CombatCon(versations)

What the hell is a CombatCon?

You’ve made it this far in your Google searching and Facebook clicking, you’re pretty sure there are swords involved and at least a few people who are dressed funny. One of these things likely appeals to you. But wait. Is it a party? A show? A tournament? A workshop? Well, yes. CombatCon has a unique […]

You Wish You Could Fight Like a Girl – Women in Combat

“You _____ like a girl!” The boilerplate insult of child sexism everywhere. At least, it used to be. The times they are a-changing. Finally. Sort of. Recently, I had the privilege of attending the Paddy Crean Workshop in Banff, Alberta, CA – the largest international workshop dedicated to combat for the stage and screen. The […]

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 […]