Instructeurs Dijon 2024


 Chris Lee-Becker

Chris is director and instructor of the Academia da Espada Deutschland, which is the German chapter of Academia da Espada under Maestro Ton Puey.
Since the end of 2019, he has specialized in fencing according to La Verdadera Destreza. He also trains fencing according to the italian school at the fencing school Krifon near Heidelberg under Fencing master Christian Bott. Chris completed the trainer course of the Bavarian Fencing Association in the field of historical fencing in 2021.
In sporting terms, he participated in several tournaments and won the title of German Champion 2021 in the discipline of rapier and was awarded ‚ÄúBest Technical Fencer‚ÄĚ at the International Rapier Seminar in Copenhagen in 2022.



Kindred Willow 

I started HEMA when I started studying at the University of Glasgow in 2015 with Scottish Broadsword by Keith Farrell. I shortly became an assistant instructor and then a lead instructor at the University group before starting my own club, Glasgow HEMA, in June 2018 where I have continued to teach to this day.
My main focus has always been in Georgian era swordmanship – Broadsword (and Targe), Sabre, Singlestick and more recently Smallsword. Over the psat few years I’ve also started to look at more Lichtenauer era works, specifically sword and buckler, dagger, spear and single sword/messer.


Joachim Bartsch


Joachim “Joe” Bartsch started as a martial artist at the age of 11 in 1976 with Judo. After training other unarmed arts like Jiu Jitsu and a break he began to study weapon based Filipino Martial Arts in 1997. In 2006, after relocation, he joined Krifon Fencing School, starting his journey into HEMA beginning learning the Longsword. Due to his PMA background he started in parallel a dedicated Messer research and training group in march 2008. Since then he serves as leader and trainer of this group known as Messerfechten Mainz, researching the martial art of fencing with the Messer including other weapons like dagger and some unarmed combat. Over the years he has held several seminars teaching Messer, also for the ADFD, written a small book for his students in 2015 and set up a youtube channel in 2016 to promote messer fencing and help interested persons to start.


Isobel Zijlstra

Isobel started training at Zwaard & Steen just over 2 years ago, and focuses on both Liechtenauer longsword and Vadi longsword, as well as 19th century Austro-Hungarian military sabre. They took an interest in HEMA 4 years ago for a high school project and wrote an 80(!) page paper on Philippo di Vadi and Pietro Monte, upon turning 18 they joined Z&S and haven’t put down the swords since. They work with Russ Mitchell to translate 19th century Austro-Hungarian military sabre manuals to easy to understand English, two of which have been published thus far: Fencing at the Theresian Academy (Russ, Zijlstra, Sept 2022) and House of Chappon (Russ, Zijlstra, Kovacs, Bencsik, Nov 2023). Isobel is also a general board member of Zwaard & Steen.


George Livermore

George Livermore is a Provost of the 1595. Club, and currently the instructor at the Milan Chapter
Originally a rugby player he, unfortunately, had to give it up due to injury and thus, in 2002, began his Martial Arts journey in Brighton under the tutelage of club founder Chris Chatfield.
In 2005 George became the 3rd Free scholar of the club and began his journey to become Provost, which he achieved in 2012.
He has moved to Milan to open his own school and to pursue his journey towards earning the title of Master, for which he needs to teach a student to the level of Provost.
During his career, studies, and journey, he has participated and has been invited to teach at numerous events around the world: FISAS, WMAW USA, MHFA… to name but a few. Teaching all forms from unarmed to dual weapons with staff weapons thrown in for good measure.
Although the 1595. Club uses the treatise of Vincentio Saviolo as one of its main avenues of exploration for the art of fence, it is not limited to his teachings, and has evolved its martial system by incorporating other forms of Martial Arts, for example the bare-knuckle boxing of Victorian England, the French martial system of Savate, and other weapon based systems, including the naval sabre/cutlass treatise of Angelo, as well as contemporary classical sabre. The goal being to create a holistic and robust martial system using the martial principles and philosophy of Saviolo as a foundation on which to build our study.


