The Historical Fencer is a project where we gather thoughts, knowledge and ideas about fencing culture and what it means to be a fencer. We aim to provide the reader with content that will deepen their understanding of the historical context of fencing, and their understanding of what it means to be a fencer today.
My name is Anders Linnard. I am the founder of Gothenburg Historical Fencing School and owner of St Mark Fencing equipment and clothing, together with world renowned historical fencer Axel Pettersson. Fencing started as a boyhood dream, it then became a passion, and is now an identity.
Over the years, I have produced material on teaching, interpretations, identity and equipment. I have also competed with some success, winning the first Swedish National Championships as well as Swordfish among other things.
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What is Historical fencing?
Historical fencing and Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA), are exactly what it sounds like – martial arts stemming from Europe’s history. HEMA uses historical documentation, treatises and other sources describing the martial arts of Europe, to recreate these lost arts. HEMA is more than just fencing, it includes wrestling, boxing arts, mounted combat, and fencing in armour and without it.
Classical fencing is a type of historical fencing which is focused on the style of fencing practised at the end of the 19th century and beginning of 20th century. These arts differ from sport fencing in style, method of teaching and also in focus.
What’s the goal of The Historical Fencer?
The Historical Fencer wants you to pick up a sword. It’s an online magazine for those who are pursuing fencing and see fencing as a way of life. You could say it’s a lifestyle magazine for fencers, complete with training guides, cultural pieces, research and inspiration.
But we don’t just turn to those already into fencing. Our goal is to make as many people as possible interested in fencing, and to deepen the knowledge among those fencers who may not yet have understood the full meaning of the sword.