Trends In Quality Of Competition In HEMA

January 16, 2024

What are the overall pre and post Covid trends in terms of Quality of Competition at North American and European HEMA tournaments?

Can I Hit That?

March 21, 2023

Have you ever wondered what your chance was of winning an exchange against Sean Franklin? Look no further than “Can I Hit That?”, a fun new tool for looking at your probability of winning exchanges against your HEMA friends!

Geometry Hacks – Shielhau and Quarte Are The Same Thing

August 16, 2022

There are a finite number of ways to move your body, and similar patterns will likely emerge when trying to solve similar problems.

WTF Does “Presence In The Bind” Even Mean

December 26, 2021

Ever wonder what goes into the HEMA community’s favorite term to describe their favorite sword?

Killer Whales Can Beat Sharks In A Swordfight

April 1, 2021

You see the title.

Swords in Space: The First (?) Frontier

February 6, 2021

There have been a number of very good physics descriptions of sword motion. However they neglect the most important part: a sword isn’t free floating in space!

Daggers in Men’s Smiles: Tournament Starting Positions versus Outcomes

July 22, 2020

Dagger tournaments can receive an unfair reputation as stab-happy fights, with competitors disregarding defense for a ‘first-strike at all costs’ mentality. This paper will determine what proportion of exchanges in a recent dagger and ringen HEMA tournament ended with clean, contained hits and how many ended in doubles or hits with insufficient control

Analysis of the Vibrational Characteristics of a Training Longsword

June 7, 2020

Longswords are often treated as having static vibrational nodes, with implications for sparring. A combination of mathematical analysis, SolidWorks modeling, and practical experiments were used to analyze the motion of a longsword under realistic end conditions. It was determined that not only are the nodes not static with respect to different end conditions, they also vary over time during free vibration after an impulse. Due to the complexity of the vibrations, as well as the very specific design criteria of a sword, it is impractical to attempt to alter the sword to maintain specific node locations. Vibration damping gloves are suggested as a possible remedy to fatigue during sparring.

Now Available: SwordSTEM Polos

May 28, 2020

Due to popular* demand, SwordSTEM Polos are finally here!Enjoy a nice performance polo and support SwordSTEM at the same time. https://southcoastswords.com/products/sword-stem-sport-polo *as popular as anything […]

How Does Meyer *Illustrate* a Longsword

May 13, 2020

Does Meyer depict cutting with the hand on the pommel? Come and learn. (Or don’t read and post a response anyways.)