Scholastic Musings

Let’s be Honest About HEMA… A Response to Shadiversity

Let’s be Honest About HEMA… A Response to Shadiversity

This blog post is a response to Shad (of Shadiversity youtube channel fame), and is recent videos about “gatekeeping” in HEMA – it is a collection of somewhat rambling thoughts, originally intended for just a comment on his youtube channel, but ending up much longer. By way of background, I have met Shad a coupleRead more about Let’s be Honest About HEMA… A Response to Shadiversity[…]

Sidesword: Sequence of 3 Thrusts

Sidesword: Sequence of 3 Thrusts

n this video we look at section 2.96v.1 from Meyer’s 1570 text, which discusses the use of a sequence of three thrusts, one after another. This is an interesting sequence which teaches some great lessons in winding and hanging, as well having elements which are really effective for day-to-day fencing.

From Equestrian to Pedestrian: Collection & Extension for Fencing on Foot

From Equestrian to Pedestrian: Collection & Extension for Fencing on Foot

Abstract (aka TL;DR) Much of early fencing is assumes an accompanying knowledge of mounted combat and general equitation. It may be that there are implicit equestrian ideas taken for granted by fencers of the time which may prove useful in thinking about fencing today. In this post we explore Collected and Extended gaits in riding,Read more about From Equestrian to Pedestrian: Collection & Extension for Fencing on Foot[…]

Decision Graphs: When You Can’t See the Forest for the Trees

Decision Graphs: When You Can’t See the Forest for the Trees

Decision trees are sometimes derided by practitioners of historical fencing; after all the chaos of a fencing match rarely allows the luxury of time for complex decision making, and even a relatively simple decision tree can have multiple recursive branches and layers.  As a result even a relatively sedate exchange gives precious little opportunity theRead more about Decision Graphs: When You Can’t See the Forest for the Trees[…]