Guys with Swords-Sign Me Up

When I started writing Knightless in Seattle, I wanted my character to meet a Knight in Shining Armor in present-day Seattle. I didn’t have far to look for how that could actually happen.

(Don’t try this at home)

I have a daughter who regularly participates in LARP- Live Action Role Play (more about that in future posts). Among the people she has met are guys who like their swords. Real swords, that is. I met one of them, a perfectly normal guy you’d pass on the street and never guess spends some serious time taking Historical European Martial Arts classes in fencing, and is quite good at it by the way.

Let’s face it- guys (and some of us girls) love their weapons- the bigger, the badder the better! Even though there isn’t a lot of call these days for wielding a broadsword, a mace or a pole-axe, plenty of people spend their free time learning to wield these bad ass weapons.

Medieval Martial Arts isn’t for sissies, and it’s not for people looking to ‘look cool’ in movies or plays. It’s serious business, and the people who teach it are dedicated to keeping alive the traditions and methods of medieval combat.

If you have always wanted to learn how to use a longsword, spear, short staff, dagger, sickle, messer (dare I ask?) or rapier, you can go sign up for classes at your local neighborhood HEMA academy, or join a club, because lucky for you, there was a huge revival of interest in this whole thing in the early 1990s. There are associations and organizations and resources available, and the internet makes it easier than ever to find them and plug in.

I did a quick search on the internet and turned up a large Southern California presence- but there are schools all over the country. And they like to hold tournaments and competitions (a big one is held in Las Vegas). Awesome!

In Los Angeles, The Academy of Arms instructors, like many self-respecting HEMA academies, teach a curriculum drawn directly from historical texts of the 14th and 16th centuries. You should check them out, they have some great videos.

Their stated goal is “to revive these lost arts by increasing awareness and inspiring a passion for this rich period of history.” They offer both Recreational and Historical track levels of classes where you can learn to use all the badass medieval weapons you could dream of.

So if you thought (like me) that Knights didn’t exist in this day and age, then let my book, Knightless in Seattle, and HEMA prove you wrong!

    One Comment

  1. Oh, very cool! I didn’t know these classes existed. It’s nice to see people keeping traditions alive. Thanks for posting this.

  2. Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  3. With thanks. I like this.
    https://www.viagrawithoutdoctorntx.com/
    viagra gay men
    buy viagra
    viagra and toprol
    generic viagra

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  4. Seriously a good deal of excellent information.
    https://www.viagrawithoutadoctorsmim.com/
    taking viagra before penis pumping
    generic viagra
    russia buy viagra
    generic viagra

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  5. Superb information, With thanks!
    https://www.genericviagracubarx.com/
    get viagra on the nhs
    viagra 100mg
    what if i took viagra
    viagra for women

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  6. You have made the point!
    https://www.viagrawithoutdoctorntx.com/
    viagra ordering
    buy viagra online
    viagra racial discrimination
    buy generic viagra

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  7. Reliable content. Thank you.
    https://www.viagrawithoutdoctormsn.com/
    viagra the other drug
    viagra 100mg
    is order viagra online illegal
    buy viagra online

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  8. Really quite a lot of very good info!
    https://www.viagrawithoutdoctormsn.com/
    generic viagra caverta sildenafil for
    generic viagra
    blog viagra
    viagra pills

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  9. Amazing tons of wonderful knowledge!
    https://www.genericviagracubarx.com/
    viagra and hemmroids
    generic viagra online
    old men asian women viagra
    viagra pills

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  10. You actually revealed that perfectly.
    https://www.viagrawithoutadoctorsmim.com/
    viagra online huge discounts
    viagra online
    is generic viagra avaible in india
    buy generic viagra

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  11. Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  12. Appreciate it. Quite a lot of data!

    https://www.viagrawithoutdoctorbnt.com/
    how do i use viagra
    viagra for women
    viagra and money order
    viagra online

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  13. Whoa tons of wonderful information.
    https://www.viagrawithoutdoctormsn.com/
    viagra and alcohol consumption
    viagra 100mg
    song written about viagra
    viagra for women

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  14. Good facts. Appreciate it.
    https://www.viagrawithoutdoctorntx.com/
    viagra online canada
    viagra 100mg
    viagra high bloodpressure
    viagra for women

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  15. Cheers, Very good stuff!
    https://www.viagrawithoutdoctormsn.com/
    viagra news edinburgh comment search
    buy viagra
    prescription viagra written
    viagra 100mg

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  16. Thanks a lot. Quite a lot of postings.

    https://www.viagrawithoutdoctorbnt.com/
    cheapest 50mg generic viagra
    generic viagra 100mg
    caution funny viagra
    viagra for women

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  17. Nicely put, With thanks.
    https://www.genericviagracubarx.com/
    pharmacy viagra fuerteventura
    viagra online
    viagra and cancer
    viagra for women

