Journal of Western Martial Art
Volume 2002

Archived Articles

11/02 In Memorium R. Ewart Oakeshott 1916-2002
Ewart Oakeshott, 86, a leading authority on European arms and armour, died last month. He loved handling swords, says The Daily Telegraph in his obituary, and was involved in historical re-enactments of battle scenes.
10/02 David M. Cvet - Summary of the 4th International WMAW
The magnificant tradition of the Western Martial Arts Workshop was secured with yet another successful WMAW weekend hosted by the Chicago Swordplay Guild at a retreat on the shores of Lake Michigan in a gothic revival setting of Racine, Wisconsin approximately 1.5 hours north of Chicago.
10/02 J. Christoph Amberger - Martial Art and Pastime of Fops: How Fashion and Social Issues Shaped Modern Fencing
This is the first part of a series of articles exploring the influences of social and status consciousness that shaped the ancient western martial Art of Defence into modern fencing.
06/02 Robert Lovett - Principles of Fiore Dei Liberi's Martial System
Fiore dei Liberi of Cividale d'Austria was a medieval swordsmaster, born sometime between 1340 and 1350 in Cividale del Friuli, a small town on the river Natisone in Italy. This article is based on his writings, specifically his treatise entitled "Flos Duellatorum" written between the years of 1409 and 1410.
02/02 David M. Cvet - Historical Martial Arts: Alive and Well
The article reviews some of the current developments internationally with respect to the reconstruction, study and the practice of historical Western martial arts.
01/02 Bartlomiej Walczak - The Importance of Studying Historical Treatises
The subject of Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) has so far been addressed only marginally both in the literature and in the Western martial arts community. Their traditions disappeared long ago and in contrast to the Eastern martial arts, with the sole exception of wrestling, HEMA cannot be reconstructed solely on the basis of any of today's modern combatitive sport.
01/02 David M. Cvet - Study of the Destructive Capabilities of the European Longsword
Much has been written and discussed across the historical European martial arts community in articles and forums on the subject of the value or lack of value of practice cutting employing sharp swords.


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, Executive Editor - JWMA and JManly
International Masters as Arms FederationDavid is the Founder and President of the Academy of European Medieval Martial Arts (AEMMA), an organization dedicated to the resurrection and formalization of medieval martial arts training systems. He received training in Milan, Italy employing steel weapons in longsword techniques and has participated in various organizations dedicated to studying the Middle Ages. His background and experience having fired his desire to pursue a formal medieval martial arts training program, he founded AEMMA in mid-1998. He is a member of the advisory board of the Swordplay Symposium International (SSI), an interdisciplinary colloquium of historical fencing specialists dedicated to promoting and advancing the study of Western swordsmanship, and participating board member of the Association for Historical Fencing (AHF). David received his appointment of free scholler in Oct, 2000 and the "Acknowledged Instructor" (AI) designation for armoured combat instruction in Oct, 2000 by the International Masters at Arms Federation (IMAF).
, Editor - JManly
Tony is a professional fight director and martial arts/stage combat tutor. Since 1978 he has traversed a wide range of Asian, Polynesian and European martial arts, with a particular interest in both European "folk styles" and the combatives of the late 1800s. He was a pioneer of padded-attacker self-defence training in his home country of New Zealand and serves as an advisor for several international martial arts and stage combat organisations.
Tony's fight direction and action sequences have been featured in over one hundred and seventy feature film, television, theatre, opera and ballet productions. Between 1998-2000 he served as the Fighting Styles Designer for Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movie trilogy and in 2002 he toured Japan with the Washington Opera Company's production of Otello starring Placido Domingo. Tony has taught, directed and performed throughout New Zealand, as well as in Australia, the USA, England, Ireland, Canada and Japan. He lives in Wellington, New Zealand with his son, Josh.

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