The HEMA Alliance currently offers a variety of services for Individual and Club members. These services go beyond the Alliance’s web content, all of which is always available to the general public. Instead, the Alliance’s member services tap into the organization’s funding and network of volunteers to provide individual practitioners and clubs some of the resources, connections, and “weight” that would normally only be available to a large national or international-sized organization.
General HEMA Alliance Services Currently Available
Use of HEMA Alliance Name and Official Nonprofit Status
HEMA Alliance-Associated Clubs are fully independent Historical European Martial Arts schools, academies, clubs, groups, and organizations which join the HEMA Alliance to participate in a larger community network. Members of all stripes–Training or Supporting Members, and Charter or Affiliated Clubs may be able to use the HEMA Alliance Logo, name, and official educational nonprofit status when organizing events, making arrangements for training spaces, or coordinating with other institutions such as museums and universities.
Use of the HEMA Alliance identity for public events or business arrangements involves accepting and implementing some HEMA Alliance standards. Affiliates, Chapters, or Members planning on representing themselves to outside organizations in this way should contact the HEMA Alliance Governing Council.
HEMA Alliance Insurance
HEMA Alliance affiliates come in two types: HEMAA insured groups and groups insured elsewhere. HEMAA insurance is an affordable option for groups which do not wish to acquire their own insurance plans individually. More details are here: here.
HEMA Alliance Rental Program
Individual HEMA Alliance Members and affiliates are able to rent equipment on a monthly basis from the HEMAA. The first set of gear in this program is Purpleheart Armoury’s Polish Sabers. Over time, many other types of equipment will be in the program. The terms and conditions for this program are here: HEMAA Saber Rental Program terms
HEMA Alliance Email Address
HEMA Alliance Members will automatically receive an official HEMA Alliance email address ending in “@hemaalliance.com” upon request. Your HEMA Alliance email address will automatically forward to the existing email account you include in your membership application.
Web Hosting for Groups at HEMAAlliance.com
Chapter and Affiliate groups can host their own club or group webpages at HEMAAlliance.com. Member groups which opt to use their own web space can still use the HEMA Alliance’s page to re-direct viewers from HEMAAlliance.com to their off-site page. All member groups will be linked from the Alliance’s Links page. Member groups may make arrangements by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
HEMAA Membership Discounts
The HEMAA is always searching for discounts for its members. We currently offer a 5% discount from Purpleheart Armoury, for example. Get it here.
Service to the HEMA Alliance is service to the Membership. All Training and Supporting Members are invited to join a Project Team that will help them focus limited volunteer time in the areas of their interest. Whatever you’re doing with HEMA now, you can do more and better in a Project Team. Let us help you find people who share your passions.
General HEMA Support
While our web-resources are all publically available, our time for individual attention as volunteer leadership is necessarily limited. Membership is the primary way that the HEMA Alliance is supported, and it means a lot to us. We hope to be able to respond to every contact we get from anywhere, but as a practical matter, Members come first, and Members who volunteer come firster.
Current Curriculum Council Services
The Curriculum Council member will review your training/sparring video and give you harsh but constructive criticism. This is a member perk and is only redeemable once every six months. Details here.
Services in the Works
As resources allow, the Alliance will be adding more services over the coming months and years. If you have any questions about present or future services, or feel that you can help in some fashion, don’t hesitate to contact us via our forum or the How You Can Help page.
Instructor Certification Program
This program is planned as a community-building effort. If you have a curriculum that you teach that is martially sound and built on some combination of historical sources, the Alliance wants to help you get your name out there. The goal of this future program is twofold:
(1) Help people figure out how to be better instructors
(2) Provide a means for instructors to test their ability to teach and be recognized for their ability
The Instructor Certification program is being developed by HEMA practitioners with a variety of approaches to the art. It will not be a way to fit teachers into one style, and it will not define the “final interpretation” on the zornhau or Fiore’s dagger plays. It will be a way for teachers who have developed their own excellence to demonstrate objectively valuable skills and present themselves to the public as peer-reviewed leaders in their field.
Judging Certification Program
Many people have asked for it, and we’re working on it. This program is striving towards working on recognizing excellent judging skills.