Every single person who trains at our schools signs a code of conduct that outlines our expectations for behavior. Like most martial arts, HEMA involves potentially dangerous situations that require maturity and respect. Beyond that, we are protective of our community and the inclusivity we provide to anyone who has a passion for the historical arts.
What are the 9 Virtues? Listed in no particular order:
1. Courage - the ability to do something despite being frightened, scared, or in pain. To do something known to be difficult or potentially dangerous.
2. Truth - state of being in accordance with facts or reality. The quality of being free from deceit, hypocrisy, or false pretenses for both one's self and others.
3. Honor - ethical conduct that allows one to be regarded with great respect and esteem. A quality of respectability that garners a favorable social standing with one's kin.
4. Fidelity - faithfulness to a person, cause, or belief that is demonstrated through one's actions. Loyalty and support through adherence to one's own moral values.
5. Discipline - using self-control and restraint to suppress immediate indulgences to favor reason, equity, and logic in a situation, even if this goes against personal desires.
6. Hospitality - relationship formed between a guest and a host. As a host, providing necessities to a guest, and as a guest, expressing one's self with goodwill and grace.
7. Self-Reliance - cultivating dependability in one's own powers and resources. Personal independence that provides for the self first whenever possible.
8. Industriousness - working energetically and devotedly to complete a task or the toils of daily life in a diligent manner. Treating the ethics of work with the precision and attention called for each and every time.
9. Perseverance - steady persistence in a course of action or purpose. To not easily give up in the face of difficulties, discouragements, or obstacles.
Where did these come from?
These are a modern construct of several pagan religions, including Asatru or Norse paganism. While they don't all exist in historical contexts collected and titled this way, many feel they are implied virtues through storytelling, sagas, and historical sources.
Why did we pick these virtues?
These concepts are as ancient as humans themselves and span across all cultures and timeframes. They are concepts you can find in classic tales, historical works, and modern ideology in all stretches of the globe. They are timeless, relatable, and more importantly, they represent a well-rounded martial artist. We believe they are a quick reference to the qualities we want to promote in others and bring to the table as a school.
We believe these are important concepts in any person's life, that promotes a healthy balance of caring for one's self and others, of meeting challenges while respecting limitations. Every single student that comes to our school and participates in a beginner's course shows each of these virtues, and we continue to cultivate these through our training and community gatherings.
We are proud of our students and our ability to bring these concepts into the lives of people seeking them in a meaningful way.