All Green Lanterns from Earth have an unspoken rule: whenever they come across a Martian relic, they are to immediately share is with J'onn. He appreciates their sympathy. However, he doesn’t have the heart to tell them that all Martian artifacts were obliterated with the rest of his race, and whatever they find is actually a cheap knockoff. Still- it’s the thought that counts.
From April onwards we will be posting an interview with one of our members on our website monthly. In this way, we hope to show the world what is happening in the Dutch world of H.E.M.A.
Majken Roelfszema is our first candidate. This 22 year old longsword fencer won a silver medal in the ladies competition in Helsinki, making her the first Dutch woman to win a medal in a Nordic League Competition. Having become curious about what motivates her as a fencer, we decided to ask her a few questions.
How did you end up in H.E.M.A.?
In my second study year a friend of mine wanted to go to sword fighting training, but didn’t know anybody there. Very scary of course. So, he asked if I wanted to join him and I did. I stayed because of the great group of people. Only later did I learn what H.E.M.A. is all about and did I realize it’s fantastic.
Where do you train and what do you train?
I mostly train in longsword with a focus on Ringeck at MARS in northern Netherlands. Sometimes we also train with dagger and ringen. In the past year we have trained a lot with dussack in our free hour, and we also organized a dussack tournament when one of our oldest members left.
What do you like about your club/school/organization?
MARS has very friendly atmosphere but also trains hard. The shared fascination for this sport, love for pushups and the great group dynamic make MARS the best sports club that exists, to me.
What do you train for?
I train because I want to be a better swordfighter. That includes wanting to be physically fit, have good control and balance and wanting to be able to use the right technique at the right moment. Tournaments, to me, are an important way to test if I have mastered techniques under pressure, and to see how fast I can make choices.
Do you also study manuscripts?
I bought my first book about swordfighting not too long ago, which I am currently studying. I’ve also studied the zettel. I wouldn’t say that I’ve studied a lot of manuscripts, but I expect to be spending more time doing so.
What are your ambitions?
I’d like to win a tournament, but above all I think it’s important to fight, according to my own definitions, technically. That means, amongst other things, trying to take the vor only when I can (and when I have it) and not by simply trying to be faster.
What are your expectations for the future of H.E.M.A.?
H.E.M.A. will continue to grow. I think H.E.M.A. will come to be seen as a real sport more and more, partially because instructors are becoming more official and structured. However, I do hope that we will keep plenty of room for discussion about manuscripts and about what specific movement is used by what specific bit of text. Apart from that, I hope that there will never be an official European or World Championship, because the tournament structure as it is now has its charm, but also because it’s very difficult to determine what makes a good swordfighter.
What are you proud of?
A while ago, I had a lot of difficulty getting the hang of swordfighting, and I thought about quitting. I didn’t. Besides that, I started off thinking pushups were horrible, but by now I enjoy them and wouldn’t want to miss them. Burpees, on the other hand, haven’t won me over yet.
What is your dream?
It’s my dream to be a serious contender at Swordfish in a couple of years. I’d like to be able to see the big names like Kristian Ruokonen and Carl Ryrberg as rivals.
We thank Majken for her time and wish her a lot of luck!
Been swimming around this theory with a bunch of people since the first teasers for Suicide Squad and Dawn of Justice. With the release of the SS figures and them continuing to showcase the shoulder scars i’m confident the theory that Jason Todd is Leto’s Joker can very well be plausible.
-“20 years in Gotham, how many good guys are left” -“how many stayed that way”
Joker is older than batman (in most canon), since when does an old guy have a perfect hairline, dress like a clubber and get tattoos?
-teeth busted by the pry bar beating he took from the original Joker and has to have grills now -went nuts after being tortured by the real joker -has a DAMAGED tattoo on his forehead because he was DAMAGED by the original joker -has a dead robin tattoo on his arm -shoulder scars from bullets coinciding with the old robin suit -J tattoo’d on is face, just like Jasons brand
the tattoos could have also been done by the original joker, to brand Jason and solidify his new position as acting Joker
-YOU LET YOUR FAMILY DIE
-HAHA, JOKE’S ON YOU BATMAN written on his old suit