IamA Western Martial Arts instructor teaching various skills from the medieval period including longsword, single handed sword, polearms, dagger and unarmed combat directly from the original medieval source material. AMA!
Hi Reddit! I'm Chris, nice to make your acquaintance. I currently teach these skills in the fair city of York in the United Kingdom, but there are various classes, study groups, schools and other places to learn dotted all over the world. WMA (Western Martial Arts), sometimes known as HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts), cover a huge gamut of martial skills ranging from the late 1200's through to combat techniques used in the 1940's during WWII. Many of us who practice these arts feel it is important to emphasise that the Western world has a rich and fascinating martial heritage, much of which has been forgotten about. We work from original manuscripts and spend a lot of time dispelling various myths perpetuated by bad re-enactors, Hollywood, and people's own pre-conceived notions about how martial arts are only ever Eastern in nature.
Here is a link to the British Federation of Historical Swordplay, one of the larger "umbrella" organisations in the UK: http://thebfhs.org.uk/
And the Facebook page of the school I currently teach with: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hotspur-School-of-Defence/558468250860622