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swordmates

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Grab a friend and escape in your backyard

Experience the thrill of swordplay at home with our complete packages including equipment and instruction.

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To conquer boredom, find an 8'X5' space to play, and we'll supply:

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  • Remote instruction for both you and your friend for safe training at home

  • 2 Training Swords, for you and a friend

  • 2 Fencing Masks and Gloves for extra safe practice

Packages Good for:

Buddies, Pandemic Bubble Cohorts, Siblings, Significant Others, or Parent and Kid. (we recommend at least one designated adult per pair. πŸ˜‰)

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Four Packages: It's Better With Friends!

  • Swordmates
    Plastic Trainers

    • 2 Plastic Longsword Trainers - Rawlings Brand, blunt, properly balanced and designed for sparring. Lighter than steel. Size is appropriate for both kids and adults.

    • 2 Fencing Masks rated for use with longswords, fundamental equipment for all fencers.

    • 2 Padded Gloves for light protection during practice. 

    • 3 Month "Medieval" Subscription to Longsword Video Instruction, including practice guides.

    $235 per person

    $470 Total

     

    Save $120 compared to purchasing separately

  • Swordmates + Live

    Plastic Trainers

    • 2 Plastic Longsword Trainers

    • 2 Fencing Masks

    • 2 Padded Gloves

    • UPGRADE: a 3 Month "Medieval + Live" Subscription with Video Instruction, as well as live online practice classes (up to 3X a week)

    • EXCLUSIVE UPGRADE: Taste of the Knightly Arts: a 20 lesson, live online course with an instructor. Only available through a Swordmates package!

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    For both live instruction options, use your web camera to get coaching and feedback during class! See schedule below.

    $375 per person

    $750 Total

     

    Save $300 compared to purchasing separately

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    Steel Trainers

    • 2 Steel Longsword Trainers with Scabbards - Tinker Brand, blunt, properly balanced and designed for sparring. Size and weight is appropriate for adults.

    • 2 bonus wall brackets to hanging your swords for display.

    • 2 Fencing Masks rated for use with longswords, fundamental equipment for all fencers.

    • 2 Padded Gloves for light protection during practice 

    • 3 Month "Medieval" Subscription to Longsword Video Instruction, including practice guides.

    $395 per person

    $790 Total

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    Save $126 compared to purchasing separately

  • Swordmates + Live

    Steel Trainers

    • 2 Steel Longsword Trainers with Scabbards

    • 2 Fencing Masks

    • 2 Padded Gloves

    • UPGRADE: a 3 Month "Medieval + Live" Subscription with Video Instruction, as well as live online practice classes (up to 3X a week)

    • EXCLUSIVE UPGRADE: Taste of the Knightly Arts: a 20 lesson, live online course with an instructor. Only available through a Swordmates package!

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    For both live instruction options, use your web camera to get coaching and feedback during class! See schedule below.

    $535 per person

    $1070 Total

     

    Save $306 compared to purchasing separately

Don't need everything in a package?

Visit our Plans & Pricing page for information on just the instruction. 

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Need some additional equipment?

Visit our Pro-Shop by HEMA Wear to fill in those gaps.

Live Class Schedule

Taste of the Knightly Arts

A live course with 20 lessons, 1 hour each.

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Starts:

Nov 16

Meets Mondays and Wednesdays

5:00 pm ET / 6 CT / 7 MT / 8 PT 

Drills for Skills

Meets
Mondays and Wednesdays:

11:45 pm ET /12:45 CT /1:45 MT /2:45 PT
 
Saturdays:

9:00 am ET /10 CT /11 MT /12 PT

Ongoing class of instructor lead solo practice of forms, cuts, and more.

30 minutes long.

Taste of the Knightly Arts

A live course with 20 lessons, 1 hour each.

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Starts:

Jan 4

Meets Mondays and Wednesdays

5:00 pm ET / 6 CT / 7 MT / 8 PT 

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How Does It Work?

Tell me about the training...

Video Training

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Picture this: You and your friend watch a video lesson. You try the footwork and swordwork, getting the feel for it.

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Whenever it suits your schedule, you meet to drill the next lesson together. You take turns: A designated person starts, and the other responds - slowly and gently at first - each person trying to be an accurate, reliable partner. Sometimes it works great, and sometime you're both chuckling at being imperfectly human. You're learning and growing in skill together.

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Discover questions? Pop up the video or open the handouts on your smartphone as a refresher.

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Live Online Training

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Picture this: You and your buddy meet up, and both join the web class with you laptop or smartphones. You watch as your instructor demonstrates today's lesson. As you practice, they call out some coaching tips, since they can see you through both your cameras, at two different angles. Maybe you ask a few questions, and get an answer complete with a quick demo. It all works better than expected.

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You may end up wanting more practice once class is over, and that's where the video lessons help out even more, reminding you of the drills and the techniques.

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Before long, you two are getting the hang of it. The sword is flowing, the techniques are working, and you feel pretty awesome.  Maybe you do some light, controlled sparing, thrilling in exercising your first skills at the longsword, and eager for the next challenge!

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More About Equipment:

When training, both partners should use swords of the same material. This is why we do not offer a mix of steel and plastic trainers together in the same package.

We've tried many synthetic trainers and recommend the Rawlings plastic longsword. It's much lighter than a steel weapon, but it's balanced properly. Its weight and its material makes it suitable for kids as well as adults.

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These plastic trainers are perfect for beginners with a smaller budget, younger partner, or nervous first-timer. And, you can skip cleaning and oiling. These can't rust!

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For more info, visit our ProShop.

Our steel swords are Tinker brand and were developed by HEMA practitioners for regular practice. All trainers have blunt edges and rounded tips. These are properly balanced, sturdy, and very affordable for steel. Paired with a scabbard, they make for stylish sword. As a bonus, we are including wall brackets to display your new prize possession.

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Care for these is the same as any steel weapon: keep it oiled!

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For more, visit our Pro-Shop at HEMA Wear.

The Three-Weapon fencing mask is a basic piece of equipment all fencers have. These are rated for use with longswords - both plastic and steel - and are suitable for the lessons provided with the Swordmates package.

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These are easy to get on and off, and perfect for beginning longsword students who are not yet sparring at full speed. As you advance in your studies you'll likely collect additional gear, but this piece will always be a go-to.

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For more information, such as sizing, visit our Pro-Shop.

A light set of padded leather gloves are great addition to any HEMA practitioner. These are easy to get on and off, and are good protection for the light contact drilling of beginners, without sacrificing dexterity.

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Like with the masks, this is a fundamental piece of equipment for students of all skill levels. As you advance in your studies, you will add other kinds of hand protection such as rigid plates or metal gauntlets, but these will never be obsolete for on-going practice.

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For info on sizing, visit our Pro-Shop.

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