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Thursday, May 30th, 2013
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For those new and signing up for the forums we would ask that you please let us know who you are, if you're affiliated with a club, if you're in the area... just give us some information about yourself! You are more than welcome to the forums, but on a practical note it also helps us to prevent spammers and do account cleanup. An unfortunate reality of having a forum is that some folks just like to get in to see what they can get away with and post lots of obnoxious sales pitches or see if they can get folks to unwittingly click on malicious links. So, to help keep things clean here it helps to let us know you're a real person with a real interest in HEMA. Without something to tell us otherwise I'll just assume you might be one of those spammers and just delete your account after a few days, and then you'd be stuck going through the whole registration process again. So help us to help keep you on the forum while we also try and quash those damned dirty apes... er... spammers and just give us a shout out here. (Or at the very least PM me.)

 

And welcome to the SDA NOLA forums!

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Saturday, June 7th, 2014
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Welcome!

We have a few posts on the forum about gear, and we have some loaner gear available, but you would primarily need (for men) an athlectic cup, we don't provide loners of those. ;) The next most important piece would it generally referred to as a three-weapons fencing mask. Gloves are also of particular importance as finger have a certain level of vulnerability. There are some lacrosse gloves that work acceptably, but if you really get into this we'd probably recommend something like the gloves from Black Lance (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Black-Lance-Technologies/359452327511506) or the Absolute or SPES gloves available from Purpleheart (http://www.woodenswords.com/Se.....p?Cat=1819). Further protection after that becomes more of a question of personal preference and weighing the dangers of heat exhaustion (when we have outdoor practices) against it and the weapon style. We wear light gloves, for example, and relatively minimal equipment when sparring with rapier or maybe when doing drills and working technique. Generally, though, most of the time we recommend elbow and knee pads and most folks will wear pads on the forearms.

We work with a variety of simulators (we even used padded weapons and modified shinai for a while, but there are much better options available these days), mostly using the nylon wasters available from Purpleheart, and various brands of steel for advanced work.

As for training, we are more of a study group than school in the sense that we don't have scheduled classes or the like. It's much more loose and far more informal than that and we've had more than a few folks show up that I think were looking for a more traditional Eastern Martial Arts experience with group guided classes and a single teacher and such. Those folks tend to be disappointed even when I tell them that is not what we do. We are all teachers and we are all students here. While we certainly provide primarily one on one training there is an expectation for folks to work on some studies on their own outside of weekly practice, including some level of scholarship in looking at the manuals we often use. (Check out http://wiktenauer.com/ for some idea there, if you haven't already.) In that sense we expect everyone to eventually contribute something back to the club in an area that interests you.

We do, however, tend to do some drills and technique work as a group and we will work on things that anyone decides to bring up that they have either discovered or otherwise want to work on. So we have a wide variety of things we do and have done but often certain folks will focus on some of the things that interest them most. So, for example, Jean and Christian are both very knowledgeable on the Liechtenauer tradition of German longsword and Christian has a very strong knowledge of work on biomechanics, Robert is pushing heavily into Hutton's saber, whereas I'm most knowledgeable about Italian rapier and others in the club pursue their interests as well as those. We've all done varying levels of work in those weapons styles and far more. Several of us have been doing this, or something like it, for a couple of decades now but none of use will lay claim to being a "master" or the like.

Have you been working from any sources in particular? For example on greatsword have you looked at Montante? I will say that I don't believe we have any simulators for something like a zweihander right now, but we have some folks with some familiarity with Montante and a bit of Marozzo's greatsword stuff and several of our longsword wasters can stand in fairly well on that front for working through technique.

As for the types of sparring we do that will vary depending on who your partner is, relative skill levels, what techniques are being worked on and so on. For those who are advanced in technique and skill and feel comfortable and trust each other enough we do all the way up to full speed, full contact sparring with blunt steel. What you do on that front is most heavily dependant on what you and your sparring partner are comfortable with. If we have one overarching rule in the club it's that anyone can say "no" to anything at any time, no questions asked.

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Saturday, January 7th, 2017
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Hello, my name is Vincent Fouchi, and I have had a long life fascination with swords and western martial arts. I'm new to fencing of any kind but I'm ready to learn anything I can, preferably longsword fencing. I have had an appreciation for medieval and renaissance arts since I was a much younger age and will continue to be interested in them until long from now. On my spare time, I am a student at UNO, and I practice making knives and blades for future business. I've wanted to learn to fence all my life so this is my big opportunity to do it.

