Pasadena Central Libary is looking for a fight, though it shall be quite civilized and educational. On July 26th, teens may participate in a Swordscholar event learning German and Italian long sword styles, sword and shield, polearms, dagger, and medieval grappling.
Swordscholar “teaches Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA)” and is a regional youth program.
HEMA refers to both the academic research and physical training associated with the combat arts of medieval Europe. This includes a variety of cultures and martial styles, from German and Italian longsword styles, to Dutch dagger, Scottish broadsword, and Portuguese staff fighting (Jogo Do Pau).
Today, study groups throughout the world trade videos and research papers on HEMA, testing each others interpretations and encouraging new research questions. With around 10,000 practitioners of HEMA worldwide now, professional sports manufacturers are beginning to make custom training gear for HEMA, and universities and even high schools are beginning to integrate HEMA into their physical education offerings. (Swordscholar.com)
Saturday, July 26th, 2 p.m.
Pasadena Public Central Libary
285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena
Cost: Free, but registration requested
Call 626.744.4066, option 4