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  18. You actually revealed that terrifically.
    https://www.viagrawithoutdoctormsn.com/
    porn viagra cialis
    viagra without a doctor prescription
    silagra generic viagra cumwithuscom
    generic viagra online

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  19. Kudos. I like it!
    https://www.viagrawithoutdoctorbnt.com/
    viagra and erections
    cheap viagra
    uk alternative viagra
    buy generic viagra

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  20. Terrific content. Kudos.
    https://www.viagrawithoutdoctorntx.com/
    comparison between vardenafil cialis and viagra
    viagra pills
    when viagra doesn’t work
    cheap viagra

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  21. You said it perfectly.!
    https://www.viagrawithoutadoctorsmim.com/
    propecia sexual side effects take viagra
    viagra for sale uk
    natural viagra scam
    generic viagra 100mg

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  22. With thanks, A good amount of data!

    https://www.genericviagracubarx.com/
    cheap viagra no perscription
    buy viagra online
    viagra grapefruit
    viagra for sale uk

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  23. Thank you. Valuable information.
    https://www.viagrawithoutdoctorbnt.com/
    overnight shipping viagra soft
    cheap viagra
    viagra board
    viagra for sale uk

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  24. You said it very well.!
    https://www.viagrawithoutdoctorbnt.com/
    viagra for wemen
    buy viagra online
    healthy loss viagra weight
    generic viagra 100mg

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  25. Fantastic advice. Thank you.
    https://www.viagrawithoutdoctorbnt.com/
    viagra and lisinopril interaction
    cheap viagra
    cialis beter dan viagra
    generic viagra 100mg

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  26. Thanks a lot! Loads of facts.

    https://www.genericviagracubarx.com/
    enzyte compared to viagra
    viagra pills
    viagra without prescription uk
    generic viagra online

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  27. Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  28. Incredible loads of helpful knowledge!
    https://www.viagrawithoutdoctormsn.com/
    edinburgh 17 find viagra sites pages
    generic viagra online
    liquid legal viagra
    generic viagra online

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  29. You expressed this superbly.
    https://www.viagrawithoutdoctorbnt.com/
    erection on viagra
    buy viagra online
    viagra erektile dysfunktion diagnostik
    viagra for sale uk

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  30. You have made your point extremely well!.
    https://www.viagrawithoutdoctorntx.com/
    edinburgh uk viagra tid news moo
    viagra pills
    will viagra lower your blood pressure
    viagra without a doctor prescription

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  31. Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  32. Wow tons of excellent tips.
    https://www.viagrawithoutdoctormsn.com/
    how safe is viagra from canada
    buy generic viagra
    viagra quality of life
    generic viagra 100mg

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  33. Seriously many of awesome data.
    https://www.viagrawithoutdoctormsn.com/
    how long has viagra been out
    viagra pills
    taking both viagra and cialis
    generic viagra 100mg

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  34. Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  35. Terrific facts. Thanks a lot.
    https://www.viagrawithoutdoctorntx.com/
    bootleg viagra from real
    buy generic viagra
    ciallis or viagra
    generic viagra 100mg

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  36. You mentioned it exceptionally well.
    https://www.viagrawithoutdoctorbnt.com/
    garlic better than viagra
    buy viagra
    viagra on an empty stomach
    viagra without a doctor prescription

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  37. Really all kinds of superb knowledge!
    https://www.viagrawithoutdoctormsn.com/
    what demographic uses viagra
    buy viagra online
    should you exercise after taking viagra
    buy viagra online

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  38. Awesome stuff. With thanks.
    https://www.viagrawithoutadoctorsmim.com/
    generic viagra cipla
    viagra 100mg
    what if i took viagra
    viagra pills

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  39. Whoa many of great material!
    https://www.viagrawithoutdoctorbnt.com/
    mac email spam viagra male enhancement
    generic viagra
    viagra bournemouth ads kamagra
    viagra for sale uk

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  40. Great facts, Cheers!
    https://www.viagrawithoutadoctorsmim.com/
    free sex video man viagra hard
    generic viagra
    online sellers of cialis and viagra
    generic viagra

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  41. This is nicely said. .
    https://www.viagrawithoutadoctorsmim.com/
    herbal viagra in the uk
    buy viagra
    anyone order viagra online blog
    buy viagra

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  42. Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  43. Wow many of helpful advice!
    https://www.viagrawithoutdoctorntx.com/
    viagra nogales
    cheap viagra
    viagra pay with paypal
    buy viagra

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  44. Good content. Cheers.
    https://www.viagrawithoutadoctorsmim.com/
    usps delivery viagra
    buy viagra online
    red and yellow chinese viagra
    cheap viagra

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  45. Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  46. You made the point!
    https://www.viagrawithoutdoctorbnt.com/
    taking viagra with tramadol
    viagra generic
    viagra in the water mp3
    viagra for sale uk

