Jess Finley

is creating Medieval Martial Arts Research and Instruction

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patrons
Me:  Swords are joy.
Finn (my husband):  No, that's not true. If what you did was just you and swords it wouldn't last. The people you sword with are joy....
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Hey Y'all!

I am so very excited about this new project and want to get you involved!.

For the past three years I have been researching and writing a new book - initially based in my research on medieval wrestling and fighting, and which came to encompass medieval forms of concept organization and analysis, as well as hunting traditions in 15th century Germany. The ultimate goal of this is, of course, synthesizing the results and using them to inform how we use swords in the 21st century - with the goal of doing so in a way that is as close as to 15th century technique as we can get.

The struggle I have had is determining the best method to get this information out to people. While books are great for many forms of information, a conversation is better for this particular kind of information.

So here is what I want to do, in a short version:
  • Connect with the community of people interested in the kind of research I do;
  • Share ideas of how to interpret and perform 15th century fight techniques;
  • Learn what practitioners of Liechtenauer's art need in the realm of class planning, student development, and daily practice;
  • Continue writing up my research in blog, article, and book form, and share this information first and foremost with those who have helped me complete the research;
  • Produce videos and share with my crew; and
  • Set up regular group video-chat, video-training sessions from my training hall where we can ask questions and share ideas.
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Why do I need a Patreon to do this? Can't I just do this without asking for money?

In short: NO.

The reason I have been able to do so much work on medieval fighting to date is that my husband Finn has a successful career in a very demanding field and when we decided to have a family, I chose to leave the standard workplace and "stay home" with my kids. Because of this, I am no longer on the traditional career ladder. Not working for an employer has given me the opportunity to do things like watch kids play at the park while I read or write about medieval sources. I have been afforded many opportunities to travel and share my interpretations and ideas.

While I am so thoroughly grateful for all of these moments, what many students of historical martial arts may not realize is that teaching at a HEMA seminar is rarely a paying gig. More often than not, an event can only offer a flat fee that comes close to covering travel costs. Once you work out the cost in time of hours spent forgoing other opportunities and real money out of pocket for taxis, food, and shipping armor, it typically costs my family money for me to go and teach.

But this, my friends, is my passion: studying, sharing, and community.

I have reached a place where I want to give more. I want to connect with more of you, share my ideas in better ways, and get the results of my research to y'all faster.

To do that, I need your help to make it possible. 

If this sounds like your jam, and you're interested in joining a very focused community to discuss 15th century German martial arts, please go have a look at the patron tiers and consider becoming par pf the crew.

Tiers
Helpers
$1 or more per month

Y'all are helping!  Seriously this stuff adds up.  


You get my eternal thanks and a monthly note about my current research.

The Crew
$5 or more per month

The Crew will get the following.... First, my eternal thanks, of course.  Seriously, $5 is a lot of money to throw at a martial artist.  Not sure about that?  Ask any of us.


Also I'll add in a couple of things to your email box:
*Monthly sum-up of research

*Access to Patron-only feed

Class Tier
$20 or more per month

The Crew who opt for the Class will get all of the things the rest of the crew gets, but additionally will have access to private video chats each
month with Jess.  This class will be pre-scheduled and will last an hour or so, and will largely be directed by your question or my current research, whichever is most interesting for all of us.  

Visit Jess for Training
$50 or more per month

 The Crew who opt to visit Jess for Training will get all of the things the rest of the Class Crew gets, but additionally will be able to come to Jess for 12 hours of private training in her Turnhalle after 6 months of patronage, and once a year after that.   This tier is limited because there are only so many hours in a year, despite the fact I'd love to do this all day every day.

Jess trains you for a week
$250 or more per month

Crew who opt to to have Jess train you for a week will get all of the things the rest of the Class Crew gets, but additionally will be able to get a week (40 hours) of training either at her Turnhalle or at your training space.  I mean, whoa.  Thank you, thank you, <3

Just.... Everything.
$500 or more per month

I'll cry.  You'll cry.  We'll train really hard.  We'll hang out and have dinner.  I'll probably call you and read you sections from the next book as it develops.  I might write you poetry.  I don't even know. 

