HELLENIC ACADEMY OF HISTORICAL EUROPEAN MARTIAL ARTS. School dedicated to the study and practice of ancient,medieval,renaissance and modern swordsmanship.
Academy of Historical European Martial Arts: Training in Byzantine weapon use.
Duels with spathion type of sword and small shield.
The duelist are :
Duel 1 : Dimitrios Dimopoulos vs John Dimopoulos
Winner: John Dimopoulos
Duel 2 : Dimitrios Dimopoulos vs Christopher Giataganas
Winner: Christopher Giataganas
Duel 3 : George E. Georgas vs John Dimopoulos
Winner: George E. Georgas
The soundtrack is a Byzantine medieval music from Cappadocia. The instrument is Uti.
The Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantine Empire) it survived the 5th century fragmentation and fall of the Western Roman Empire and continued to exist for an additional thousand years until it fell to the Ottoman Turks in 1453. During most of its existence, the empire was the most powerful economic, cultural, and military force in Europe. Both “Byzantine Empire” and “Eastern Roman Empire” are historiographical terms applied in later centuries; its citizens continued to refer to their empire as the Roman Empire (Ancient Greek: Βασιλεία Ῥωμαίων, tr. Basileia Rhōmaiōn; Latin: Imperium Romanum),and Romania (Ῥωμανία).
On all of this ages the Byzantines were had a sophisticated and cunning training of the art of war. This achievement comes because they absorbed the martial arts techniques from the nations that the Byzantines fought or from their allies (Koumans, Serbians, Russ etc) or from the nations that serve te empire as mercenaries (Goths, Vikings, Germans etc). From the other hand, the Byzantine warfare and swordsmanship did have as roots the Greco-Roman tactics of weapon training. Having as fundamental use those superior martial art of the ancients the Byzantines add the new types of warfare and martial arts that they meet from the other armies (allies or not) and the empire survived all those ages.
The melee weapons of Byzantines were the sword (ξίφος), the axe (πέλεκυς) in this broad group were also the use of wooden club and the mace, and finally the lance. As ranged weapons they had the bow, the crossbow and the sling.
The most familiar Byzantine weapons were the sword and the mace.
In the land that those techniques were borne, they are study, tested and taught.
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