The Wiktenauer staff has an exciting announcement:
In case you missed it, Wiktenauer now hosts translations of the holy trinity of 15th century Liechtenauer treatises: pseudo-Hans Döbringer by Thomas Stoeppler, Sigmund ain Ringeck by Keith Farrell, and pseudo-Peter von Danzig by Cory Winslow. We also have an excellent translation of Liechtenauer’s verse itself by Christian Tobler.
We hope everyone’s taking advantage of these extraordinary resources, and our next step will be to take these resources and piece together a side-by-side view of each play. But don’t look for that very soon, I have a lot of projects in the queue ahead of it.
Hello, Your President greets you.
I am pleased to announce that Lee Smith has agreed to be the Director of the Curriculum Council during my term of office. Lee Smith was instrumental in seeing the long awaited Certification Program implemented and managed. There is more work to be done, but thanks to him, we are progressing swiftly and hope to have a fully operational Certification Program in the 2013-2014 term. Other plans of the Curriculum Council include tackling the issue of judging, something our members, especially event-planners, have repeatedly requested. The CC hears you! Lee Smith is the founder of Blood and Iron, a brick and mortar, for-profit, Historical Martial Arts studio. In short- he’s living the dream. Lee teaches, trains, and competes for a living. He thrives off personal excellence, and the excellence of his students. I’ve come to know Lee well in the last year, and I can say with certainty, that one of his greatest joys is in seeing others improve before his eyes. He has put all of his energy into his role as Curriculum Director, and is a firm believer that the projects the Curriculum Council works diligently upon will improve the abilities of our members by either setting goals for them to achieve, or by providing beneficial instruction. I look with great interest toward what the Curriculum Council provides us as a community!
The Serious Part
Greetings HEMA Alliance members and those potential members involved in the historical arts. I have been elected the HEMA Alliance President and will do my utmost to live up to people’s expectations. My early agenda is, as I stated in my campaign, entirely boring. There are certain nuts and bolts of the organization that needs tightening, from budgeting, to tracking members, to having policies on how/why we as an organization spend money. This will ensure that the Alliance will endure and that it will provide better services for the community now and in the future.
We have a robust Curriculum Council lead by Lee Smith which will be joined by Mike Edelson, who after years of service in the General Council has discovered that you can never truly escape. Mike will now be Vice Director of the Curriculum Council. The Instructor Certification process is underway, and I look forward to seeing what other services the Curriculum Council will offer our members this term.
The Governing Council has plans to revamp our website, fund-raise for Wiktenauer, and better advertise what we have to offer to our members. The HEMA Alliance is not a club, or a dictatorship, my humor aside. We are a support organization, here to support YOUR clubs, YOUR schools, YOUR events and YOUR research. It is my utmost wish that the HEMA Alliance does just that.
Your Governing Council consists of highly motivated, highly skilled members of our community and on behalf of all of us, thank you for supporting the HEMA Alliance, we hope to support you in return!
The Less Serious Part
The rumors that I plan to suspend the bylaws and build giant statues of my skinny self are all lies.
I am highly amused that outright propaganda amuses you. And so I provide you some more. Welcome to the fight, brothers and sisters. The only way is forward.
HEMA Alliance President
The time is here again…
HEMA Alliance elections!
Nominations will be open from June 24th – July 15th.
The HEMA Alliance is pleased to present brand new research into the Polish saber. This pdf provides the basics into this deadly, yet often overlooked weapon.
HEMA ALLIANCE RESEARCH TEAM
The HEMA Alliance would like to thank everyone who participated in this project. You can download the pdf HERE.
Looking for a serious HEMA event in North America to attend this summer? Here’s a short list of HEMA Alliance sponsored or supported upcoming events
Fechtschule New York
Andes, NY tournaments and seminars
May 31 – June 2 https://www.facebook.com/
Southern California HEMA Seminar (SCHEMAS)
June 8-9 in Lake Forest, California http://hemaalliance.com/socalswordfight
New England HEMA Gathering
July 12-14 in Ellicott, Maryland http://fightlongpoint.com/
Go support our HEMA brothers and sisters in Mexico!
August 2-4 in Mexico City https://www.facebook.com/SchwertkampfMex
The Pacific NorthWest HEMA Gathering
Aug 23-25 in Seattle, Washington http://www.pnwhemag.com/
2 days, 15 instructors, 9 clubs (and counting), 34,000 square feet of Historical European Martial Arts.
This event is designed as a showcase of seminars in HEMA to bring in the uninitiated public. In order to do that, we are investing in thousands of dollars of loaner gear, which will be included with registration, and at the same time keeping registration to a fraction of the cost of other events. $65 for the public; $53 for club members (who hopefully have their own gear).
Does this mean we are cutting corners on quality? No! We have 3 indoor sports fields, airport shuttles, and catering. How do we do it? Massive volunteer power. We have 5 Southern California clubs sacrificing their time to make this happen, and Lee and Nicole Smith, Richard Marsden, Ken Dietiker, and Michael-Forest Meservy are all traveling to Cali at their own cost to teach for us.
Read more and Register at hemaalliance.com/socalswordfight.
The Higgins Armory Museum, located in Worcester, MA, is the largest museum of European arms and armor in the western hemisphere. It’s board is currently planning on closing the museum due to an insufficient endowment and high maintenance costs. Please sign this petition to show your continuing support for the museum and its mission.