English Martial Arts at The Spectrum

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By LucyKate | Wednesday, January 13, 2010, 18:29

Monday the 4th of January saw the first session of The English Martial Arts Academy in 2010!

For those who haven't heard of us before - The English Martial Arts Academy train locally, in Guildford and Haslemere (and previously in Farnham).  The Guildford branch practices at The Spectrum leisure centre every Monday. We run six-week beginners courses regularly, but everyone is welcome at our weekly sessions, from complete beginners to advanced practitioners.

HEMA (historical european martial arts) clubs are rapidly rising in popularity.

We are all familar (at least with the concept of) Japanese martial arts such as karate and judo - but Western martial arts are even more fun and rewarding (in my completely unbiased opinion). These weapons based martial arts are intrinsically linked to our own history - as well as being a great way to keep fit and make some awesome friends!

Our first session of the New Year centered around our newbies from the previous beginners course. They worked on building up the sword fighting skills they had learned, and had their first exciting taste of sparring. 

Sparring allows fighters to safely simulate the full contact matches that our ancestors would have experienced, and beginners will gradually build up the strength and speed of their sparring over time. We all had an excellent session, and they are keen to step their fighting up a notch next Monday.

To find out more, or enquire about coming along and joining us, please visit the website below:




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    Hi there.

    It's understandable that you would assume it's like re-enactment - but fortunately for my cool factor, it's not!

    All HEMA groups practice martial arts, in that they are not designed to re-create a specific battle or scenario in general, but focus entirely upon the skills that were mastered at that time. We follow manuscripts and treatises created at certain periods in history (in our case 16th Century), which teach how to fight - not the outcome of the fight.

    This allows us to become (hopefully) adept at using a particular weapon (or several) and then pit our skills (in a safe enviroment, using safe simulators) against each other!

    The way in which we learn can be compared more to japenese martial arts in lesson format, than with random stick bashing and falling over :)

    We practice specific techniques, have drilling practice and work towards tournaments in many cases.

    I hope that answers your question, but if you want any further information - just ask :)

    By LucyKate at 19:40 on 09/01/10

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    So is this like re-enactment then?  Or is it a proper martial art?

    By theratman at 21:19 on 08/01/10

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