What is HEMA?
HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts) refers to the martial arts, of fighting with or without weapons, of European origin. They are based on documented methods, whose practice was discontinued at a time, or that have evolved in other martial arts.
Within HEMA, martial arts specific to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance are practiced - based on late medieval treatises and battle books describing dueling techniques, self-defense, and war strategies using a wide array of weapons - and reaching up to the modern early age - a period in which martial arts begin to take on sports uses.
What weapons do we study?
Long sword, weapon used especially in the late Middle Ages and Renaissance which allows its use in a wide range of styles and techniques. Within SMG, we are studying long-sword fighting techniques following the tradition of the German school, Liechtenauer.
A weapon suitable for penetration, mainly used by civilians for duels and self-defense. We practice rapier combat by Italian fencing masters of the Renaissance.
Side sword, spada da lato, war rapier, etc. It comes from the medieval arming sword on whose guard were added two rings for better grip on the ricasso. It is very versatile, it can be used alone or with dagger, rotella, buckler etc. We are studying fighting techniques after Italian school.
A weapon mostly used by cavalry in war. The main feature is the slightly curved single-edged blade . We mainly study Polish fighting techniques.
Societas Milites Getae
The "Societas Milites Getae" Association, founded in 2012, has as its main purpose the Study, Experimentation and Promotion of Military History from the Renaissance through the HEMA practice.
SMG was born from a group of friends passionate about history and became the first and largest HEMA club in Bucharest, organizing annual cultural-historical and sports events, to disseminate the techniques and styles of historical fencing. We also hold weelky HEMA practice.
In the last two Tuesdays of the month, introductory courses are held free of charge. We will show all the weapons studied in the club and depending on what attracts you most, you can begin to study with one of two groups.
We have two monthly training plans that give you access to one or two workouts per week.
Where do we practice?
In Palatul Universul, building A, 5th floor – Ion Brezoianu 23-25 street, Bucharest
Frequently Asked Questions
Practice takes place at Palatul Universul, building A, 5th floor – Ion Brezoianu 23-25 street, Bucharest (https://goo.gl/maps/
A very good question. In the first training sessions you will only need light sportswear that will not hinder your movement, shoes that will not slip, and possibly a spare T-shirt.
After a few sessions you will need to buy protective equipment. HEMA being a contact sport, safety is first, so coaches do not allow more complex exercises without the minimum of equipment needed: fencing mask, jacket and gloves. These are personal and do not transfer for obvious hygiene reasons. Their cost varies depending on the model.
Over time you will have to purchase all the pieces of equipment. For more details about the type of HEMA equipment, costs and purchase mode, we discuss during practice.
Fitness is the foundation for a good performance if you get tired before the "enemy", you lose! Fortunately, however, physical condition is trained. We have a recommended exercise program for home. More details discuss the training.
But more important than physical condition is the mental one.
First, you have to have the desire to learn. Our coaches do this out of passion and are always willing to answer questions, as are our more advanced colleagues. There is no stupid question, we are here to learn together.
Patience is a key element in HEMA. Being a martial art, it will take time to master the key elements. Sometimes progression will be slow and with bumps. You need a lot of dedication and study to master the techniques of European historical combat.
The last two Tuesdays of each month you can come to a free training course, but until then, we invite you to come watch any training, where someone will tell you more about HEMA and how we practice it. Once you've decided that you want to practice HEMA, you can join one of the groups and participate, depending on which subscription you choose, at one or both weekly sessions and you will have the opportunity to join competitions and other organized events.