The Academy of European Medieval Martial Arts or AEMMA (pronounced "ehma"), is a historical European martial arts school focused on the research, reconstruction and resurrection of authentic medieval martial arts of all fighting styles (armed, unarmed, armoured and unarmoured), firmly based on the works of the late 14th century Friulian swordmaster by the name of Fiore dei Liberi, demonstrating the deadly practicality and effectiveness of the art as it applies to today's personal self-defense.
AEMMA was initially created in May of 1998 in Toronto, Canada and under the laws of Ontario's Corporations Act and the Regulations of the Ministry of the Attorney General, was incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation (NPO Corporation Number: 1468524) in May 28, 2001. It has as its mission:
"The mission of AEMMA is to resurrect the combat skills, philosophies and principles of an accomplished European Medieval martial artist and to achieve a state which would be consistent with that of a medieval warrior in both technology and ideal."
Apart from its founding Toronto chapter, AEMMA also has 3 vibrant chapters in Guelph and Stratford Ontario, and Digby Nova Scotia.
For more information, from general inquiries to curriculum to pricing, please send an email to:
AEMMA Toronto: email@example.com
AEMMA Guelph: firstname.lastname@example.org
AEMMA Stratford: email@example.com
AEMMA Digby: firstname.lastname@example.org
Except the whales are swords.
Star Trek IV The Voyage Home - Admiral there be whales here!
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I will have them Monday night 2 (4 days ago)김준성:
New swords? On fight night? And I finally got my own gloves. Santa IS real! (4 days ago)Kimberleigh Roseblade:
I see whatcha did there. (4 days ago)Michael Bob:
Can not wait for mine to come in. I will have at the soon. (4 days ago)Aaron Joseph Bolarinho:
wooooooooooooo (1 day ago)Brian McIlmoyle:
large heavy box in my office right now 1 (4 hours ago)
About a year ago, I walked into your salle and became a member of AEMMA Toronto. You folks gifted me with the rank of "visiting scholar" due to my experience with other schools over the years. I knew- as did all of you- that I had a ways to go to learn the "AEMMA Way" of interpreting, practicing, and teaching Fiore's art. I was driven and focused to achieve that and to make myself worthy of the title "Scholar." The focus that AEMMA places on the art of Abrazzare and Dagger was something that had been missing from my years of study. This what was I was craving- as well as what I needed the most work on. I felt like after years of feeling lost in my studies as a HEMA practitioner, that I had found a school and a community that was able to give me what I had been looking for.
Through AEMMA I have done more than learn and practice Fiore's art. I have come to find myself surrounded by a diverse, and wonderfully supportive group of people who have become staples in my community and my friendship circles. My life in Toronto has been more rich and wonderful with all of you in it. I see the way that AEMMA members (and their significant others) put so much of themselves into bettering our school, as well as each other. Community means the world to me, and I am so grateful for the ways AEMMA fosters that with its members.
I want to thank Brian McIlmoyle for welcoming me. Even before I moved to Toronto, you always welcomed me into the space when I was visiting Toronto from Vancouver.
I want to thank the Free Scholars of the academy who all have their own different ways of teaching, explaining, and honing the arts that we practice. Each of you have given me so many insights into my training and have helped me grow so much this past year. Kelly Rekuta, you have helped me understand the art of Abrazzare with a no-nonsense approach. You've never let me get away with half-assed and have driven me to always strive to do better and be better. You've made me push myself harder, while also giving me permission to step out when I needed to. Aldo Valente, you have an incredible gift for encouraging your students. You find the ways to tell them what they are doing well, while also showing them where they need to improve. As a student it is easy to get so wrapped up in your own head and to get frustrated; you have a way of breaking that through your humour, encouragement, and a kindness that makes you a wonderful teacher. It's easy to be comfortable around you and to feel okay with piecing together things in a manner that still needs tweaking. Aaron Joseph Bolarinho, you have put hours of work in one-on-one with me to help me understand and convey the art of the Dagger. Your dedication to Fiore's Art, to AEMMA, and to each and every Scholar is admirable. You are dedicated to growing more competent and knowledgeable students and instructors at our school. The work you do to achieve this never ceases to amaze me. You truly uphold what it means to be a Free Scholar.
