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Schedule & Location

Training is held at Tampere Stadion in Tampere (Ratina) for most of the year, and mostly outside during the summer. Our weekly schedule should remain consistent most of the time, but may change seasonally. There is a google document calendar linked on the front page of our website, and important news such as cancellations will be posted in the description of the day in question. It is also recommended, for many reasons, to monitor our Facebook group for the most up-to-date information. On scheduled training days, if our venue is unavailable for any reason, we may arrange an alternative place and post information about it on the calendar or Facebook.

Summer 2017 Schedule

Wednesday – Armizare – 19:30-21:30 – Stadion Sali 1 (Kiovanpuisto in from 2/8 to 6/9)
Friday – I.33 – 18:00-20:00 – Kiovanpuisto
Saturday – Open Training – 12:00-14:00 – Kiovanpuisto
Sunday – Armizare – 13:00-15:00 – Kiovanpuisto
Sunday – Open Training 15:00-17:00 – Kiovanpuisto

Fall 2017 to Spring 2018 Schedule

Wednesday – Introduction to Italian Longsword – 20:00-21:30 – Stadion Sali 1
Friday – I.33 – 18:00-20:00 – Stadion Sali 2
Sunday – Armizare – 13:00-15:00 – Stadion Sali 1
Sunday – Open Training 15:00-16:00 – Stadion Sali 1

Monthly Cost

Current cost of membership is 70€ paid quarterly, every three months. Membership fees are primarily used to rent our training space, and any remaining budget is spent on training and safety equipment, as well as the hosting of our website.

Dress Code

  • Athletic clothing, sweat pants, or t-shirts without extra pockets, loops, etc. Black pants are preferred.
  • Clean indoor athletic shoes with hard soles that allow the foot to pivot (Socks or bare feet are also acceptable.)
  • No jewelry or unbound long hair. This includes rings, for safety reasons.
  • IF participating in outdoor training during the warm season, any servicable outdoor shoes are acceptable.

Equipment

Newcomers don’t need to bring any equipment for their first trial lesson, aside from appropriate clothing listed above. Please acquire gloves ASAP if you’ve decided to continue past the trial lesson. These can be inexpensive, sturdy cloth or leather work gloves from any hardware or gardening store. They will prevent the possibility of small cuts and bruises, and cut down on maintenance of club-owned equipment due to rust and weathering. You will need a fencing mask (1600N rating recommended) when possible, but we can loan you a mask to begin with. 350N is also okay to start with, but not for training at an advanced level. After that, it’s time to look into getting your own weapons. We keep a stock of synthetic training weapons and should be able to loan you what you need until you’re ready to get your own. Always talk to an instructor about equipment purchases to avoid buying something inappropriate, as incorrectly chosen equipment may be unsafe and not allowed.

Further information about equipment by course can be found here.

FAQ

Do I need to be in good physical condition?

HEMA practice includes movements unfamiliar in everyday life. It is typical that beginners may be sore the day after training, but the average person will not find our training especially strenuous unless they prefer it to be. Emphasis is placed on skill and technique, and learning these is a process of repetition and muscle memory, guided by knowledge. Most training sessions will include some form of dedicated warmup or conditioning, but these are tailored to fit most people present and breaks or alternate exercises are encouraged as needed. Typically, a beginner will find that they are their own worst enemy in terms of physical demands; proper technique involves relaxation and minimizes strain, but it can be difficult to relax when learning new movements in an unfamiliar environment and among strangers. While strength and power can be an asset as in any physical activity, they are absolutely not required and can be overcome by superior technique.

Astonishing feats of strength and agility are not necessary, but we do ask for a willingness to persevere and a commitment to do your best to become the kind of capable training partner you look for in others.

Many martial arts, ours included, involve twisting at the knee during certain movements. For this reason we recommend shoes with hard soles that do not grip the floor too tightly, as to allow your feet to pivot without great effort. You should be aware of this is you have any knee problems that might be aggravated by these movements.

Is there an age limit?

Yes, you must be at least 18 years of age to train with us. The potential danger of training with steel weapons, even blunt, demands a level of maturity. Just being this age doesn’t verify that someone handles themselves responsibly, however! Instructors have the right to discontinue training someone who exhibits a lack of control or poor behavior.

Is it safe?

We take our training very seriously, and these are battlefield martial arts, not sport. Therefore, we must likewise take safety very seriously. The HEMA community has grown significantly in the past decade, and we now have the luxury of choosing from many forms of safety equipment purpose-built for our practice by manufacturers all over the world. Injuries are extremely rare when common sense and appropriate equipment are used.

Will there be sparring?

Free play (sparring) with steel swords can involve significant investment in protective equipment, experience, and a great deal of control, and is not for everyone. Some level of slow and controlled free play is an important step in intermediate and advanced levels of training, however no one is obligated to participate in any full speed steel sparring unless they so choose. They must also possess appropriate protective gear and be approved by an instructor for the activity. Some of our members are very interested in free play on a competitive level, so there will be opportunites to train at that level of intensity if desired.

Will there be physical contact?

Yes. Practice of these arts involves techniques in close quarters, as well as wrestling. All members are expected to consider their training partners and arrive at practice in good hygienic condition.

Why is clothing and jewelry limited?

Safety dictates that our clothing should be free of excess pockets, loops, chains, or other means be which a training weapon or fingers might be accidentally entangled. This includes clothing that billows out or has a lot of extra fabric. Likewise, rivets like those often found in jeans can inadvertently cause injury. Jewelry, including rings, are not allowed as they can cause surprising injuries to both yourself and your training partner. For example, a minor finger injury can be made much worse when it swells around a ring. Hair should be safely bound to avoid accidents. If shoes are worn, we strongly recommend hard soles that don’t grip too tightly to the floor, to minimize the risk of twisting knees or ankles.