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Schola Gladiatoria - 'fake' groups

PostPosted: 04 May 2012 23:29
by admin
Unfortunately there are two groups which have for some time been using our name (in full knowledge of our hard-earned reputation in the field).

I have to make it clear here that these two groups, in Sweden and Poland, are nothing to do with us and I can not vouch or be responsible for anything they do in our name. The former is a sort of stage combat group and the latter is a small fledgling HEMA group.

We were founded in 2001, our website was launched and I was already teaching internationally under the name of Schola Gladiatoria from that year. Both these other groups have known of our existence for years and continue to use our name regardless. Both these groups were told years ago by people in their own countries that 'Schola Gladiatoria' already existed and in fact had taught at large international events in both their countries, yet both have elected to keep the same name.

I will let you draw your own conclusions as to why they chose to do that, but having communicated with them both I am fairly sure that they enjoy the spin-off publicity from our web presence and name, and neither group shows any inclination to change their name or even add a country specifier to the end.

In the end I find it rather pathetic of them to want to remain with the name of an older, more well-known and established group. Their ambitions must be lacking. :)

Re: Schola Gladiatoria - 'fake' groups

PostPosted: 07 May 2012 23:39
by Cutlery Penguin
It must be irritating for you, but I think you're right. It is a sad reflection on them that they do not feel they can create anything worthwhile without stealing from others.

Re: Schola Gladiatoria - 'fake' groups

PostPosted: 08 May 2012 09:36
by admin
I partly take it as a huge personal compliment and partly feel sorry for them. But yes, it is a bit irritating as well.

Schola Gladiatoria - 'fake' groups

PostPosted: 08 May 2012 14:39
by Anders Linnard
Are the Swedes still around. Last I heard they called themselves ffx or something similar. Can't find their website either.

Re: Schola Gladiatoria - 'fake' groups

PostPosted: 08 May 2012 15:44
by admin
I don't know - they still had a facebook presence until about a year ago.

Re: Schola Gladiatoria - 'fake' groups

PostPosted: 13 Apr 2013 08:24
by Magnus Hagelberg
I think they are now gone. Last I heard was that some of them had joined a showfighting group. (the swedish group)

Re: Schola Gladiatoria - 'fake' groups

PostPosted: 14 Apr 2013 12:04
by admin
Good to hear thanks.
The Polish fakes are still using the name unfortunately.

Re: Schola Gladiatoria - 'fake' groups

PostPosted: 16 May 2013 17:53
by Francesco Perciballi
You can't imagine, here in Italy, how many groups use HEMAC name in their events, and never have been in only 1 official HEMAC event!.

Especially in last months, it becomes very fashionable!

Re: Schola Gladiatoria - 'fake' groups

PostPosted: 16 May 2013 19:51
by admin
Really?! That is annoying, I'll tell the HEMAC members about it - thanks.

Re: Schola Gladiatoria - 'fake' groups

PostPosted: 16 May 2013 22:15
by D. de Grenier
Francesco Perciballi wrote:You can't imagine, here in Italy, how many groups use HEMAC name in their events, and never have been in only 1 official HEMAC event!.

Especially in last months, it becomes very fashionable!


Is there some advertising or pictures on Internet to see that ?

Didier

Re: Schola Gladiatoria - 'fake' groups

PostPosted: 23 Jun 2013 12:51
by Reinier

Re: Schola Gladiatoria - 'fake' groups

PostPosted: 23 Jun 2013 13:45
by admin
Yep, and I'm pretty sure that quite a lot of people who 'liked' them on facebook did so because they thought they were us.
Oh well... I guess immitation is the greatest form of flattery. :roll: