Ruby programmer needed!

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The Hacker
The HEMAA has been working on a program which will be used for managing the membership database and associated things.  We are currently in need of a programmer with experience to help finish the project.  If you would like to help, please contact “”.

Phoenix Society of Historical Swordsmanship’s Charity Tournament

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Phoenix Society of Historical Swordsmanship recently held a Singlestick and Polish Sabre Tournament benefiting Street Light USA and the fight against human trafficking. The event was a complete success and a great time was enjoyed by all. In Polish Saber, first place went to John Phoenix, second to Jon Ying, third to Cameron Maurin and fourth to Jesse Franco. In Singlestick first place went to Cliff Curry, second was Nick Wixom, third, Russ Mitchell and fourth Jonathan Clyde Ying. To read a complete recap of the event click here.

Wiktenauer fundraiser!

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aa2Image: ZBS Cod. S. 554, f 27r. Digitized in March 2014.


The 2015 Wiktenauer Fundraiser is live! Help us raise money to cover our server costs and purchase new manual scans. Two days in and we’ve just passed our funding total from last year, and reached our fifth stretch goal (of ten). There are still five more manuscripts that we want to digitize in the coming year and release into the wild, and plenty of awesome perks for the claiming, so keep the donations coming!
This year we’re partnering with Indiegogo to give you more payment options and help us coordinate our efforts. You can read details of our campaign here:

HEMA in the news

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A Death in the Family

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Jason Taylor died of cancer on 10/07/2014. He was a cofounder of the HEMA Alliance, and of his club, Kron Martial Arts. As a professor of writing he was always making jokes about the horrors of the stacks of student papers he was forced to read, but in his teaching he was consistently patient and nurturing. His support will be missed by his colleagues and students both in English and in HEMA. Jason is survived by his loving wife, Heather Whitney.

Jason’s martial arts teaching included Kunst Des Fechtens, Lai Chung Ch’uan Fa Kung Fu, and a women’s self defense curriculum that he developed with Patrick Vee. He is also known in the HEMA community as one of the first translators and researchers of Mair’s peasant sickle, and he was one of the main architects of the HEMA Alliance Instructor Certification rubric. It was important to Jason that his HEMA club be a good environment where people could practice treating each other well as they practiced martial arts. As a result, Kron today is the largest club in the HEMA Alliance, and a happy home to both “hard core” fighters and more casual hobbyists who like to learn about swords and enjoy the feeling of being in a good club. Jason’s legacy will always be part of Kron and the HEMA Alliance.

New York Times Coverage

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Longpoint, a HEMA Alliance “Supported Event”, was recently featured in the NY Times. The video is a short editorial about what makes HEMA, HEMA.

The full writeup is here: