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1930 British Naval Cutlass Drill Performed By Naval Cadets - England

Film Issue Date: 21/07/1930
Location: HMS Warspite - Grays -Essex -England
Description: Naval Cadets perform a cutlass drill on the deck of the naval training ship HMS Warspite. This film footage does not capture the complete drill. This upload also includes a slow-motion take.

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1927 & 1934 Aldo Nadi’s Sword & Dagger Fencing System-Paris-France

Film Issue Dates: 07-10-1927 & 25-04-1934
Locations: Outside (1927) School ground France. Inside (1934) Salle Lacaze- Paris -France.
Description: This film is a combination of footage from 1927 and 1934 showing world champion swordsman Aldo Nadi’s sword and dagger fencing system. It includes some slow-motion takes.

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“Back to the Source”
It’s a real honour to appear alongside many wonderful members of the HEMA community as part of this new documentary by Cédric Hauteville on Historical European Martial Arts!
In a conversation that spans continents, we talk about our growing community, combining scholarship with athleticism and the challenges of reviving centuries-old source material into living martial art systems.
For anyone struggling to explain HEMA (and why you love it), here is your lexicon!
Post Note: I came across this later, renowned swordsman Oz talking on his YouTube channel about the awesome documentary and just how special it (and the making of it) actually is.

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1902 Single Stick Fencing On Horseback Contest -England

Film Date: 1902

Location: Batley Football Ground – West Yorkshire- England

Description: Single stick fencing on horseback in the form of a Balaclava Melee Contest* at a Military Tournament held at Batley Football Ground in 1902.

*Balaclava Melee Contest. A balaclava melee contest on horseback usually consisted of two teams of six helmeted riders armed with single sticks, which attempted to knock the plumes from their opponent’s helmets. The first team to be entirely de-plumed lost the match.

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(via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmTi-NGQNh8)


Kickstarted HEMA documentary, filmed and directed by Cedric Hauteville, with many of the HEMA celebrities you’ve seen around the world (and the internet)

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1902 Bayonet Versus Lance On Horseback Fencing - England

Film Date: 1902
Location: Batley Football Ground – West Yorkshire- England
Description: Bayonet on foot versus Lance on horseback bout at a Military Tournament held at Batley Football Ground in 1902.