Every single one of you have welcomed me- and my ideas- into your community. You have given me the opportunity to teach my fitness classes- something that brings me extreme joy and purpose. I have had the distinct pleasure and honour to help students become fitter, more flexible, and more confident in how their bodies move. The growth I have seen in the people that regularly attend my classes is nothing short of inspiring. It is this which pushes me on even the hardest and most challenging of days to get up and keep going.
To my fellow Scholars, New Recruits, and training companions: you help me every day to be a better student, teacher, and practitioner. Many of you have become friends that I wouldn't want to picture my life in Toronto without. I truly hope that my interactions with you over the last year have conveyed how much I appreciate each and every one of you through my words, and most importantly, my deeds. You have challenged and encouraged me. I couldn't ask for anything more.
Thank you all, SO MUCH, from the bottom of my heart. Being a part of AEMMA is something I am proud of and dedicated to. You welcomed me into your community and have given me such a gift and I hope I have put back as much as I have received over the last year. I am looking forward to continuing to grow with you all over the coming years.
Kimberleigh Smithbower Roseblade
I'm posting this here because I believe that this needs sharing, and I feel that reaching out here will be more effective as 90% of my whopping twenty friends don't have HEMA as an interest. As well, the content of Thrand's YouTube channel should be of interest to many in this community.
A YouTube channel named ThegnThrand, who does a lot of testing with medieval weapons and armor has been terminated, apparently over a couple of videos several years ago about 11th century "ninja firepots" which he would have taken down without dispute. Instead, they suspended/terminated his channel without so much as a warning.
To the moderators of the group, if you feel that this is spam and choose to take it down, I won't object. I suppose most of us also follow Matt Easton anyway. :)
Aaron Joseph Bolarinho:
While I dont like the channel myself, it is clearly the principle of the matter that is important. AEMMA has a lot of important stuff on Youtube; I personally signed the petition first thing this morning. (7 hours ago)
AEMMA Guelph folks - those of you who were lucky enough to be in on the first delivery - your swords have arrived - I will bring to practice tonight
Aaron Joseph Bolarinho:
woo! (7 hours ago)
Art.. does not necessarily depict reality, it's true today, it was true in the past. 2 (11 hours ago)
Membership Update AEMMA Toronto . We are updating our membership and payment system so I need to update everyone's information and make sure we have everything correct. Over the next 2 weeks please take the time to come see me personally so I can update payment information. We are moving away from paypal as a payment system. Paypal does not integrate to our payment system so it creates a lot of manual work and many issues of errors. Our payment system can now accept credit card payments if this is preferred.
So this is what I want to do.
1. have everyone complete a new registration form to ensure we have current information
2. update and confirm the method of payment we are currently using ( if you are using paypal, this will end. either bring your CC or a Pre-authorized payment form or Void Check from your bank and we will set it up. If you think you are on pre-authorized, please bring in the banking information that should be used. just so that I can be certain we have it correct
3. make sure we actually have you properly registered and in our system.
Even if you recently became a member we will still do this.
We can start this process this week on Wednesday. I will be found in the office after class.
Sorry for any inconvenience this causes , this will be an one time event as we update and improve our systems to serve you better!
Sorry I could not make it in last night.. we can start this Monday. (4 days ago)
As I study for my test, the internet offers me a suggestion of how much time I should be spending on what.
If he had written this in our time , we would be like "So George, tell us who you really feel ? " . (6 days ago)Kevin Bradbury:
LOL. I just read Paradoxes of Defense the other day. He sure hated the Rapier. (6 days ago)Dan Young:
now most people just replace their hate for the rapier with hate for the katana lmfao 2 (6 days ago)Brev Foggie:
He's my favourite racist asshole. 3 (6 days ago)Aaron Joseph Bolarinho:
This graph is re: the Paradoxes of Defence right? Cause the Brief instructions is like....over 75% plays, and the rest is basically a bunch of pretty tight theory. 2 (1 day ago)
Guelph made a video!
You'll notice some people where chainmail in practices. We should have a announcemen: "AEMMA Guelph, now in armour!" 2 (22 hours ago)
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1. The Sword of Saint Galgano One night the Archangel Michael appeared in a dream to Sir Galgano and beckoned to him to follow, for the Archangel would show him the path to God. The knight, surpris…
This is the longsword bout from this year's WMAW.
