HEMA Thoughts: Armor or Unarmored

As I’ve noted before, I don’t think the swordplay aspects of Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) has much real-world applicability. But it’s also cool as hell.

With that in mind, I see myself using it as a pretty important part of my training going forward.

While looking into groups, I found that my closest group–a couple within reasonable driving range for the occasional class–does things a little different than most. They place an emphasis on the historical nature of things, including fighting in armor.

That led me to ask, “Do I want to fool with armored fighting?”

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Five Reasons Chocolate Cake Is Good For You

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Sometimes, food and diet is a weird and tricky thing. A great example is eggs. We keep getting conflicting information as to whether eggs are good for us or bad for us. People are confused about them and it’s hard to blame folks.

But it also seems that chocolate cake, something often maligned as bad for us may actually turn out to be healthy. Let’s talk about why.

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The Dangerous Nature Of ‘Ideal Weight’

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A lot of times, when someone is first starting to try and combat their weight, they take to the internet and look up their ideal weight. They want to know just what they’re supposed to weigh for their height.

After all, don’t doctors use this? Isn’t this closely tied to the Body Mass Index (BMI)?

To some extent, that’s true. But focusing on your ideal weight can be dangerous at the end of the day.

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Using HEMA In Real Life: Where To Start

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When people familiar with Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA), their first thoughts tend to be using a sword. It’s certainly mine. However, as I noted earlier this week, HEMA in real life can totally work for self-defense.

Unfortunately, it’s not just so easy as hitting up the internet, watching some YouTube videos on HEMA, and getting rolling.

No, you need to know where to start. As such, here are my thoughts on viable places to begin HEMA training if you’re interested in real-world applications.

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What’s Missing From Most Western Training Methods

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I’m generally not someone who automatically assumes we in the West have gotten it all wrong. I’ve known people through the year who are convinced that anything that comes from India, or the East in general, is somehow superior, more “right” than anything we do in this part of the world.

Again, I’m not one of them.

Hell, part of what I liked about DDP Yoga was that it was all the exercise without the mumbo jumbo.

But what if some mumbo jumbo is something we all need to add to our training, particularly our combat training?

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Why I Stopped Dismissing Bodyweight Training

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For a long time, I refused to do any bodyweight training. I didn’t like it. I didn’t enjoy the idea of doing pushups and pull-ups. Especially because, for a lot of that time, I couldn’t really¬†do any of those.

However, I’ve come to recognize a few things, including a little bit about myself. In particular, my formerly snobbish attitude on bodyweight training.

Now, I think it’s a solid method of training and here are some of the advantages of it. These are all things you should at least think about when it comes to training modalities.

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HEMA For The Real World?

The other day, I wrote about Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) and how they can be useful for us today.

At the time, I figured the real-world applications for HEMA was limited to shoulder and wrist mobility. After all, we’re talking about sword fighting. Who the hell uses a sword these days?

But, truth be told, I might have been a little hasty.

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Martial Arts As An Approach To Bullying

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There are a lot of people in this world who have had to deal with bullying. I won’t speculate as to which ways of dealing with it are more positive and which ones aren’t. I’m not remotely qualified to do so.

However, I came across a story earlier about an Australian study that looked at how martial arts training was beneficial to the victims of bullying. That got my gear turning just a bit.

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Building A Training Philosophy

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If you had to tell someone what your training philosophy was, could you?

I had the question pop up a couple of days ago and I kind of had to think about it. The reason? Because I haven’t really thought about it.

You see, I have an overall philosophy for how I think people should face the world, but that’s different. When it comes to training, I wasn’t sure I even had a training philosophy.

Hell, I wasn’t even sure what they were asking me. Once I did, I realized I needed to build one.

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Metabolic Damage And Why I’m Not Worrying About The Scale Anymore

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What is “metabolic damage?” That may be what you’re asking right now. I get it.

Metabolic damage is a term used to describe a series of metabolic adaptations to dieting. In particular, adaptations which drive caloric requirements well below typical maintenance levels for a given body weight.

Some people don’t think it’s a real thing. I tend to disagree.

Why?

Because I’m pretty sure I’m suffering from metabolic damage right now.

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