The Re-creations of Martial Gestures: Evolution and Transformation of Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA)

By Audrey Tuaillon Demésy

HEMA is undergoing a process of institutionalization through the establishment of a national federation. The values conveyed by this practice are reflected in the preferences put forth by HEMA practitioners for maintaining a unified activity. However, the emergence of “new values” shows the changeover from a community system to a federal process, involving several representations of HEMA and a normalization process.


  • community
  • HEMA
  • institutionalization
  • normalization
  • re-creation
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