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It Finally Happened! I Made It To South Africa For a Tournament!

20170401_153953-1I’ve returned from a fantastic trip to South Africa! The ACSMMA tournament was wonderfully organized and was an absolute blast! The fighters in South Africa are skilled. They are amazingly friendly. A couple of the guys there are guys that I consider brothers and family now. I want to give my thanks to Heinrich Friedereich August Jost and his wife for hosting me in their home for a week while I was there. He and his family treated me as if I were part of the family
I’m thankful to The Lord for the new friendships developed during my time there with guys like Stuart Mckenzie Bennett, and Grant Hart and rest assured I am keeping each of them in my prayers.
As a number of the members of my school have expressed their great desire to go and compete in South Africa in 2018, we will begin preparations presently and will be ready when the time comes.
As for my part in the tournament, I’m honoured to have earned the silver medal in Longsword and Sword & Buckler duathlon. Earning such an award in the company of such great martial artists is an incredible feeling, yet due to the great friendliness of their fighters and camaraderie formed with them, the medal cannot help but take a back seat to the friendships formed, and things learned while I was there. If you are a martial artist in the HEMA community, go to the ACSMMA tournament in South Africa, compete and meet some great “Oaks” there. You’ll have a wonderful experience!


Come Join Us!

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If you are in or within driving distance of the Waco, Texas area and you want to have the most rewarding martial arts experience of your life, come join us at Art of Combat European Martial Arts. There is no reenactment here. We are pure martial arts! Our curriculum is based on the primary source materials of the Medieval and Renaissance European Masters. Our organization and rank structure is is proven and recognized by the World Wide Martial Arts Association (formerly the United States Martial Arts Associate). We are not a “promotion factory” like many other martial arts schools/clubs. You earn your rank and awards.

Our Saturday morning classes are from 08:15 – 10:15 for the general rank structure curriculum and 10:30 – 11:30 for our Capoferro Rapier class. Membership is $60 per month for general membership or $100 a month to add our Capoferro Rapier class to your membership. For more information (serious inquiries only please) contact us on our contacts page on this site, or check us out on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ArtofCombatEMA/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel  and use our contact information there to call or message us.

Come join us for a fabulous time and what may prove to be the most rewarding martial arts experience of your life.

Bro. Jeff Webb, Lead Instructor/Grand Master


The Armored Combat League and The IMCF: What Can We Learn From Them?

By: Jefferson Webb

Although I’ve heard some criticism expressed in the Historical European Martial Arts community within the past few years of the sport of the Medieval Armored Combat such as what we see in the Armored Combat League or in the International Medieval Combat Federation, there are some key points that we can learn from such a sport.

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Let’s look at some of the, perhaps a bit unrealistic aspects of the sport first. Now, it needs to be mentioned that any sport needs rules, and while the average spectator unfamiliar with the sport of armored combat may think there are no rules, there are a number of them. One of these rules that changes how these men fight as opposed to actual Medieval and Renaissance armored combat was conducted is that there are no thrusts allowed in the sport of armored combat. This is for participant safety, and while we do thrust in my H.E.M.A. school, it’s understandable. We see fighters making what would be cutting / slashing strikes with their various types of swords against armored opponents, and it is common knowledge that of course this does little to nothing (in terms of causing death or injury) to an armored warrior of the period. With a sword, thrusts were used in the gaps and through the visor to defeat your armored opponent. Of course, there was also getting them to the ground and “finishing him rightly,” with a dagger/roundel. (more…)


We Have a New Name and Insignia

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As we are growing and expanding it was determined that we needed a new name to better convey to prospective members and the community what we do and what we are about. Likewise there have been plans for a new insignia for a couple of years, and so what better time to put it into action than now? We kept the original shield art from our very first official day years ago, and added it to the breast of a Medieval Prussian Eagle. The black and white colors of the shield along with its red Christian Cross allude to our Christian beliefs. The insignia has elements artistically of the Flags of Ulster, Northern Ireland and of course Medieval Germanic influences. This is to bring a little bit broader recognition of the many contributions to our arts from across Europe. Naturally it would be impossible to incorporate elements from all of the nations of Europe that have contributed sources and weapons to Historical European Martial Arts today. This was found to be a sharp looking insignia that is fitting for our school.

We will also be introducing more fun and exciting weapons and skill-sets into our curriculum that are in keeping with our war-fighting martial focus rather than dueling, though make no mistake we will also continue to look at those weapons and skills used in dueling too. We have simply always been much more focuses on the Historical European Martial Arts skills employed in war-fighting.

We are looking forward to an exciting new adventure as we move forward and grow. If you life in the Heart of Texas Region and think you would enjoy training with us, contact us through our contact page on this site, email us at artofcombatema@yahoo.com or find us on twitter at @steelfighter  Come join us for the best martial arts experience of your life!

Sincerely,

Br. Jeff Webb, Lead Instructor / Grand Master


FIGHT FEST! II Results

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We had a great time at FIGHT FEST! II and the results are in from the fighting. Many thank go out to Kult of Athena http://www.kultofathena.com/ for their generous sponsorship of our FIGHT FEST! series tournaments. They graciously provided a Wulflund Garth Viking Sword and a Get Dressed For Battle Nasal Spangenhelm for the 1st Place Champion of the Single Combat event.  (more…)