I'd have a hard time calling this HEMA in the strict sense. There are no manuals detailing early medieval combat. The earliest is from 1300-ish for sword & buckler. Perhaps they are using late medieval manuals and adapting it to earlier weapons...
You mean these guys?
You mean these guys?
Historical Martial Arts | Royal Armouries
You know that they're part of the "mainstream" HEMA movement and are plugged in with pretty much every one else, right? For the most part they teach the same things in similar ways with similar movements and interpretations. Of course, there are always going to be differences in certain interpretations or other differences which those looking in from the outside would consider more-or-less "trivial." Sort of like "trivial" differences between one branch of Kenjutsu and another. It may not be "trivial" to them, but to the rest of us, who cares if you clinch your pinky finger or leave it hanging loose?
As far as most of the HEMA world is concerned, "they is us."
Peace favor your sword,
I'd have a hard time calling this HEMA in the strict sense. There are no manuals detailing early medieval combat. The earliest is from 1300-ish for sword & buckler. Perhaps they are using late medieval manuals and adapting it to earlier weapons, hard to say. I'd doubt it. The spear on spear looked legit, but most of it seemed like straight-up reenactment. Reenactment =/= HEMA, anymore than WWE = jujutsu.
It certainly ain't safe the way they're doing it. But no full-contact combat sport is particularly safe.
I'm not sure why you would pick out one member of staff, he's head of department not the department and only at Leeds, there's also London. If you have an enquiry it goes to the appropriate person not necessarily to the head of department.
So is there a member of staff there who will put on the armour and bang?
Well, because he's on the link you posted and, of those four, he's the only one with anything even related to medieval fighting skills interest in that he's curating medieval weapons and armour. And it doesn't look like he knows jack about fighting, never mind how medieval fighting actually worked at the nuts-n-bolts level.I'm not sure why you would pick out one member of staff,
And I promise you that if the question was about actual fighting skills and it ended up with someone who actually had any fighting skills associated with medieval weapons or techniques, then that person would be "plugged into" the general HEMA community.he's head of department not the department and only at Leeds, there's also London. If you have an enquiry it goes to the appropriate person not necessarily to the head of department.
Sorry. Not trying to be. Sometimes to be clear and sidestep misunderstandings in written conversation, blunt writing is necessary. However, it's, well, blunt.Well, yes you were rude
Good. That'd be nice. Unusual in this day and age, but nice anyway.and I think you have mistaken what I have said
Are you sure about that? Perhaps you should re-read your posts on the subject. Several of your statements on the subject come across as dismissive of any expertise on Medieval fighting methods which aren't Royal Armouries, even specifically dismissing a group which teaches there saying, "they are just a group who train on the premises, I mean the actual curators and researchers employed by the Royal Armouries" and "I go down to the Royal Armouries, real experts when I want to know anything about European fighting systems." Well, "actual curators," which I read the bios for, don't apparently actually know how to fight, never mind fighting as it was done with Medieval weapons.All I said was IF I were interested I'd pop along to Leeds ..... because it's just down the road and as I go there anyway it would be no trouble to ask (is that plain enough for you), and I added that I'm not particularly interested so I don't have any preconceptions about HEMA, I have no ideas about them whatsoever, I don't have any prejudices either, how could I when I'm not particularly interested. I made a comment you don't like it fine, you can disagree, ignore or just scroll past. You decided I meant 'real experts' not me, hence your taking offence, you said I implied it, I never, as you should know, imply anything ( as many have complained before, I speak plainly),
I'm not putting words in your mouth, I'm quoting the words that came out of it. If you mean something else, then perhaps you should have said something else. It's not that I decided you mean "real experts" (as you write, above), it's that you specifically wrote "real experts." I didn't "decide" anything, I'm just going by what you wrote.I say it or I don't so please don't put words in my mouth.