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  47. Reliable postings. Thank you!
    https://www.viagrawithoutdoctorntx.com/
    does cvs minute clinic offer viagra
    viagra pills
    generic cialis viagra
    generic viagra online

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  48. With thanks, Awesome information!
    https://www.viagrawithoutdoctormsn.com/
    generic viagra tadalafil
    generic viagra 100mg
    viagra half dose or full strength
    buy generic viagra

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  49. Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  50. You made the point.
    https://www.genericviagracubarx.com/
    natural sources viagra
    viagra online
    viagra sales in south africa
    viagra generic

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  51. Thank you! Plenty of material.

    https://www.viagrawithoutadoctorsmim.com/
    loss of vision viagra
    viagra without a doctor prescription
    lowest viagra price at online pharmacy
    viagra online

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  52. This is nicely expressed. .
    https://www.viagrawithoutdoctorntx.com/
    buy brand name viagra
    viagra generic
    how to buy viagra for cheap
    viagra for sale uk

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  53. Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  54. Point certainly taken!!
    https://www.viagrawithoutdoctorntx.com/
    viagra demo video
    generic viagra 100mg
    g postmessage viagra guest reply
    generic viagra online

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  55. Kudos! Fantastic stuff!
    https://www.viagrawithoutdoctorntx.com/
    viagra and child conception
    viagra pills
    free viagra 2007 jelsoft enterprises ltd
    viagra pills

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  56. Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  57. Incredible lots of valuable advice!
    https://www.viagrawithoutdoctormsn.com/
    viagra and schedule
    generic viagra 100mg
    apcalis generic viagra
    cheap viagra

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  58. Perfectly spoken without a doubt. !
    https://www.genericviagracubarx.com/
    when did viagra come out
    viagra without a doctor prescription
    generic viagra buy form
    buy generic viagra

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  59. Amazing tons of helpful facts!
    https://www.viagrawithoutdoctormsn.com/
    phizer viagra made in canada
    viagra 100mg
    case study viagra
    viagra for women

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  60. Wow loads of beneficial facts.
    https://www.viagrawithoutdoctorntx.com/
    viagra de ke esta echa
    cheap viagra
    viagra before pumping
    viagra without a doctor prescription

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  61. Thanks! Plenty of forum posts.

    https://www.viagrawithoutdoctorbnt.com/
    viagra penis pics
    viagra for women
    viagra atheletes
    viagra pills

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  62. Whoa quite a lot of valuable tips.
    https://www.viagrawithoutdoctorbnt.com/
    buy viagra per pill
    viagra for women
    travis chimp viagra
    viagra online

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  63. Wow quite a lot of helpful knowledge!
    https://www.viagrawithoutadoctorsmim.com/
    viagra intermittant
    generic viagra
    diltiazem and viagra
    buy viagra

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  64. You actually stated this well!
    https://www.viagrawithoutdoctorntx.com/
    viagra effects on women
    generic viagra
    viagra 100 free shipping
    viagra without a doctors prescription

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  65. Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  66. You actually revealed that superbly.
    https://www.viagrawithoutdoctorntx.com/
    viagra user reviews
    generic viagra online
    viagra 50 mg store in canada
    viagra for sale uk

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  67. Thank you. I enjoy it.
    http://viagrapego.com/
    epinephrine for viagra overdose
    generic viagra 100mg
    best deal on viagra
    viagra pills

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  68. Good posts, Cheers.
    http://viagrapego.com/
    viagra sales from canadian pharmacy
    generic viagra
    safe maximum viagra dosage
    viagra without a doctors prescription

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  69. Awesome data, With thanks.
    http://viagrapego.com/
    between difference levitra viagra
    viagra pills
    viagra samples videos
    generic viagra online

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  70. Nicely put. Thank you.
    http://viagrawithoutadoctormsn.com/
    viagra voor vrouwen uit
    generic viagra online
    aol sending viagra emails
    generic viagra 100mg

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  71. Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  72. Superb write ups. Thanks a lot.
    http://viagrawithoutadoctorsntx.com/
    viagra dicks
    generic viagra 100mg
    cheapest generic viagra sent overnight
    viagra for women

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  73. Thanks a lot, A good amount of information.

    http://viagrawithoutadoctormsn.com/
    viagra sales numbers
    generic viagra 100mg
    generic viagra wholesale fast delivery
    generic viagra

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  74. You suggested this effectively!
    http://viagrawithoutadoctorsntx.com/
    whats works levitra cialis or viagra
    generic viagra 100mg
    celebrity endorsments viagra
    generic viagra 100mg

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  75. Your comment is awaiting moderation.
  76. Kudos! I appreciate this!
    http://viagrawithoutadoctormsn.com/
    discount viagra online
    viagra 100mg
    buy herbal viagra jellies
    viagra pills

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *