From the Blog

  • Big sword hits fencing mask in slow motion!

    Now that I have your attention I wanted to talk to you about testing mask mesh quality for fencing and for the sport of HEMA. My name is Jacek Bujko. I have been helping Leon Paul develop a HEMA range of fencing equipment. I started fencing at a local sports club when I was twenty and then studied Historical European Martial Arts in Poland for a couple of years before eventually settling down with my own recreational fencing club. I am a huge...
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  • Hot fencer in uniform!

    The other day I had a hot thought…… Can we see if there is a measurable difference between how much heat different uniforms retain? My conclusion was that yes, we can. Recently the FIE and Leon Paul did experiments on various uniforms using an amazing mannequin from EMPA in Switzerland, a specialist in testing clothing. The amazing temperature sensing mannequin from EMPA wearing and testing different fencing uniforms. The mannequin c...
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  • Remembering Squadron Leader Tommy Pinkham, Royal Air Force

    "Never was so much owed by so many to so few" Winston Churchill-August 20, 1940 This story doesn’t really have much to do with fencing, but I want to share it with you anyway. It was in 2006, I’d flown to London for work. I was staying with Barry Paul and his wife Joan, who live near the Brent Reservoir in Wembley. Barry is Leon Paul’s grandson and now owns the Leon Paul Fencing Equipment Company. In his day, Barry was a 5 time National F...
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  • What’s Your Game?

    Varying motivations bring people to HEMA. Understanding these can help you attract and retain training partners by by ensuring that everyone’s needs are met. A while back, I suggested giving The Inner Game of Tennis a read. One lesson from it that I touched on was the idea of different motivations and goals in playing tennis. Or, in our case, in historical fencing. Gallwey calls these “Games People Play”, and gives four main types, each wit...
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