HEMA at VaMi

From grappling to dagger and sword, HEMA stands for “Historical European Martial Arts”.
At Vaasa we train unarmed techniques, dagger, longsword, with some langesmesser and basket-hilt sword at times. Possibilities in the future include rapier, and sword and buckler.

HEMA builds upon surviving historical manuscripts that describe principles and techniques of combat. We use the texts (and pictures) from Fiore dei Liberi, George Silver, Filippo Vadi, Johann Georg Pascha and Codex Wallerstein to name a few. More names and definitions for possible ventures: Bolognese spada da filo, Ridolfo Capoferro, Dominico Angelo, Salvator Fabris.

It is good to remember that western swordsmanship today has ventured far from it’s historical ancestry and no modern teacher can be said to know the old techniques for sure. As such, HEMA is always in motion as new interpretations emerge and are tested out. Long time ago someone has used these techniques in earnest combat, it is up to us to find out how they work. Part of HEMA is the study of historical manuscripts for new (old) ideas. There they are, and therein lies the truth.

Due to restrictions on time and to promote even a slight change of grasping the idea we devote pre-agreed times for training of a said system. During "basic"-level training Mondays are devoted for Fiore for two months onward.

For class you’ll only need indoors sports clothes (long pants) and shoes. All other gear can be borrowed from VaMi. Later on buying your own steel sword is recommended.

We have an age limit of 14 years for participation in HEMA training.

Note: Please contact us if you have someone interested who is younger than 14. A beginners course for younger participants (~07-13 years old) is being planned.


A good place to start:
HEMA at Wikipedia

A lot of information, including most of the manuscripts in common knowledge:

Biggest HEMA-school in Finland (and where Antti has spent many-a-weekends):

One of the clearest and most well put-together demonstrations on a HEMA style.
Basics of the Bolognese School 

Kudos for the above to Ilkka Hartikainen and Espoo Association for Historical Fencing.

An interesting article on a few aspects on training and sparring:
On The After-Blow 

The Anatomy Of Fear and How It Relates To Survival Skills Training By Darren Laur

List of HEMA events and News


An up-to-date-ish list of all your needs regarding HEMA-stuff

Their nylon swords are fast becoming the de facto training / sparring tool in HEMA. Admittedly NOT steel, but fun indeed. Used at VaMi.
The Knight Shop

Peter Regenyei is a smith that creates high-quality weapons for low prices with mainly HEMA (which he practices himself) in mind. There are also options available for variation of the basic models. The federschwerts are a joy to handle and really durable.
Peter Regenyei

Lutel Handicrafts is famous of its heavish swords that are also of high-quality, even though have been a bit to the heavy side, and have reasonable prices (most models include scabbard).
Lutel Handicrafts

Weapons that last (Antti’s longsword still going strong after four years and countless training sessions):
Kovex Ars

Pavel Moc has made quite a lot quality weapons and is one of the weapon providers for the School of European Swordmanship. Sebastian has a blunt longsword from Pavel.
Pavel Moc

Del Tin is mostly known as a provider of high-quality, beautiful rapiers. Most of the models are purely historical and such, one must be careful for the pieces that may be unusable for the manuals we have already researched.