CombatCon(versations)

Spotlight: Scott Brown on the Future of HEMA

Those who have been to CombatCon are familiar with the name. Scott Brown has been an influential voice in the HEMA community and has contributed much in recent years to the inclusion of historically and martially sound technique in stage and screen fighting through the Paddy Crean Workshop, CombatCon, and other venues. We had the […]

Conflict is Universal: How Actors Benefit from Fighting

So you’re an actor. You delve into the strange places that character development can take you, learning odd habits and adapting them into the tiny window we get to view your character through for the brief engagement we have with them in a play or a film. It’s pretty likely that, at some point in […]

If You Practice HEMA, You Should Be Competing in Tournaments

Previously, we featured a piece introducing new folks to HEMA, and detailing out some of what is really involved in Historical European Martial Arts. We wanted to take a bit of a turn, though, and look at something that frequently crosses the minds of experienced fencers, martial artists, and HEMA practitioners: Should I really bother […]

Maya Santandrea – Stuntwoman and CombatCon Instructor

We had an opportunity recently to interview Stunt Professional Maya Santandrea, famous for stunts on The Walking Dead. She’s an incredible female presence in the stunt industry today, and we wanted to share some of the highlights of the interview with you! Maya will be teaching this year at CombatCon in July. Us: What is […]

Behind the Scenes: Stunt Stories and Combat Chronicles

You’re in the theater watching the summer blockbuster of your choice. The A-list celebrities are giving an incredible performance. Just as the film reaches its climax, the main character accomplishes some impossible task of physical ability, overcoming insurmountable odds and solidifying their place as one of Hollywood’s great heroes. Credits roll, maybe applause, opinions start […]

What is HEMA, and Why Should You Be Doing It?

Martial arts, for the most part, is not a new concept. The human species has spent an innumerable amount of time over the course of its existence trying to codify and improve upon methods for both causing and preventing harm to other human beings. Interestingly, though, even at one of the greatest times of peace […]