Jacek Kaminski

Ex Professional MMA fighter


 Tea Kew

Tea is part of the coaching team at New Cross Historical Fencing in London, after being the curriculum designer and Lead Instructor for Cambridge HEMA. Their primary area of study is Ringeck‚Äôs longsword gloss, aiming to incorporate historical study and modern sports science to produce robust, well‚Äźfounded interpretations. Tea has also worked extensively on training HEMA instructors and referees to help support clubs and events. Tea has taught 40 workshops at events across the world, including HEMAC Dijon, Longpoint and Festival of the Sword. They also run the blog Game Design for HEMA and the website Fechtlehre, sharing articles and training games for instructors.


Filipe Martins

A Hapkido practitioner for 18 years, he discovered AMHE in 2015. An instructor at the Academia de Esgrima Hist√≥rica, he has dedicated himself to the study of military history and Domingos Lu√≠s Godinho’s Destreza Comum, from which he translated treatise with the collaboration of Lu√≠s Fran√ßa.
He mainly teaches rapier sword, rodela, dagger and abrazzare, as well as continuing to teach Hapkido.


Daniel Hambraeus

Daniel Hambraeus is an instructor from North Sweden with a background in modern fencing, with a strong passion for Rada’s Destreza, which he makes videos about and teaches.


Luis França

Born in 1979 in Benavente, Ribatejo. He is a school teacher by profession, amateur photographer, surfer and passionate about Portuguese history. Since he was a child he dreamed of fencing, a dream that came true in 2015 when he joined the Academia de Esgrima Histórica. His love for renaissance fencing and the fact that Godinho is from Ribatejo, like him, led him to study this author.
He began studying AMHE in 2015, and in 2017 became a Weapons Instructor with examination and thesis on the treatise “Arte de Esgrima” by Domingos Lu√≠s Godinho (1599), having been evaluated by the Masters of Arms Ton Puey and Manuel Valle Ortiz. He participated in sporting and training events in Portugal and Spain, where some of his teachers were Master Alberto Bomprezzi, Master Ton Puey, Diniz Cabrera, Andreas Klingelmayer, Jacopo Penso, Matyas Miskolczi, Eugenio Garcia-Salmones, Juan Diego Conde Eguileta, Moncho Varela and Xos√© Nieto. He collaborated with Instructor Filipe Martins in the transcription and translation of the treatise “Arte de Esgrima” by Domingos Lu√≠s Godinho (1599), published since December 2021.


Godefroy Lafayolle de la Bruyère

I’ve been practicing AMHE for over ten years, and I’m always at a loss when it comes to introducing myself. I have a plural practice of AMHE (long sword, side sword, knife…) mixing reading, study of sources and practice. I’m also committed to the daily development of the practice in France.


Tim Boggetto

I started HEMA in 2015 in REGHT Dunkerque, and was immediately immersed in the bolognese tradition. After joining the Ecole Chevaleresque in Montpellier, I kept my interest for this tradition, and now run the bolognese fencing course in the club. I mainly focus on single sword, and the accompanying weapons presented in the sources (buckler, dagger, cape, …)


Mike Prendergast

Mike Prendergast has been researching and practising historical European martial arts since 1999. Translator and interpreter of Pietro Monte’s martial omnibus, ‘The Collectanea’ (1509), Mike also has a wide interest in Renaissance Italian fencing styles. Initially studying Bolognese fencing, he also teaches the rapier of Nicoletto Giganti (1606) and the style of Fiore dei Liberi (c. 1410).

Mike has medaled in international tournaments in rapier, rapier & dagger, sword & buckler and longsword. He was delegate (team captain) and rapier & dagger competitor on Team UK and Ireland for the HEMA tournament at the European Games in Minsk in 2019.

Mike is the founder and chief instructor of the Historical Combat Academy (HCA) and also instructs with SCA Dun in Mara, in Dublin, Ireland. He has instructed in Ireland, the UK, France, The Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Germany and the USA. He coordinates the annual International Rapier Seminar (IRS), which he hosted in 2015. He has presented his translation work at academic and public conferences in France and Belarus.


Ulrik Neumann

Ulrik started historical fencing with british military sources and the Messer. He currently is president of “Die Freifechter” in Cologne, Germany, as well as head instructor for everything Messer-related.
In his historical fencing journey, Ulrik has learned to like and have fun with a lot of different HEMA-weapons and -styles, but his first and true love remains the Messer.