Me:  Swords are joy.
Finn (my husband):  No, that's not true. If what you did was just you and swords it wouldn't last. The people you sword with are joy....
----
Hey Y'all!

I am so very excited about this new project and want to get you involved!.

For the past three years I have been researching and writing a new book - initially based in my research on medieval wrestling and fighting, and which came to encompass medieval forms of concept organization and analysis, as well as hunting traditions in 15th century Germany. The ultimate goal of this is, of course, synthesizing the results and using them to inform how we use swords in the 21st century - with the goal of doing so in a way that is as close as to 15th century technique as we can get.

The struggle I have had is determining the best method to get this information out to people. While books are great for many forms of information, a conversation is better for this particular kind of information.

So here is what I want to do, in a short version:
  • Connect with the community of people interested in the kind of research I do;
  • Share ideas of how to interpret and perform 15th century fight techniques;
  • Learn what practitioners of Liechtenauer's art need in the realm of class planning, student development, and daily practice;
  • Continue writing up my research in blog, article, and book form, and share this information first and foremost with those who have helped me complete the research;
  • Produce videos and share with my crew; and
  • Set up regular group video-chat, video-training sessions from my training hall where we can ask questions and share ideas.
----

Why do I need a Patreon to do this? Can't I just do this without asking for money?

In short: NO.

The reason I have been able to do so much work on medieval fighting to date is that my husband Finn has a successful career in a very demanding field and when we decided to have a family, I chose to leave the standard workplace and "stay home" with my kids. Because of this, I am no longer on the traditional career ladder. Not working for an employer has given me the opportunity to do things like watch kids play at the park while I read or write about medieval sources. I have been afforded many opportunities to travel and share my interpretations and ideas.

While I am so thoroughly grateful for all of these moments, what many students of historical martial arts may not realize is that teaching at a HEMA seminar is rarely a paying gig. More often than not, an event can only offer a flat fee that comes close to covering travel costs. Once you work out the cost in time of hours spent forgoing other opportunities and real money out of pocket for taxis, food, and shipping armor, it typically costs my family money for me to go and teach.

But this, my friends, is my passion: studying, sharing, and community.

I have reached a place where I want to give more. I want to connect with more of you, share my ideas in better ways, and get the results of my research to y'all faster.

To do that, I need your help to make it possible. 

If this sounds like your jam, and you're interested in joining a very focused community to discuss 15th century German martial arts, please go have a look at the patron tiers and consider becoming par pf the crew.

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Tiers
Helpers
$1 or more per month

Y'all are helping!  Seriously this stuff adds up.  


You get my eternal thanks and a monthly note about my current research.

The Crew
$5 or more per month

The Crew will get the following.... First, my eternal thanks, of course.  Seriously, $5 is a lot of money to throw at a martial artist.  Not sure about that?  Ask any of us.


Also I'll add in a couple of things to your email box:
*Monthly sum-up of research

*Access to Patron-only feed

Class Tier
$20 or more per month

The Crew who opt for the Class will get all of the things the rest of the crew gets, but additionally will have access to private video chats each
month with Jess.  This class will be pre-scheduled and will last an hour or so, and will largely be directed by your question or my current research, whichever is most interesting for all of us.  

Visit Jess for Training
$50 or more per month

 The Crew who opt to visit Jess for Training will get all of the things the rest of the Class Crew gets, but additionally will be able to come to Jess for 12 hours of private training in her Turnhalle after 6 months of patronage, and once a year after that.   This tier is limited because there are only so many hours in a year, despite the fact I'd love to do this all day every day.

Jess trains you for a week
$250 or more per month

Crew who opt to to have Jess train you for a week will get all of the things the rest of the Class Crew gets, but additionally will be able to get a week (40 hours) of training either at her Turnhalle or at your training space.  I mean, whoa.  Thank you, thank you, <3

Just.... Everything.
$500 or more per month

I'll cry.  You'll cry.  We'll train really hard.  We'll hang out and have dinner.  I'll probably call you and read you sections from the next book as it develops.  I might write you poetry.  I don't even know.