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HEMA Events In 2015

by Meg Floyd 

Below is as accurate and complete a list of HEMA events this year I could cobble together, between Facebook and posts floating around on Tumblr. It is by no means necessarily comprehensive of ALL events happening in the world this year. If you do not see your event listed here, please email me so I can add it! 


Kron LA HEMA Block Party – California

Helsinki Longsword Open – Finland
Encuentro de Artes Marciales Europeas – Mexico


Dreynevent – Vienna, Austria


SWASH – Leeds UK
Purpleheart Open – Texas
Historical Mixed Martial Arts Torneo del NordOvest – Italy
Bunny Bash – Belgium
Brass Frog – Connecticut
Shortpoint 2015 – Baltimore
Florentia 2015 – Italy

Vancouver Int’l Swordplay Symposium

Int’l Saber Symposium – Germany 

Vasaslaget – Sweden

Meyerstag – Slovenia


International Meeting FISAS – Italy
Bratislava Fecht – Slovakia
Copenhagen Open Longsword – Denmark
Study In Steel – South Carolina

Nord Fecht – Poland

American Smallsword Symposium – Maryland


HEMAC – Dijon, France
Krieges-Schule – Colorado & Florida (Postponed until 2016) 
Feder SKUNKS – Poland
Örebro Open – Sweden
Meyer Convivium – Italy
Ladies’ Weekend – Austria

Fechtschule New York – New York


Paris HEMA Open
Schwertkampfturnier ‘Sword of Vienna’ – Austria
London HEMA Open (postponed until 2016) – UK
CombatCon – Las Vegas


Barcelona Historical Fencing Meeting – Spain
Longpoint – Maryland
Donnerschlag – Germany
Edgebana 2015 – Scotland


FightCamp UK
Pacific Northwest HEMA Gathering – Seattle
Torre de Hércules – Spain
Bergen Open (cancelled) – Norway
World Wide Open Longsword and Rapier Championships – Hannover, Germany
Bellum Nobile – Düsseldorf, Germany
Rossfechten Symposium – Switzerland
Fechtwoche auf Burg Reichenstein 2015 – Austria
Fechtschule Frisbee – New Hampshire


International Lowlands HEMA Gathering – Netherlands
Western Martial Arts Workshop – Chicago
Sword Island – Spain
Fechtfest (cancelled) – Germany
Taurhemachia – Italy
Trainerlehrgang Langes Schwert 2015 – Austria

HEMA Celje


SoCal Swordfight – California (Maybe? Not positive on this one.)
Encuentro Internacional AEEA – Spain
Historical European Fighting & Fencing Arts Coalition – Netherlands
Iron Gate Exhibition – Boston

W3 Warsaw – Poland

Smallsword Symposium – UK 


Swordfish – Gothenburg, Sweden
Feder SMDF – Poland
Malta Historical Fencing Association International Meeting



Further resources:

HEMA Events Map International

Sources: http://mindhost.tumblr.com/post/95176785497/hema-international-event-calendar

* My personal FB events page.

Edits: I’ve added a few more, W3 Warsaw in Poland, Vasaslaget in Sweden, VISS, ISS, American Smallsword Symposium, and Smallsword Symposium. I’ve also added Feile na Gaiscigh in Ireland.


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Schwertkampf Livestream this weekend!

by Meg Floyd


Check out the Schwertkampf 2014 Livestream brought to us by Forte Productions this weekend on Sunday, 27 July at 15:30 CDT (Mexico City) – 4:30 PM EST (New York, NY) – 22:30 CEST (Stockholm, SWE). 

Not sure of your timezone? Use the Timezone calculator to confirm what time the livestream is where you live.

Want company? Check out the Schwertkampf Livestream Viewing Party on Facebook.

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Help new Mexican HEMA club Kanan Academy stay open!

by Meg Floyd

A new HEMA club in Mexico is reaching out to the community to keep its doors open. Mariana Lopez, founder of Kanan Academy (as well as being the founder of Esfinges and contributing artist to the HEMA Heroes trading cards) writes:

“Kanan Academy, a new HEMA club just opened in Mexico, is reaching out to the community for help to keep its doors open long enough to recruit enough students to sustain the expenses incurred by their training space. Club founder Mariana Lopez (founder of Esfinges and contributing artist to HEMA Heroes trading cards) writes:

Kanan Academy is a club dedicated to practicing HEMA in León, Guanajuato, México. We work with different manuals, but mainly Fiore, Talhoffer and Mair. We work with different weapons, but primarily focus on Ringen, Dagger, Longsword, Quarterstaff and Sickle.  We currently have two main instructors with their own specialties, with a third instructor in training, with the idea that each instructor focus on teaching certain weapons. In addition to the main weapons we teach, we also engage in study groups for weapons that we don’t currently teach or that we are interested in adding to our curriculum.

