Anyone else on this forum a practicioner or student of Historic European Martial Arts/Western Martial Arts (HEMA/WMA), such as Lichtenhauer's German Longsword tradition, Fiore de Liberi, or I.33? I study German Longsword, and I would really like to get into some I.33, but have no one around here to study with... These are European martial systems as laid out by European masters in 'Fechtbuchs' (Fightbooks) during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. They are every bit as effective and refined as any Asian martial art. Although primarily concerned with the use of the sword both unarmoured and in armour (harnesfechten), they also include techniques for wrestling/hand-to-hand (Ringen) and other weapons. These systems ARE NOT the same thing as the SCA. Here is a video (from some of the premier European Groups) for those of you who are interested in seeing what some of the techniques in German Longsword look like in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HC5FIyfI8TA more http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kj4Ng6DBfrg and some Ringen (wrestling) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aT1ODIjPXh0 Wanna kill these ads? We can help!