Fri, Dec 18|
Raising the Dead? : Reconstructing Martial Arts from Written Sources
Reading a fencing book is not equivalent to training with the master who wrote it. The loss of cultural context across centuries only adds to the challenge of understanding. Based on his essay in the recent "Meditations on HEMA", Greg looks at how we raise a martial art from the dead.
Time & Location
Dec 18, 2020, 7:00 PM CST
About the Event
By definition, HEMA is a process of trying to breathe life into dead bones, as even the most detailed written work cannot match a living exponent available to answer a student's every question from the authority of living experience. Within these limitations, how do we set out to answer questions that a given source(s) leave unanswered? Based on his essay in the recent "Meditations on HEMA", Greg looks at this question and the role of contemporary traditions, lineal descendants, artwork and more in the never-ending process of trying to raise the dead.