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Making Your Own Armored Skirt

By esfinges1 | Oct 9, 2016

By Lois Spangler  | Intro If you’re like me, then most HEMA apparel is not made to fit you off the rack. You can custom order garments, which can be risky if you’re on a different continent from the people making your armor and you find you need some adjustments, and is also quite expensive. Your…

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Tea and Swords: The Birth of Irish HEMA

By esfinges1 | Sep 25, 2016

Written by Suzy Cantrell | HEMA in Ireland is quite young, especially when compared with other countries such as the United Kingdom and Sweden. There have been individuals attending various events over the years but it wasn’t really until 2011 when a group of us went over to FightCamp that we decided we really wanted to…

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Bigfoot in Seattle – Beth Hammer talks about Swordsquatch 2016

By esfinges1 | Sep 21, 2016

Tell us a bit about the PNW Gathering for those who are outside the US or may not know about the event. The PNW HEMA Gathering started in 2010 as a small get together in someone’s garage, followed by beer. Since then it has slowly grown as a yearly gathering for the clubs in the…

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Golden Finnish – interview with Sara Vertanen

By esfinges1 | Aug 28, 2016

Written by Claudia Krause | Sara Vertanen, 21 year old longsword champion from Finland, has been more than successful in the last 12 months. In 2015 she won the women’s longsword competition at Swordfish, our unofficial World Championship. This year she became Nordic Historical Fencing League Champion of the women’s longsword division, with a very clear…

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NHFL men’s and women’s divisions in 2016

By esfinges1 | Aug 22, 2016

Originally published 1 November 2015 By Fran Terminiello | The Nordic Historical Fencing League will have mens and women’s longsword divisions in 2016, says Kristine Konsmo, senior NHFL committee member and familiar face in the International HEMA tournament scene. Kristine has been a part of competitive HEMA for some years now, famous for winning the open…

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Strength in numbers

By esfinges1 | Aug 22, 2016

Originally published 31 Oct 2015 By Fran Terminiello |   It’s been an interesting ten days: Marty McFly finally jumped on the hoverboard after 30 years. Back to the Source has amassed over 400K views in five days – showcasing the breadth and depth offered to those that enter the HEMAverse. Swordfish, the HEMA world championships in all but name, has swelled by another…

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The art of never being good at HEMA

By esfinges1 | Aug 22, 2016

Originally published 16 October 2015 By Mariana Lopez | Hello, my name is Mariana, the internet knows me as “Perica” and I suck at fencing. I have a very nice club, I’ve been able to take seminars with many great instructors, I’ve been able to fence them and I’ve been able to travel, know and…

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I am a Woman, I am a Fencer.

By esfinges1 | Aug 22, 2016

Originally published 13 May 2015 The views contained in this article are those of the author. By: Rebecca Glass Note: This blog is a copy from the original text publish an written by Rebecca Glass. Esfinges got her direct permission to re-publish her work on this blog.   Original Text:  http://hemaphilia.tumblr.com/post/118841710732/i-am-a-woman-i-am-a-fencer   I am a Woman, I am…

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ESFINGES conduct policy

By esfinges1 | Aug 22, 2016

Originally posted 25 March 2015 The following document is an official Esfinges Organizatión publication.  We want Esfinges to be a positive experience for all of our members. With that in mind, we have been discussing a conduct policy, but as this is not a one-way street, we would like to warmly invite your comments and input,…

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Ladylike Behaviour: Portraying and performing ‘womanness’ in HEMA

By esfinges1 | Aug 22, 2016

Original article 28 Feb 2015 (Note: This article was originally written as a paper for an anthropology class called ‘Pleasure, Power and Gender in Sport’. The original article can be found here.) By Linde Simpson ‘I don’t emphasize it [being a woman] at all. I take a perverse amount of pleasure surprising people when I…

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