Girata in Rapier and Dagger

A short video lesson on the girata, or evasion Girata is an Italian term for stepping off line to the sword side. It is commonly used as a reaction to a straight line attack. It can be difficult to execute as, in rapier and dagger, the body is held a little more square than in single rapier; this technique requires the …

Alte Herren

Alte Herren, a new video blog starring the elder statesmen of HEMA, Rob Runacres and Hans Jörnlind. Alte Herren is for all things HEMA and blade based martial arts, with discussions, interviews and vlogs from all the events they got to. It’s a bit rough and ready, but we think you’ll enjoy it. The first video is a review of …

Swordfish 2015 Video Blog

This was my fourth year at Swordfish; my third as Tournament Manager. Over the last six months, I’ve been helping to organise this premier historical European martial art (HEMA) event: designing the schedule, drawing up the pools for the tournaments,  and coordinating referees and judging staff. Over the weekend, I ran the Swordfish tournaments (including a special invitational Sword and …