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The Theory and Practice of Historical Martial Arts

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‘Benefit from the experience of one of the most accomplished experts in the field. A must-read for beginners and advanced practitioners alike.’ Roland Warzecha, DIMICATOR

The warriors, knights and duellists of old depended on their skill at arms for their lives.
You can learn their techniques and tactics too.
From renowned swordsman and teacher Guy Windsor comes an indisp
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Kindle Edition, 346 pages
Published April 6th 2018 by Spada Press
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Colin Darby
Mar 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Original posted to blog: https://c0d5579.blogspot.com/2021/03/...

Guy Windsor's "The Theory and Practice of Historical Martial Arts" is a useful addition to any swordsman's bookshelf - not merely because Windsor himself is a world-class swordsman, but because one of the things he does well in the book is break down how to develop a training program, both at the individual and club level, from developing a core drill to developing a whole curriculum of instruction.

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Sean
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great HEMA book for beginners for sure. Useful for its overview of the historical records alone, this work also contains lots of advice to benefit anyone planning a fitness or martial arts training regime. Also of note is the information on creating and teaching HEMA curriculum.

A little obsessed with breathing exercises for my taste, but otherwise a helpful work!
Tom
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this and I am sure that it will help me with my HEMA journey. Clear and concise, chapters are well put together and there is a wealth of information from how to teach HEMA all the way though to diet and sleeping. Some sections I enjoyed more than others but overall a well put together manual.
Alex
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good, broad overview of different aspects of swordsmanship as a martial art with all necessary links to sources for further study.

I never took martial arts books seriously before, but this one is so well researched that i had to change my mind.
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