Membership & Affiliation

HEMA Ireland welcomes all study groups and established HEMA schools alike and we are happy to offer our membership to all interested groups.

Membership criteria:

  1. Be practicing an authentic system of historical European martial arts – taught content must be based on actual historical sources!
  2. Undertake (and maintain) one of the HEMA Ireland Instructor Assessments – this lets us establish club’s instructor status as safe enough and knowledgable enough to teach.
  3. Pay the Club Membership Fees – an annual fee of 80e per club is required to maintain its Hema Ireland Member status (for the club and all its members*).
    *Please note, if your club doesn’t use Hema Ireland Insurance Cover you will need to provide details of your own insurance for our records.¬†
    Bank Account Name: Hema Ireland
    IBAN: IE14 AIBK 9336 7812 8740 80
    Please put down the club name as reference!
  4. Pay Individual Membership Fees – an annual fee of 35e (for ordinary members) or 60e (for Hema Ireland Certified Instructors only) in order to become a Hema Ireland Insured Member (with Public Liability and Personal Accident Cover)
    Bank Account Name: Hema Ireland
    IBAN: IE14 AIBK 9336 7812 8740 80
    Please put your name as reference or if you are paying in bulk please send an email to with the list of names that are being paid for!
  5. Adhere to HEMA Ireland’s policies for equality, child protection, code of conduct, health & safety, and standards.

Membership benefits:

  • Reassurance to the public that what you teach is an authentic system of Historical European Martial Arts.
  • Reassurance to the public and venues that your base level of teaching has been reviewed by other acknowledged instructors and the association.
  • Exclusive access to our First Aid training for Members.
  • ¬†Exclusive access to our IHFL Referee training for Members.
  • Access to HEMA Ireland events restricted to Members only.
  • Free advertising for your group and events on the HEMA Ireland website and social media.
  • Increased opportunity to develop better links with other HEMA groups on the island.
  • Support and advice from established HEMA groups/instructors on the island to help grow your own group.

HEMA Ireland is currently working on the following additional benefits:  coach development programs, instructor assessment beyond Level 1, wider affiliations with other martial arts bodies.