This bout raises an issue for me that has bugged me for years:
Why is it that the culture of demos at WMAW applauds double hits?
Double hits are objectively NOT applause-worthy (indeed...quite the opposite) - and yet they consistently get applause from the assembled spectators.
There ARE lots of great passes at the WMAW demos, and there are lots of exchanges that DO deserve applause and recognition...yes. yes 1000%.
However, I contend that the applauding of double kills works against the dignity of the WHOLE demo event. You would think that either the assembled company would refuse to applaud doubles....and indeed choose fencers for the demos that would not continuously double!?
Before anyone calls me a mean-spirited douche - no, I am not talking about the bouts that had 1 double and that's it. Sure....they occasionally happen (even then they are not praiseworthy).
This longsword bout - as an example, has no fewer than SEVEN doubles (only 4 clean hits) out of a total of 11 hits.
That is a clear majority of hits that are double kills.
I realise that it is embarrassing as an audience member to be party to an embarrassing situation (so perhaps because 1 person claps everyone claps), but I mean really.
In the end, no perhaps it doesnt matter, and perhaps it is all for fun, and perhaps blah blah blah.
I still think they should direct people not to applaud double-kills in the demos for next year.
Since it is the demo vids that get the widest shares on youtube (and thus create a reputation of the event for those of us who were not there), all the constant clapping makes it LOOK LIKE the group is just engaged in a large communal back-patting session. It is not just me who gets that impression.
If this is NOT what the event was really like (as I trust, it was not)....to avoid that giving that reputation for those of us who could not make it, stopping the double-hit clapping would go a very, very long way.
It just looks really, really bad.
My two cents.
*further disclaimer - no, WMAW is not the only place were unworthy applause happens. This doesnt excuse it of course...but no, I am not picking on them.
*further further disclaimer - "if you think you are so good, why dont you do a demo" - IF I did, I would not want anyone to clap for any doubles of mine...and indeed would feel insulted if that happened. Further, if I had a public DEMO with a majority of doubles I would be beyond embarrassed. But WHO does the demo isnt really the point is it? Bad fencing should not be publically lauded, and we can all agree that doubles are bad fencing.
* FFF Disclaimer - I am sure all the workshops at WMAW were wonderful!
Longsword demo fight
I agree with you.
Also, that weird jumpy things the fenced in the left did near the beginning... WTF was that. More people should have laughed at that. Fencers should be embarrassed by such things. 1 (1 month ago)Xian Niles:
C'mon guy...the world's top longsword fencers go through a string of double hits now and then. Why... it's fencing. It's all for points, nothing is sharp. Be aware that people look at your "fencing"videos as an organization and say the same thing. These various combat systems have been dead for centuries. We don't know how these fights or duels actually took place. We weren't there. At best we are guessing. Think people need to wake up and realize fencing and trying to assault someone with a sword are two completely different things. I'm pretty sure if someone tried to kill you with a sword you would die or be seriously messed up in the process. This isn't a dig at you per say but we all have to differentiate between what some if not the majority of us do in training halls versus having to survive an attack. As a collective group we need to put in the work rather than compete and think we have it figured out and learn to enjoy these sportive displays for what they are. 1 (1 month ago)David M. Cvet:
I agree. Double-strikes should not be applauded. Personally, the bout should end immediately. 4 (1 month ago)Jurgen Griegoschewski:
The hopping and foot stomping was a bit disconcerting . But on a lighter note . Dinosaurs with swords !! 1 (1 month ago)Jacqui Miller:
I also thought the footwork a tad florid and effusive; certainly not an optimal conservation of time or energy. And correct me if I err, but are double kills not usually the product of 2 determined agents and no patient? 1 (1 month ago)Shawn Zirger:
Uhm.... (1 month ago)David M. Cvet:
I just watched the video and share similar sentiments. I really don't get the clapping. After all, the bout was pretty average for longsword fencing out there. 1 (1 month ago)Mark Amirault:
I'm annoyed by the fact I'm not fighting. 1 (1 month ago)Aldo Valente:
WOW (not in the good sense) (4 weeks ago)Dan Young:
the military arts arent exactly self defence lol there were a lot of suicide missions soldiers went on and still do (6 days ago)