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: IE91 CPAY 9911 9900 5048 12
    PayPal Account:
    Please put down the club name as reference!
  4. Pay Individual Membership Fees – an annual fee of 30e (for ordinary members) or 50e (for Hema Ireland Certified Instructors only) in order to become a Hema Ireland Insured Member (with Public Liability Insurance Cover)*
  5. Bank Account Name: Hema Ireland
    IBAN: IE91 CPAY 9911 9900 5048 12
    PayPal Account:
    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!
    *50% discount if joined during the second half of the year!
  6. Adhere to HEMA Ireland’s policies for equality, child protection, code of conduct, health & safety, and standards.

Membership benefits:

  • Public Liability Insurance Cover provided to all members with Individual Membership
  • Exclusive access to our First Aid training for Members.
  • Exclusive access to our IHFL Referee training for Members.
  • Free advertising for your group and events on the HEMA Ireland website and social media.
  • 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.
  • 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.