Aurélien Calonne

Aurélien began practicing AMHE (European Historical Martial Arts) in 2010 after several years of artistic fencing. His main interest is Bolonese tradition, which he tries to disseminate as widely as possible, whether through translations of its treatises, workshops at various AMHE courses or articles on his website He is also an instructor in the Nimico association, based in Lille, where he teaches Bolonese fencing in the various weapons of the tradition: bocle sword, two-handed sword, dagger sword and hast weapons.


Catherine Loiseau

Catherine began practicing AMHE in 2010 after several years of artistic fencing. Her main interest is the Bolonese tradition, which she practices and teaches with her husband in the Nimico association.


David Pascal San Adrian

David Pascal started fencing at a very young age and soon after he started to study ancient fencing with an early interest in the French épée.
He has been studying other Japanese martial arts for some time such as kenjutsu, aikido or iaido, and is currently studying two traditions of ancient fencing while continuing his training as a fencer, the first is a general study of the French school of the late 17th and early 18th century with authors such as La Touche, Liancour and Girard. The second line of study corresponds to the mixed Spanish doctrine with the author Rodriguez del Canto, an original 18th century Spanish school which blends the French, Spanish and Italian schools into a single system.


Jamie MacIver


Jamie is one of the founding members of the London Historical Fencing Club. Since 2017, he has taught longsword based upon works of the 15th century Italian master, Philippo di Vadi. His secondary focus is on sidesword, both alone and with companion weapons, based on Bolognese and other 16th Century Italian sources, with a focus on identifying common principles of fencing theory that underpin these closely related sources.

Jamie believes firmly in striking a balance in classes between theory and practice, and his classes emphasise both drills based on fundamental principles, that help students explore how to adapt techniques to work for them and understanding the fencing theory that supports each technique.

As well as teaching, Jamie is one of the main organisers of the UK’s only tournament league – the Wessex League – and is and active and successful competitor across a range of weapons, both in the UK and internationally.


Gonzalo Martinez Cabrera












Professional background:
Gonzalo left his native Mallorca when he became 18 and served 10 years in the army, a good portion of them in Special Operations, in 2006 joined Sniper team as paramedic and signals specialist and eventually moved to an advanced instructors cadre. During his time in the military he served in Bosnia and Lebanon.
In 2010, changing one uniform for another, he served three years in a private security company to protect ships against piracy in the Indian Ocean.

HEMA background (National)
He started in Tercio Viejo (Alicante) under Pablo M. Montes’ instruction, mainly working Liechtenauer tradition and longsword on 2005.
Moving back to Mallorca on 2010, and since there was nowhere to train longsword, he founded the Tercio Nuevo fencing salle in Palma and started his journey as instructor.
During 2012 the Tercio Nuevo club was amongst the founders the spanish federation of clubs FEEH.
That same year, Gonzalo taught his first event related workshop in Soria, Spain, “Adrenaline Rush in combat and how to manage it.”

For almost five years, roughly 2014 to 2018 he took a hiatus to practice and study other martial arts, specially BJJ, Tai Chi and Qi Gon. Those years he began studying a grade on Psychology and understanding fencing from different perspectives.
Back to HEMA on 2018, he joined his actual club, CAMHED and on 2020 started as profesional instructor and began teaching mainly Longsword, dagger and Messer in the Liechtenauer tradition.
2023 joined UGFAS, a military-originated entity for martial arts that managed institutional and official recognition for HEMA in Spain at the level of every other martial arts.
2023 becomes certified longsword instructor, delegate for the Balearic Islands and international liaison for UGFAS

HEMA background (international)
In 2011 he joined HEMAC and since then he has been attending regularly to international events, srarting on 2011 in and of course the same year the Dijon HEMAC gathering. Some other events during his early years where The 2012 SWASH in Leeds Royal Armouries, Highland Challenge by Paul McDonald, Fisas italian event in Verbania and several other editions of HEMAC and Dreynevent, mainly.
During 2023 he collaborated in the english translation of Pablo Moya Montes “La espada de dos manos y el Montante” from AGEA publications, which should be coming this year.


Karp Rapp

Karl has been training Rapier, Sabre as well as sword & buckler since 2008, focusing primarily on Capoferro’s rapier since 2012. He’s experienced and never looses his composure. Also he likes companion weapons like the dagger, cloak, or sometimes a wet towel. His greatest pleasure is when his students experience a real eye-opener in training, which still also happens to him sometimes.


