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Asociación Galega de Esgrima Antiga
The Asociación Galega de Esgrima Antiga ("Galician Association for Historical Fencing", in Galician language), or AGEA, is the Galician HEMA federation, encompassing most of the active groups in our territory. Formally constituted in 2013, the Galician groups have since their inception shared similar lines in HEMA practice and research, developing common views and styles, together with a fluent communication and a cohesive stance—essentially worked as a de-facto federation.
Three official events are held by the AGEA each year:
- The Torre de Hércules AGEA Tournament, a three-day event at Corunha city with international instructors comprising workshops, conferences, rapier and longsword tournaments (and often a "surprise" competition with unusual combinations, such as «doubles» rapier and dagger) and lots of options to socialize.
- The Encontro Galego de HEMA ("Galician HEMA Meeting") seminars, an internal meeting designed to exchange and normalize research and practice.
- The Cidade de Narón Beginners' Tournament, a single-day event held by the ANEA at Narón aimed at people who have less than one year's experience in HEMA, so that they can test their skills with people of similar level.
The current main lines of work at the AGEA encompass Verdadera Destreza with the rapier and Liechtenauer's Kunst des Fechtens with the longsword. There is also a less prevalent, but growing, research and practice for the I.33 sword and buckler, Ringen from various sources, Fiore dei Liberi's Flos Duellatorum and Jogo do Pau from the Galician tradition.
Several AGEA members belong to the HEMAC, producing research books, critical editions and manuals at the AGEA Editora publishing firm. The main focus of these publications is Iberian and Ibero-American fencing, particularly from the Destreza Verdadera and Vulgar.
The AGEA is in tight contact with the main Spanish and Portuguese HEMA groups (the Federación Española de Esgrima Histórica, Asociación Española de Esgrima Antigua, and the Federação Portuguesa de Esgrima Histórica) as well as groups from outside the Iberian peninsula, and often take part as participants or instructors in foreign events.