The Medieval European Martial Arts Guild is a modern group dedicated to reconstructing the fencing styles and martial arts of mediaeval and renaissance Europe. According to enthusiasts, the armed and unarmed fighting styles of the time were surprisingly effective, and in many cases European combat styles were comparable with east Asian martial arts of the period. Modern HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts) groups attempt to bring back these fighting styles based on surviving manuals and historical documentation.

Here’s a video demonstrating hand-to-hand grappling techniques, reconstructed from a 15th Century German fechtbuch, or combat manual, the Codex Wallerstein.

You can find more videos like this on the MEMAG Youtube channel.