Instructors

Instructors definitive list:

Lectures

Daniel Jaquet: European Martial Arts under glass, displaying HEMA in museums
Gilles Martinez: Rediscovering chivalrous duel fencing from the feudal era. (12th-13th centuries)
Jean-Henry Chandler: Feuding between the Estates in late Medieval Central Europe, in the context of Historical Fencing
Colin Richards: “The Zufechten of Liechtenauer”

Workshops

Colin Richards: “The Zufechten of Liechtenauer”
– Julien Vuagniaux : Harnish Ringen, the link between EntrĂ©es and unterhalten
Georg S. Samatovic: “All about Zwei Hengen”-,Come and hengen out with us!
Tea Kew: Sparring games
Tea Kew: Fencing from the sweeps
Thomas Böegle: The Krumphaw and its variations
Thomas Böegle and Karl Rapp: Rapier and/or/vs. Longsword, technical principles and ideas – and some fun of course
Julien Garry et Eric Lebeau: “Charge of the Highlanders”
Julien Garry et Mathieu Cotterau: “How to Defend in Water?”
Gilles Martinez : Constructing assaults with sword and shield in the context of chivalrous duel of the feudal era (12th-13th c.). Level 1: from basics to techniques
Gilles Martinez : Constructing assaults with sword and shield in the context of chivalrous duel of the feudal era (12th-13th c.). Level 2 : from strategy to assault
Anouk Post, Martin de Jong, Peter Frank: Basics of Dutch military fencing with Klewang and carbine
Karin Verelst: Working with three stable triangles in basic throws and take downs from the Abrazare and Ringen close-combat systems
Marc-Olivier Blattin: Fencing with Rodela from the Iberian Peninsula
Maxime Chouinard: Introduction to Antrim Bata, a stick fighting style from Northern Ireland
Thomas Riviùre: Paulus Hector Mair’s Halberd
Vivien Poinsel (dwarf): 19th/20th century French wrestling
Aleix Basullas Vendrell: Offensive footwork in Destreza
Aleix Basullas Vendrell: Advanced binding actions in Destreza
Alvaro Lareo: “The Magics of Force times Speed”, ways to improve it and physical development for HEMA
Jens Peter Kleinau: Shield-bearers, kill the archers, now!
Sebastian LinstĂ€dt: 24 StĂ€nd im Langen Schwert in Codex Wallerstein – A progressive discussion.
Marine Beaumel: Sexta vs halpschilt and all that follows …
Stefan Dieke: Exploring the tactical levels of I.33 to attack 4th ward with Halbschild
Jasper Boelsma: Shieldbinding: How and why?

Ton Puey: Title to be confirmed
Keith Farrell: Title to be confirmed
George Livermore: Title to be confirmed
Torsten Schneier: Title to be confirmed
Filipe Martins: Title to be confirmed
Jay Maxwell: Title to be confirmed
Oskar Ter Mors: Title to be confirmed
Gilles Martinez: Title to be confirmed
Martin Enzi: Title to be confirmed
Harry Winter: Title to be confirmed
Bas Doeksen: Title to be confirmed
Olivier Dupuis: Title to be confirmed
Rob Runacres: Title to be confirmed
Sebastien Romagnan: Title to be confirmed
Sophie Proietto: Title to be confirmed
Romain Figliuzzi: Title to be confirmed
Christian Stickel: Title to be confirmed
Colin Richards: Title to be confirmed
David Pascal: Title to be confirmed
Eugen Karel: Title to be confirmed
Michael Bernstein: Title to be confirmed
Bastian Koppenhöfer: Title to be confirmed

And potentially more !

Daniel Jaquet
GaGschola
Swiss HEMA
Swiss
Biography
Daniel Jaquet is a scholar specialized in HEMA studies (PhD in medieval History, University of Geneva 2013), an international instructor (HEMAC member since 2007) and a HEMA practitioner since 2004. He is specialized in armoured fighting, but his expertise also include civil fighting with longsword and wrestling 15c.-16c. He is currently vice-president of the Swiss HEMA Federation and president of the International HEMA Federation (IFHEMA).
Lecture
European Martial Arts under glass, displaying HEMA in museums
Abstract: This lecture offers a survey of exhibitions in museums about HEMA since 1968 and will present the ongoing exhibition in Minsk in the context of the European Games 2019 (www.hema-minsk2019.org). Some insights behind the scene from the perspective of the curators and HEMA video as a way to display to a larger audience the art of fighting as an intangible cultural heritage.

