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The HEMA Alliance believes that events, from tournaments to workshops to exhibitions, are important to raising awareness of HEMA with the modern public.

We now offer support to events that align with our goals and promote HEMA as a legitimate set of martial arts to the public. The governing council votes on a support budget each year, and allocates funds based on availability and event need. 

Funds allocated are dependent upon remaining funds, as well as the need determined by the GC. Maximums are NOT guarantees. GC Reserves the right to provide additional funds above the annual budget.


Events need to provide tangible value both to the community as well as HEMAA members. At a minimum, events must provide a discount to HEMAA members and list the HEMAA in their promotional materials. Additional or alternative requirements may be added at any time.

Funds & Reimbursement

The HEMAA cannot reimburse an event for any deposits made, only on invoices to be paid or have been paid. 

So, to rent a space for a tournament, The HEMAA cannot reimburse  you the deposit, but can pay towards the invoice on the amount due.

There are two methods for handling this - paying the invoice directly, or reimbursing the event on a invoice they have already paid.

Event Tiers

We use this system to determine the support potential for any given event. It is based on historical size of the event, past history with the organizer, and special circumstances that might promote HEMA in ways we never have before. 

While we ask events to give us an approximation of what their tier level might be, the governing council has final say for any given event. Funds are not guaranteed.

Tier S: Max $3,000

Events that meet Tier 1 standards, plus demonstrate additional value to the HEMA community, not limited to region or club.

Examples of demonstrable value:

  • National TV show filming (not local news), including broadcasts of the event or subject matter show (ie a show on the history channel about ancient fighting systems).

  • Primary / significant subject of a documentary, with the potential for high visibility, ie NY Times.

  • Located in / promoted for larger scale attendance, with potential of 500+ audience members.

  • Participants in excess of 200.

Tier 1: Max $2,000

  • History of 80+ participants (not attendees).

  • Able to sustain itself for 3+ years.

  • Demonstrable costs in need of funding that are to improve the event (polo shirts for judges or improved rings), as opposed to just recouping costs.

Tier 2: Max $1,000

  • History of 50+ participants (not attendees).

  • Able to sustain itself for 2+ years.

  • Demonstrable need to recoup costs.

Tier 3: Max $500

  • 20+ Participants.

  • At least 1 previous event was successful.

  • Demonstrable need to recoup costs.

Tier 4: Max $250

  • 20+ Participants.

  • Demonstrable need to recoup costs (costs to be recouped should be declared).

Important Information

The HEMAA Events policy determines how the Alliance recognizes an event and what services can be offered. The Alliance bylaws have two relevant clauses in regards to events.

Section 1

Membership Dues Membership dues will not be used for equipment or events that primarily benefit a single region, club, or chapter.

Section 2 – Events

  • Events and event-fees will be planned to be self-sustaining and not draw permanently on operating funds.
  • An event has to have planners, a location, a size, and meet the needs of the HEMA community.
  • The HEMAA does not recognize a flagship event.
  • The HEMAA can recognize an event as either Sponsored by or Supported by the Alliance.  Sponsored events have more requirements but are granted preferential treatment and services.
  • HEMAA Member Discount – Events who work with the HEMA Alliance as Sponsored/ Supported need to offer HEMA Alliance members a 10% or 10 dollar off (whichever is greater) discount on the total event price. For Sponsored Events, this would be for the entire registration period. For Supported events, the discount can be a limited time offer. This will encourage HEMAA members to go to the event.

Sponsored Event Requirements

  • Sign the Sponsored Event Agreement
  • Meet the HEMAA bylaws in regards to events in that they are designed to be self-sustaining. To verify this a sponsored event must have open accounting books which are available to the Events GC member.Must have liability insurance for the event. Insurance can be provided privately or by the HEMAA.
  • A sponsored event must have a minimum of one HEMAA member as a planner. This member must be financially involved with the event, must have been a member of the HEMAA for at least one year, and will be the direct contact point for the Events GC member. The more HEMAA members involved in the planning and financing of an event, the more support the HEMAA will be willing to offer as a service to our members.
  • The size of a sponsored event will influence the support the HEMAA will be willing to offer.

Sponsored Event Services

The following services are not guaranteed to an event and will be determined by the financial means of the HEMAA at the time as well as the size of the event in question. Use of the title HEMA Alliance Sponsored Event, as well as the HEMA Alliance logos.  Use of the forum to promote their event as well as our Facebook.

Examples of services:

Money for a service. Example: $75 to pay for Longpoint livestream in exchange for advertisement.

Subsidy for Banners Weapon Rentals

As the means and capacity of the HEMAA grows, the list of services will as well.

The GC would vote on approval of any expenditures. Requests for a service can be made to the Events GC member. 

Supported Event Requirements

The event must have liability insurance. Insurance can be provided privately or by the HEMAA (link to our insurance page). The size of a sponsored event will influence the support the HEMAA will be willing to offer.

Supported Event Services

  • Use the title HEMAA Supported event, and can use the 'We Support the HEMA Alliance' logo.
  • Use of the forum to promote their event as well as our Facebook
  • Money for a service. EX: $75 to pay for Longpoint livestream in exchange for advertisement.
  • The GC would vote on approval of any expenditures. 

Event Support Request 

Coordinating HEMAA Member *
Coordinating HEMAA Member
- Must be a HEMAA member in good standing for at least one year. - Must be financially involved in the event. - Will act as the point of contact between the general council and the event staff.
Event Info
Tell us what the event is for
City and State
Event Start Date
Event Start Date
Why do you feel your event fits into the tier you've chosen?
Affiliate Run Event
Self Sustaining Event
By submitting this form, I acknowledge that any HEMAA sponsored event must eventually be self sustaining. The HEMAA will need access to the account books post event to verify how and where the event spent its money. If the event does not provide this information, the event will be ineligible for one year afterwards.
Proof of Insurance Required*
After you have submitted the form, you will need to email proof of insurance to the HEMAA events coordinator at Proof of Insurance must be sent before funds will be delivered.