles providing useful advice for historical fencers.
Another website providing resources for beginners to HEMA.
An information and resource website that is rarely updated but contains many useful articles related to historical European martial arts.
Discussion site for historical weapon and armour collectors, much of the information geared toward those involved with the HEMA community.
An information website that is rarely updated but has some interesting articles.
This site provides useful fitness tips to the HEMA community.
A mobile app for Fiore treatises.
Acta Periodica Duellatorum (APD)
Publishes scholarly articles contributions pertaining to Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA).
Women of HEMA
News website focusing on female athletes in the historical European martial arts community.
Blade’s Edge Magazine
A periodical published in 2014. The digital magazine is available for reading online.
The British Federation for Historical Swordplay
One of the oldest HEMA organizations founded in 1999.
HEMA Ireland is an independent non-profit representative organisation, the function of which is to support it’s members in the study and development of Historical European Martial Arts on the island of Ireland.
The Chivalric Fighting Arts Association
Formed in 2011
The HEMA Alliance
A non-profit organization that provides insurance to affiliated HEMA clubs.
The International Armizare Society
Historical and chivalric European martial arts confraternal association dedicated to the study, preservation, teaching and transmission of the the Art of Arms (l’arte dell’armizare) of the dei Liberi Tradition.
Association for Historical Fencing (AHF)
An organization created specifically to meet the needs of those who are engaged in the practice, teaching and research of classical and historical fencing.
International Federation for Historical European Martial Arts
An organization formed in 2018 that united several national federations with the intention of becoming an international body representative to the United Nations.
Societas Belgarum Scientiae Nobilis
Belgian HEMA Federation
Historical European Fighting and Fencing Arts Coalition (HEFFAC)
A federation of groups based in Belgium and the Netherlands.
Swiss Federation for Historical European Martial Arts (SFHEMA)
Fédération Française des Arts Martiaux Historiques Européens (FFAMHE)
The French Federation for Historical European Martial Arts website.
Historical Fencing Australia
An organization for promoting HEMA in Australia.
An organization promoting women in Historical European Martial Arts community.
Personal Blog Websites
Blog for founder of Academie Duello fencing club based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Blog for the founder of The School of European Swordsmanship in Helsinki, Finland.
Website blog for HEMA author and translator of many manuscripts.
Michael Chidester Facebook Page
Public page for the Wiktenauer director.
Site for Roland Warzecha’s material related to his reconstruction of Germanic sword and shield fencing.
Book and Sword
Blog for Sean Manning, discussing reconstruction topics.
Blog by Richard Cullinan about Renaissance Italian Fencing.
The School of Battle
Blog for Hugh Knight.
Personal musing on treatises.
I Don’t Do Long Sword: HEMA Misfits
Personal blog of Maxime Chouinard.
Personal blog of Robert Kay.
Specific Weapon Groups
Scholars of Fiore dei Liberi Facebook Group
Sword and Buckler Swordsmanship Facebook Group
Montante Swordsmanship Facebook Group
HEMA Messer Guild Facebook Group
Napoleonic Era Martial Arts (NEMA)
Military and Classical Sabre Facebook Group
George Silver Society Facebook Group
HEMA Pugilists Group
Horsy HEMA Group (mounted combat on horseback)
Buy & Sell Groups
HEMA Marketplace (private owner sales) Facebook Group
HEMA Professional Retail Marketplace Facebook Group
Second hand market for HEMA weapons (blunt weapons only)
HEMA Peer Reviews Facebook Group
Illegal Feders, Bad HEMA Mods, and Sketchy Repairs Facebook Group
General Discussion Groups
Unofficial HEMA Discord Group
HEMA Resources Facebook Group
HEMA Council (International Discussion) Facebook Group
Western Martial Arts subreddit
HEMA Alliance Facebook Group
HEMAC – Historical European Martial Arts Coalition
Practical HEMA Facebook Group
Miscellaneous Topic Groups
HEMA Historical Manuals, Pictures and Objects Facebook Group
Sword Pells & Combat Training Dummy Group
HEMA Hacks: Kit Modifications, Tips & Tricks
Illegal Feders, Bad HEMA Mods, and Sketchy Repairs Facebook Group
HEMA No-Gear Fencing
HEMA Alternative-Facts and Wylde Theory
Channel for a club based in Ealing, West London, Great Britain, founded in 2001 and led by Matt Easton. Regularly updated.
Blood and Iron
Channel for a club based in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada led by Lee and Nicole Smith. Regularly updated.
Channel for a group of martial arts clubs in the UK, Ireland and North America, founded in 1992 with a focus primarily on the works of Fiore Dei Liberi. Regularly updated.
Phoenix Society of Historical Swordsmanship
Channel for a club based in Phoenix, Arizona, USA founded by Richard Marsden. Infrequently updated.
New York Historical Fencing Association
Channel for a club based in New York, New York, USA. Infrequently updated.
Channel for a club based in Poland. Infrequently updated.
Channel for Martin Fabian. Infrequently updated.
Channel for Federico Malagutti. Frequently updated.
Channel for Phil Swift. Infrequently updated.
Assorted videos featuring reviews, skits and lectures. Infrequently updated.
Assorted videos focusing on Roland Warzecha’s work to reconstruct the martial arts of the early medieval period.
Academy of Historical Fencing
YouTube channel for the Academy of Historical Fencing.
YouTube channel for Björn Rüther showcasing German fencing.
Messer Fencing Channel
A channel devoted to messer fencing.
One of the longest running podcasts about Historical European fencing.
English Swordplay Podcast
Fencing by the Book
Into the HEMAverse
The Swords in Stereo
The Sword Guy Podcast
A podcast created by Guy Windsor.
Schwertgeflüster – Der deutsche
A German language podcast about HEMA
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