Andreas Arnold

Andreas ARNOLD is a very tall but peaceful half-Swiss, half Alsatian fellow who has been exiled in Brittany (France) where he started HEMA in 2013 at Compagnie Dagorlad and Brest Arts Martiaux Historiques Européens, the two westernmost clubs in continental France. In both clubs, he has been animating classes on a semi-regular (2015-2017), then regular basis (since 2017). He enjoys German fencing in the tradition of Johannes Liechtenauer but its true love goes to the Bolognese school of fencing with a preference for the sidesword alone. For two years now he has also been studying self-defense cane according to various 19th century sources. Andreas animated many workshops in the French national circuit (Dagorlad, HEMA Nantes, Isle d’Adam, Orleans). In parallel, he has been practicing olympic fencing (mainly sabre) for about ten years.


Anne-Charlotte Misto

Anne-Charlotte MISTO has been practicing HEMA since 2017 at Compagnie Dagorlad and since 2018 at Brest AMHE (Brittany, France). In these two clubs, she animated classes on a semi-regular then regular basis (since 2021). She is proficient in German fencing in the tradition of Liechtenauer, but her two preferences go to the Bolognese school of fencing as well as 19th century treatises on self-defense (especially for women). She began studying cane for self-defense two years ago. Her main outlook on HEMA, because it had a fundamental influence on her own practice, concerns the influence of proper posture on mental composure, self-confidence and the technical quality of a fencing bout.


Nico Donnadieu 

Instructor at Elsamhe – AMHE Strasbourg, I’ve been hanging out in fencing halls for the past fifteen years. Beginning in my youth with sport fencing, then artistic fencing at a high level, I’ve been practicing AMHE since 2016. Starting with I.33, and having explored Lichtenauer’s glossators and wrestling treatises, my current playgrounds take it towards Italian traditions.


Joao Oliveira

Jo√£o Oliveira was born in Lisbon in 1994, and two of his main interests are medieval history and weaponry.
In 2015 he started practising HEMA and became and instrutor at the Academia de Esgrima Histórica in 2023.
He completed his Master’s degree in Military History in 2020.
He currently teaches arming sword, longsword and rondel dagger according to Fiore dei Libero, as well as sword and buckler according to the treatise MS.I.33.
He gave a workshop about rondel dagger at the Panóplia Ibérica of 2023.


Olivier Dupuis

Olivier Dupuis is an old member of the HEMA community since 2001, when he started teaching. He hold a permanent group in Strasbourg since 2011 and manage dozens of workshops or lectures here and there across Europe.


Robin Rabechault

I started AMHE in 2016 at Lyon AMHE, and I am now one of the instructors of the association. Thanks to a long history of martial arts, I was able to draw on this experience to complete my interpretations, like using frog DNA to complete the DNA sequences of the ancient masters.


Michael Rensen

Michel Rensen started practicing HEMA (completely unencumbered by previous martial arts experience) at Zwaard & Steen in 2013 in an attempt to find an activity more physically involved than playing video games. A bit more than a year later, he entered the instructor training programme. He concluded this programme roughly a year later, making him a full instructor at the club. Apart from teaching classes at Zwaard & Steen every week, he has also taught workshops at various events. Besides teaching, Michel has also been a regular in the longsword tournament circuit.


Pierre-Henry Bas

Pierre-Henry Bas has been practicing AMHE since 2002 and an instructor since 2006. Specializing in 15th- and 16th-century Germanic fencing, he sometimes swaps his longsword for a 19th-century sabre, or his pair of sneakers for a pair of boots and a horse. In 2010, he founded the REGHT association (Recherche et Exp√©rimentation du Geste Historique et Technique), of which he is currently president, as part of his thesis entitled “le combat √† la fin du Moyen √āge et dans la premi√®re modernit√©: th√©ories et pratiques. As a result of his doctoral work, he created the Convention des Joueurs d’Ep√©es, a set of principles and conventions to be followed in assaults and training, to encourage good play, exchange and the historical gestures described in fencing treatises.


Nicolas Ferrand

“Vabo” started out in AMHEs in 2014 in Lyon, in the prestigious Lugdunenses club, continued his adventures with the chauvinistic but no less sympathetic Burgundians of De Taille et d’Estoc, continued in Niort with the little-known but talented meyeriste of EscriM√©di√©vale17 and finally ended up in the prodigious AMHE club Apicula Carcassonne.


