Quantum Exhibition Centre77 Upper Trinity StreetDigbethBirminghamB9 4EGWEDNESDAY EVENINGS7.30 - 9.30pmMinimum age for all training is 18+ years
We primarily study the techniques of Italian fight master Fiore dei Liberi, focusing on longsword, dagger and abrazare (unarmed), but also study sword and buckler techniques found in the Walpurgis manuscript (I.33), as well as the combat-styles of German masters such as Joachim Meyer.
We draw our methodology from both primary and secondary sources and enjoy exploring, as a group, the range of interpretations that come with the rediscovery of a medieval and renaissance fighting techniques.
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WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM A HEMA SESSION WITH BHC?At Birmingham HEMA Club, our training sessions are pretty varied, and we cover a wide variety of techniques and combat styles, but each training session tends to follow a similar format.To begin with we make sure we do a comprehensive warm-up. Nothing Olympian, but enough to make sure the muscles we’re going to use are warmed up and stretched well. We’ll usually follow this up with a simple game that teaches a technique or principle, whilst getting everyone into the mindset for the session.Next we go through some fundamentals; a few cutting drills and footwork exercises to keep the essentials sharp and on point. As with many martial arts, keeping the fundamentals solid is the key to development.After that we’ll address the new technique or skills we’re focusing on for the session. This will be led by one of our instructors, and will cover an exploration of a technique taken directly from one of out source manuscripts, which we interpret and develop into a teaching exercise. This is when our instructors will work closely with you to refine and hone your technique. Techniques normally build into technical or tactical drills which encompass all the techniques covered during the session.Finally for those who have enough kit to meet our safety standards, we finish with some contact sparring, where the techniques and drills studied can be built into a practical combat experience. Those without full kit will work on slow and controlled sparring exercises, which builds precision and technique into combat experience.We find this structure is ideal for continued teaching and development of students’ techniques, whilst making sure everyone has a great experience of HEMA and enjoys themselves.WHAT KIT SHOULD I BRING?HEMA can be practised as a full contact martial art or a non-contact exploration of historical medieval and renaissance manuscripts.To compete at competition level there is a fair bit of gear and kit required to meet safety standards. We’re not talking about dressing up in full maile or plate armour, and for the most part HEMA practitioners don’t wear historically accurate clothing in the way that reenactors do. HEMA has specially designed sporting gear that honours its roots whilst bringing in modern materials, movement requirements and safety standards. However, we don’t expect newcomers to arrive fully kitted and ready to compete, and we completely understand that people may want to amass their kit over a longer period of time, to spread out the costs.For your first training sessions come with comfortable clothes that you can move around in and exercise in easily (jeans and heeled shoes are not recommended). We can lend sparring swords, masks, and basic body-armour for your first session, though if you have a sturdy pair of gloves, such as leather gardening gloves, full-finger paintball gloves, goalie gloves or hockey gloves we recommend that you bring those along.As you progress in the sport, and you’re certain its for you, our instructors will be on hand to suggest what gear you may want to start getting hold of, and where best to get hold of what you need.