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  1. alexmac is offline

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    Posted On:
    6/19/2013 8:29am

    Bullshido Newbie
     

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    How can I start learning HEMA, if I am on my own?

    So it is seems likely I will need to start on my own.

    I assume the way to go would be to get reading, practice what I can and look for conventions or workshops that I could travel to.

    Can anyone recommend what might be a good foundation to start with?

    I do have some experience with FMA (2 years) so hopefully that experience is something I can grow on.
  2. lklawson is offline

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    Posted On:
    6/19/2013 8:41am


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    Start a small study group where you're at then make the effort to travel to seminars and to other schools/instructors on a regular basis for instruction and correction.

    Lot more too but gotta run.

    Peace favor your sword,
    Kirk
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    Posted On:
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     Style: Bartitsu

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    What branch(es) of HEMA are you interested in?
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    It is a very large field of study, are you interested in a specific period or art?

    Each art within w.m.a and h.e.m.a is a little unique, while they all share certain bio-mechanics (as all arts do) they are separated by period, culture and intent.

    Do you have any preferences at this stage for what you want to learn i.e sportive, self defence or martial art, armed or unarmed etc?
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    Posted On:
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     Style: ARMA, Antagonistics

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    Quote Originally Posted by lklawson View Post
    Start a small study group where you're at then make the effort to travel to seminars and to other schools/instructors on a regular basis for instruction and correction.

    Lot more too but gotta run.

    Peace favor your sword,
    Kirk
    This. You can learn footwork and cuts by yourself, but you'll never really learn HEMA\RMA\WHATEVERMA if you don't have another person with a sword. You need others to learn to bind, wind, and otherwise fight against a resisting person.
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    Posted On:
    6/19/2013 7:03pm

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    Hi Alex,

    Kirk is spot on here, but I do have another solution.

    I run Melbourne Swordplay Guild in Footscray, but we have some exmembers in Geelong where life got in the way of coming. They even used to teach classes four years ago.

    They have an excellent interpretation of George Silver, which would be a good foundation to start with. If you PM me you email I could look to put you in touch with them and you can have some people local that you can study with.

    regards,
    Scott Nimmo
    Melbourne Swordplay Guild


    Quote Originally Posted by lklawson View Post
    Start a small study group where you're at then make the effort to travel to seminars and to other schools/instructors on a regular basis for instruction and correction.

    Lot more too but gotta run.

    Peace favor your sword,
    Kirk
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    Step 1: find other people that are close by and willing to train

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