In addition to our regular training, our club is also involved in the larger HEMA scene in Mexico, and takes an active role in growing the Mexican HEMA community: we help to organize international seminars like this past year’s Schwertkampf (together with Elite Fencing Club), we participate in the organization of the Antique Fencing National Tournament (TNEA in Spanish) in addition to many other events, seminars, and projects to  promote and improve HEMA nationally  in Mexico.

Kanan Academy was a project born from the ashes of another HEMA-related club. That club and the five years we spent training with it taught us what a HEMA club should aspire to be. When that project approached the limits of its potential to grow and evolve, we began the search and work necessary to create a new HEMA club, Kanan Academy.  We are determined that one day, with enough passion and hard work, to be a competitively acknowledged club which creates committed martial artists and great quality fighters.
In most counties, it is a struggle to promote awareness and growth for HEMA out of the current niche pursuit that it is, and even more so in Mexico where HEMA is not yet as deeply established as it is in other countries. After a full year of us searching and not a single positive response, we finally found a wonderful MMA hall willing to give us a space to train, opening their space on a day they didn’t train, and allowing us use of equipment in addition to the facilities.

We have been training at this fantastic location for a little over a month, but unfortunately we are in danger of losing the ability to use the space.  In order keep using this wonderful location, we need a minimum of income from our students, but have not yet had the time to develop our student base to the point where it can support it, due to the fledgling nature of our club.

We do not want to lose our wonderful new space, because that would likely mean the death of our club, due to the unavailability of alternative training spaces.

So, what do we want from you? We need to get our club established, and in order to do that we need to be able to promote our club to the point where it can become self sustaining, but without a space to train that will be impossible! In order to keep our space, we need a minimum income of 120 USD per month.  We strongly believe 6 months are more than enough to get our club running smoothly, so we have made our fundraising goal 720 USD.  Having this money would allow us to put all our focus and expenses into promoting and creating interest in our club, to get it to the point of being completely self-sustained, so our club can start contributing back to the HEMA community.”

With a modest funding goal of just $720.00, let’s do what we can to keep Kanan Academy’s door open. Click here to donate to the Indiegogo campaign.  


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HEMA Heats Up In Mexico: Results are in for Encuentro, Schwertkampf 2013 Announced!


Hosted this past weekend in Toluca, Mexico by Krigerskole and Union de Artes Marciales Europeas (UAME), the results are in for the tournaments held this year for Encuento de Artes Marciales Europeas 2013:

1st Place – Lee Smit (Blood & Iron Martial Arts)
2nd Place – Roberto Martinez-Loyo (EFC)
3rd Place – Edurdo de la Rosa (Maza de Plata)

1st Place – JG Agustín Ortega Téllez (EFC)
2nd Place – Christopher Nava (EFC)
3rd Place – Arturo Camargo (Krigerskole)

Nylon Longsword
1st Place – Christopher Nava (EFC)
2nd Place – Pablo Barrera (Maza de Plata)
3rd Place – Eduardo de la Rosa (Maza de Plata)

Steel Longsword
1st Place – Arturo Medina (EFC)
2nd Place – Arturo Camargo (Krigerskole)
3rd Place – Steaphen Fick (Davenriche European Martial Arts)

This year’s event was sponsored by Absolute Force, Albion Swords Ltd., Fechtschule America, and Mblades. Asked what his favorite part of the event this year was, attendee Omar Rodriguez said, “The Albion invitational steel tournament… [because there were] lots of great fights, lots of technique shown by all the fighters.”


Additionally, an exciting event was just announced to be held later this year. Schwertkampf 2013 will be held in Mexico City on August 2-4, 2013, hosted by a collaboration of the Elite Fencing Club and Akademia Kanan (AK). Workshops will be offered in several weapons from national and international instructors, as well as tournaments. Discounted registration is currently open for $85, and will remain discounted until July 1st, at which time the price of registration will increase to $110. You can find out how to register by clicking either here or the logo above.


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Instructor Spotlight: Roberto Martinez-Loyo

By Meg Floyd


This week I had the pleasure and privilege of interviewing Roberto Martinez-Loyo, an internationally-known Mexican HEMA instructor and fighter. Both cofounder and primary instructor at the Elite Fencing Club in Mexico City, Roberto is also a professional stuntman, stage combat performer, and the primary developer of reconstructing the fighting techniques used with the Aztec bladed weapon, the maquahuitl.

HN: When did you start your career in HEMA? Did you do anything previously or currently that is related to physical fitness or martial arts?

MARTINEZ-LOYO: I began my career in HEMA in 2003. I first came to HEMA as a stunt performer looking to expand my skills and learn some sword work. My first approach was stage combat, but I became enamored with the actual martial arts and made the transition to HEMA. I am still a professional stunt performer.

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