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Ursa Major HEMA Academy

As we train primarily with steel weapons, it is necessary to add layers of protection when sparring, as well as for some of the more intense drills.

At a minimum we recommend head and hand protection for drills, but for sparring you would also require torso, knee, shin and groin protection.

Advanced students require the above kit as well as the following as a minimum:

  • Fencing mask must have back of the head protection
  • Torso protection (fencing jacket, gambeson or cuirass)
  • HEMA/WMA gloves with rigid protection along the top of the hand in a gauntlet fashion such as those supplied by SPES, Sparring Gloves or Absolute Force
  • Neck protection either from a fencing jacket or a gorget
  • Knee and Shin protection (Motocross knee/shin guards or HEMA specific knee and shin guards)
  • Elbow and Forearm protection either from a fencing jacket/gambeson or from a combination of vambraces and elbow cops

With a full kit, members can participate in high intensity sparring and drilling in a safe manner.

Some of our recommended suppliers include:

  • Knight Shop - fencing masks, beginner gloves. Suppliers of SPES and Red Dragon products
  • Medieval Fightclub - fencing masks, gambesons, beginner gloves, and medieval accessories
  • Red Dragon Armoury - fencing masks, beginner gloves and knee/shin protection
  • SPES Historical Fencing - all advanced kit including fencing masks with back of the head protection, fencing jackets, advanced gloves, forearm protection, elbow cops and knee/shin guards
  • Absolute Force - all advanced kit including fencing masks with back of the head protection, fencing jackets, advanced gloves, gorgets, forearm protection, elbow cops and shin guards
  • PBT Historical Fencing - advanced kit including fencing masks with back of the head protection, fencing jackets and gorgets
  • Sparring Gloves - advanced gloves with rigid protection
  • Cully's - motocross knee/shin guards
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