Damien Olivier

I started HEMA back in 2016 in Nantes (CELN) with french sabre treaties, which often were only the subsections of larger foil treaties. Ultimately the more detailed smallsword traditions took over and I started getting interested by the object itself, which is often misunderstood by the cross overs between modern fencing, stage fencing, HEMA and its convolution with rapiers. I have recently dedicated some time to the collection and classification of these, as well as developing pipelines for the transcription and analysis of smallsword treaties.


Tobias Zimmermann

Tobias has been fencing for 19 years, beginning with olympic fencing, followed by Italian knife and stick fencing “La Superba”, which in turn resulted in his first practical contact with German 19th century sabre. This led to the rather spontaneous founding of Fechtboden Zimmermann right before the first International Sabre Symposium. Ever since, Tobias has been promoting 18th and 19th century fencing with a focus on German sources, along with some other less well-known disciplines. He has translated two manuals on Kreusslerian thrust-fencing into English and proof-read a few other translations. As an instructor, he¬īs been invited to teach at events in Germany, Austria, France, the UK, Romania and Australia. In addition to HEMA, he is also a certified instructor for La Superba, Genovese fighting arts as taught by Maestro Parodi, and the European representative of the Haitian Machete Fencing Project.


Bastien Koppenhöfer

HEMAist since 2012 Martial Arts since childhood. Bastian has trained Messer and researched it since he started. He has a soft spot for early new high German texts and buried the myth of carrying Messers being a legal loophole.


Jerca Primc

When I was a kid, Donatello was my favourite Ninja Turtle. Why? The cool staff, of course! I have continued to encounter sticks in my adult life – starting with canne de combat, which has led me to forming Canne klub Kamnik, a stick fighting focused club, in 2010. I’ve since attended competitions menacingly, and practiced la canne and other defense methods on the side, which has steered me towards my somewhat eclectic and complicated relationship with HEMA. This will be my first time giving a workshop at HEMAC. Hide yo cheese!


Colin Richards

I am 66 year old English man living in Germany. I have been teaching combat with historical weapons since 1982 both in re-enactment and HEMA. I started HEMA in 1999, teaching in Norway. I have s long established school in Hannover Germany [start 2005]. I have taught all over the world from Singapore to the USA, From South Africa to Norway. My main interests are Fiore Dei Liberi, Lechtenauer, I.33 Sword and Buckler and Viking era cmbat. I have writtten several research papers of wich some have been published.


Sarina Wagner

“Sarina Wagner started in 2018 at Klingenspiel in Vienna under Karl Rapp with the Italian rapier after Capoferro. Since 2022, she has been a member of Sprezzatura Vienna, which specializes in Capoferro and Fabris fencing.
Starting with stage fencing, which she learned during her studies as a musical performer at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna (MUK) with Mel Stein, the combination of fencing and music has always been a topic for her.
In order to better understand theater and singing, she was always interested in sources and thus sought the “”true core”” of the art. She is not only well versed in old music and texts, but also studies historical dance and historical acting under Margit Legler.
For her, it is not only important to master the individual disciplines, but also to work across disciplines in order to benefit from each other.
This includes equestrian sports, which she has practiced since the age of nine, and archery.
For her, it is important to find the art and music in every movement and to give it expression.”


Esko Ronimus

I have practiced martial arts around 28 years; my background is in Chinese martial arts but I am now teaching the European martial arts for the most part. I have lived, practiced and taught all my life in Tampere, but I have been to practice and teach e.g. in China, Germany, Poland Spain, and France. I started teaching martial arts full-time as my job in 2020 and I currently teach about sixty students as the head teacher of the Tampere School of Arms and I give courses, seminars and demonstrations both in Finland and abroad. I practice, promote and teach martial arts from the starting points where they have been practiced historically. These include, in particular, the realism of the the combat, the functionality of the practiced skills, respect for the traditions of the training and the attachment of the training to the contexts in which they have been practiced at the time. I historical fencing in the same way that any traditional martial art is practiced, that is, with consistent, demanding and time-consuming methods, but which also develop one in martial arts in long-term and rewarding from the hard work.


