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 ultima saptamana din luna se tin cursuri de initiere gratuite, iti vom arata toate armele studiate in cadrul clubului si in functie de ce te atrage cel mai mult, poti incepe sa studiezi cu una dintre grupe.
We have two monthly training plans that give you access to one or two workouts per week.
Where do we practice?
Building B, 1st Floor, Fabrica Pionierul, Verzisori street, no 2, Bucharest.
Frequently Asked Questions
A very good question. In the first trainings you will only need light sports clothes that will not hinder your movements, shoes that will not slip, a pair of gloves and possibly a replacement 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.
In ultima saptamana din fiecare luna poți veni in orice zi la cursuri de inițiere gratuite, dar pana atunci, te invitam sa asiști la orice antrenament, cineva iti va povesti mai multe despre HEMA si modul in care il practicam. Odată ce te-ai decis ca vrei să practici HEMA, te poți înscrie într-una din grupe și vei participa, în funcție de ce abonament alegi, la unul sau mai multe antrenamente saptamanale si vei avea posibilitatea sa te inscrii la competitii si alte evenimente organizate de club.