Saturday, January 7th, 2017
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Welcome, Vincent! We certainly have plenty of longsword fencers in the club, and several folks who've done some metal working as well. I'm sure they'd be most interested in meeting and training with you so please do feel free to come out some Saturday. Maybe we'll get some better weather soon. ;)

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Tuesday, February 14th, 2017
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Hello there. My name is Ross and I live in Mandeville. I just recently became interested in Western Martial Arts after participating in several Eastern martial arts. I am wanting to learn about HEMA and participate when I can.

Thursday, February 16th, 2017
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Welcome, Ross! Obviously SDA NOLA is primarily based on the south shore and you're welcome to join us when you can make it. Our regular practices are currently Sunday afternoons at 3pm at City Park and the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month at 7pm at a gym we rent from the First Universalist Unitarian Church of New Orleans off of Claiborne. If you hit those tree little bars in the upper-left corner of this site you can click on any given day on the calendar to get the details of when and where.

That being said if it's easier for you to get to Hammond there is a group out there called Ordo Procintus that has several folks who study HEMA as well as the kind of fighting they do. One of the their members, Eric Wiggins, also tends to run a class out at LSU, I believe (or at least I think he still does, I'm not positive on that.) Other than that I've not heard of any other north shore groups that might be closer for you.

Also, I have to apologize for not approving and responding to your post earlier. I somehow completely missed it (although to be honest most of the guys don't really check the forums much, if ever, so we don't tend to have a lot of activity on here.) Still, I try to check here several times a day so I'm not sure how I missed your post. Oh well, sorry about that.

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Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017
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Hello everyone, My Name is Vincent Piazza, from New Orleans and have begun my HEMA quest to learn all I can about sword fighting with Christian Trosclair's Liechtenauer class. I plan on attending other training days as well and trying to learn from all of you!

Friday, January 5th, 2018
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Hey there everyone!
My name is Tommy Bertken, and I'm from Kansas City, MO. It's looking like work is going to take me to the NOLA area in the next few months, and I was excited to learn there's an established HEMA group here!
Like I said, I'm from Kansas City area where I work as an engineering consultant, but within the next few months I'll be on a long term field assignment in the area. I started sport fencing about 5 years ago, and continued practicing epee and foil off-and-on until about a 2 years ago when I discovered that I love HEMA. So far, I've stuck with one handed weaponry especially smallsword, with just a bit of longsword and rapier-dagger sprinkled in. I'd love to keep up with it while I'm in NOLA and hope I can learn a thing or two from you guys!

I'm still figuring out my living situation, but I hope to situate myself between work and your club. Is there a best way to get in direct contact with you guys, so I can grill you with all my questions? (hope the forum is still active enough to get through!)

Cheers,
Tommy

Friday, January 5th, 2018
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Hi Tommy,

While the forum isn't particularly active some of us still check it regularly. Probably the best way to reach the most of us is on our Rocket.Chat site at https://llulla.sdanola.com/. Our practice schedule is listed on the calendar you'll see by clicking the tripple bars in the upper-left corner. Just click on the appropriate dates you're interested in. The Tuesday classes are probably the most formal of the bunch and take place at a gym we rent from the Universalist Unitarian Church of New Orleans (the address is in the appropriate entry if you click on it) and our weekend practices are just off Harrison Ave. inside City Park. Out Saturday practices have a bit more focus on single-hannded weaponry, particularly rapier, and Sunday is a bit more focused on duel-handed weaponry, most commonly longsword, but to be honest both practices are pretty flexible on what folks feel like doing. So you're more than welcome to come on out. Just be sure to check that Rocket.Chat link in the appropriate channel just in case something happens that could cancel or change a schedule for some reason (like weather... we get a good bit of rain at certain times of the year here that can come on without much, if any, warning, so keeping in touch that way is pretty useful for us.)

Lenny Zimmermann

 

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Saturday, January 27th, 2018
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Hello All!
I finally figured out where to post!
My name is Leondis Jacobson. I moved to New Orleans about two years ago from a farm in the Ozarks, and am very excited about the prospect of a HEMA organization I can be a part of! I have a few lessons under my belt from college in Dardi School swordsmanship, particularly rapier stylings, but nothing worth writing home about. I am a bookbinder by trade, so I spend most of my time indoors staring at old books. Thank you so much for having me in the forum, and I look forward to learning more and speaking with you all!

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Welcome, Leondis! As I mention in the post above yours probably the best place to really check in with everyone is at our Rocket.Chat site at https://llulla.sdanola.com. It probably has other details that may be of interest as well if you care to come out to any practices.

Lenny Zimmermann

 

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