Gilles Martinez

A medieval historian specializing in the rediscovery of martial gestures, Gilles Martinez recently defended a doctoral thesis at the Universit√© Paul-Val√©ry Montpellier, entitled Des gestes pour combattre. Recherches et exp√©rimentations sur le combat chevaleresque √† l’√©poque f√©odale : l’exemple du Roman de Jaufr√© (Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 2164). He currently combines his activities as a researcher with those of lecturer at the University of N√ģmes, professional medieval combat practitioner and instructor (for almost 20 years), and cultural mediator.


Jerzy Miklaszewski

“Jerzy Miklaszewski started martial arts 30 years ago with the first Polish branch of ITF (International Tae Kwon Do Federation). He then continued his education under Sifu Andrzej Szuszkiewicz from Wing Chun Kuen Kung Fu, where he learned a different understanding of martial arts, visited multiple seminars, special classes, meetings and met masters of Ju Jutsu, Tai Chi (both Chen and Chuan style), Tang Lang Men ‚Äď he also studied the same martial arts in Melbourne and France under master such as William Chueng (Ip Man Student) or Didier Beddar . After few years, he was one of the first students of Soke Toshimichi Takeuchi in Bujutsu Kan school, which was created in Cracow. It has turned his interest more towards Japanese Martial Arts, where thanks to many seminars he could learn about a mulititude of Japanese systems from wrestling (like Judo and Jujutsu) to weapon combat systems. After years he discovered the existence of HEMA and started learning and researching the subject through many reenactment and young HEMA groups.
Through this experience, Jerzy has created an initiative called the Silkfencing team, which is
developing even more, through scientific and practical research. His cooperation with many worldwide specialists has made his research and his knowledge develop, he is cooperating with
many important organization, such as HEMA Alliance, National Museum in Krak√≥w, Jagiellonian University Museum, Stowarzyszenie MiŇāoŇõnik√≥w Broni i Barwy, Jiu Jiutsu Union, Polish Sport Fencing Federation and many other institutions. His school is one of the only seven Polish schools that are in official cooperation with Polish Fencing Association. He is as well a member of Polish Knight Fighting Cadre, with which he achieved World Vice Championship in Armoured Group Fighting on IMCF. He has won many tournaments in countries like England, Poland, Scotland, Italy or even Australia. His unique research of the Polish Szabla has been brought by him to many places in the world, as he already conducted seminars in over 20 countries including Japan, UK, France USA, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Italy, Greece, Spain, Sweden, Netherlands, Denmark, Australia, Russia, Germany, Switzerland, Romania, Thailand and Ireland.
In 2017 Silkfencing Team started a copperation with ARMA-PL Krak√≥w, creating Krakowska SzkoŇāa Fechtunku (KSF), at the time the biggest proffesional HEMA center in Poland. In 2018 his research was published with a museum exhibition he coauthored ‚ÄěTo Arms!‚ÄĚ which presented not only HEMA to common people but also gave fencing practitioners insight into a very complex topics of saber history in Eastern Europe.


Karin Verelst

Karin Verelst, a biologist and philosopher by education, practices Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) and martial arts per se since more than two decennia. She was founding president of the Belgian historical fencing Federation SBSN, and holds at present the IFHEMA (international historical fencing federation) presidency. She has her own historical fencing school based in Brussels, at the Free University (VUB). Karin‚Äôs main practice focus is on medieval longsword and unarmed combat (‚Äúringen‚ÄĚ), altough she broadened her interest to Destreza rapier and Messer over the past few years. Her further martial experience includes Olympic boxing, Tai Jutsu and Shaolin Kung Fu. She moreover acquired the basic professional qualification of the British Academy of Dramatic Combat (BADC) in 2016. She also followed several digital workshops with the well known fight choreographer Tony Wolf. She developed a comprehensive Self Defence program based on her martial experience, focusing especially (though not exclusively) on the needs of women. Finally, Karin is active as a researcher and scholar in HEMA-Studies. She published (together with Daniel Jaquet and Timothy Dawson) a scholarly reference work, Late Medieval and Early Modern Fight Books ‚ÄĒ Tradition and Transmission of Martial Arts in Europe, published by Brill, in 2016, and curated with Roberto Gotti and An Smets an international symposium and exposition at the Museum of Martial Art at Brescia in 2022. A Special Issue of Acta Periodica Duellatorum for the contributions to this conference is in the works.


Djordje S.Stamatovic

“Georg S. Stamatovic is a high school history professor, expert consultant for military history and certified √©valuateur for historical military antiques and sword smith. He is National Museum guide and founder of the first HEMA school in his country back in 2009/10, The H.E.M.A.S. ‚Äď Historical European martial art school in Belgrade.
As a historian and professional HEMA researcher/practitioner he has dedicated his knowledge to historically correct reconstruction of historical weapons and historically correct interpretations of fencing techniques from historical fencing manuscripts and treatises – Liechtenauer tradition.
He is well known instructor and respected member of international HEMA community as a lecturer on many HEMA events in France, Germany, Austria and Spain.
He fence not only with sword but with arguments and facts!”


Pedro San Miguel

Pedro San Miguel is an instructor from the United Kingdom.

He focuses 19th-century sabre and foil, with his main sources of study including the works of John Musgrave Waite, Captain Alfred Hutton, Louis Rondelle, George Chapman, Camille Prevost, and Masaniello Parise, while also having a keen interest in Spanish and French sabre sources.

Pedro is an experienced competition fencer, and in 2023 he reached the sabre world #1 rank on HEMA Ratings using a strictly sourced based approach.

Pedro teaches at Schola Gladiatoria, while also being a senior member of The Renaissance Sword Club. He conducts private tuition in the UK, and teaches workshops at international events.”


Thomas Schmuziger

“Thomas Schmuziger is an actor and stuntman specializing in combat choreography. In 1995, he began training as a show fencer. He teaches this discipline at the Ecole l√©manique d’armes anciennes.
His professional choices led him to leave Switzerland in 1998. In 2003, he set up a dedicated section of the Cercle d’Escrime du Haut-Doubs in Pontarlier, which later became the Clair de Lame club.
A practitioner of ju-jutsu and fencing, and experimenting with numerous combat techniques through training courses, he became involved in the practice of AMHE in 2003.
A teacher and researcher in this field, he has been accepted into the HEMAC European research community. A founding member of the FFAMHE, his specialties include wrestling, longsword in the Germanic tradition, armored combat and mounted combat.”


Alex Bourdas

Alex started training with swords in 2008, and has been primarily focused on the longsword since the start of his HEMA career. He has trained with several different Glasgow based HEMA groups, and is now the Vice-President of Glasgow HEMA, as well as Glasgow HEMA’s main longsword instructor.


Martin Enzi

Martin Enzi first got in touch with martial arts by practicing classical boxing, but finally found his
passion when he switched to HEMA in 2001 to train longsword, wrestling and dagger.
2003 he got his hands on the first draft of the transcription of Johannes Leckuechners “Kunst des
Messerfechtens‚ÄĚ, while work was still in progress. This gave him the possibility to be one of the first
persons to dig into this manuscript.
Instantly fascinated while reading the first pages of the manuscript, this was when his fascination
with and passion for Messer started.
After intense studies and training, he started as a trainer for longsword, Messer, and eventually also
for the so‚Äźcalled ‚Äúpeasant weapons‚ÄĚ and spear.
2006 he took part in the transcription of parts of Paulus Hector Mair’s manuscript (scythe, sickle and
flail) for the Higgins Armory Museum, which will be published by Jeffrey L. Forgeng.
Even though training in Liechtenauer school of longsword and the peasant weapons from PHM has
always been close to his heart, his main focus and deep passion lies with the Messer according to
cgm582, taking also into account other Messer‚Äźrelated sources like Talhofer, Codex Wallerstein,
Pauernfeindt, or Falkner.
After teaching for 20 years now at international events and martial arts gatherings, Martin Enzi had
the honour to be the first European HEMA‚Äźteacher to get an invitation to Tokyo, where he held a
masterclass in Messer fencing ‚Äď in fact, the first Messer class to be taught in Japan.
He was also asked to contribute 3 articles to the book series ‚ÄúMeditations on HEMA‚ÄĚ, and writes
articles in magazines and does surveys about finds and originals in museums.
Apart from HEMA, Enzi has practiced stage fighting for 22 years, whilst next to it he started
coaching /training actors and stuntmen. Furthemore since 11 years he works as a professional
fightchoreographer and stuntcoach for movies, theatre‚Äź and TV productions.


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