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Gilles MARTINEZ
AcadĂ©mie d’AMHE ; Les Arts d’AthĂ©na
FFAMHE; HEMAC
France
Biography
Gilles Martinez is a medievalist historian specialized in the experimentation of martial techniques, both as a researcher and as a professional. He has been a HEMA instructor for 15 years and presides the group “Les Arts d’Athena”, that experiments on historical combat. His PhD thesis entitled « Des gestes pour combattre. Recherches et expĂ©rimentations sur le combat chevaleresque Ă  l’époque fĂ©odale : l’exemple du Roman de JaufrĂ© » (Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 2164), was defended recently at the University Paul-ValĂ©ry Montpellier 3. He is a member of the Centre for Medieval Studies of Montpellier (CEMM) and teaches at the University of NĂźmes
Lecture
Rediscovering chivalrous duel fencing from the feudal era. (12th-13th centuries
As they do no benefit from the technical and tactical input of treaties, chivalrous combat of the 12th and 13th centuries are less studied, less experimented and put into practice as later forms of martial techniques. However, the origins of western fencing exists in this feudal way of fighting. We acknowledge that the datas at our disposal are, certainly more than others, particularly sparce, scattered in a large varied corpus that requiers for its interpretation a solid historical, artistical and martial knowledge. Yet, these datas provide lots of information that can be more specific than those listed in the first technical treaties. It is particularly the case for chivalrous duels, as courtly literature and iconography of the time provide some abundant work material. This year’s presentation of the actual state of experimentations and research on feudal fencing follows the 2012 presentation of fighting on foot with sword and shield. The recent defending of our PhD allows us to shed new light on these topic. This lecture, based on our scholarly work, aims at providing keys to understanding the techniques and strategies presented in sources from the 12th and 13th centuries, as well as leads to put these elements into practice.

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Tea KEW
Cambridge HEMA
UK
Biography
I started historical fencing at Cambridge HEMA in late 2013 and have focused since the beginning on Ringeck’s longsword fencing. In 2017, I began to teach at external events around the UK, including Fightcamp. I also run the Illustrated Ringeck page, providing a photographic guide to the plays from his gloss.
Workshop
Sparring games
Sparring games are a great intermediate tool between drills and free fencing. They can be particularly useful for teaching concepts, such as vor and nach. This session will introduce attendees to a number of games that can help develop their skills, fitness and ability to use these ideas under pressure. Bring full gear and be prepared to sweat.
Level: You should know at least basic attacks and defences and be comfortable in a free-sparring environment.
Required gear: Full tournament gear, including longswords.
Source(s):

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Georg S. Samatovic
Art (HEMA) School in Republic of Serbia/ Belgrade – the “HEMAS”
HEMAS
Republic of Serbia
Biography
Georg S. Samatovic is the historian, consultant, museum guide, swordsmith, specialist for military history, historical weaponry and equipment.
He is the HEMA researcher/ practitioner/ instructor and founder of the first Historical European Martial Art School in Republic of Serbia/ Belgrade – the “HEMAS” back at 2010.
He is the one who comes from under the hill and walk unseen!
He is the clue- finder, the web-cutter, the stinging fly, and he was chosen for lucky number.
He is friend of the bears, and the guest of the eagles! He is the Ringwinner, Luckwearer, and he is a Barell-rider!!
https://www.facebook.com/istorijskomacevanje.org/
http://www.istorijskomacevanje.com/
Workshop
“All about Zwei Hengen”-,Come and hengen out with us!
The “All about Zwei Hengen” class/lecturing/workshop will cover ALL theoretical and practical aspects and applications of “Zwei Hengen” which is the one of most important principles and technique from tradition of Meister Johanes Leichtenauer and the Germanic school of swordsmanship in general!
We will cover all variants of “Zwei Hengen” techniques and principles (more or less, depending on time and schedule) comparatively according the s.c. codex Dobringer (Ms.3227a) and Sigmund Ringeks treatise (MS Dresden C487) and more…
– This class/lecturing/workshop is historical reconstruction by nature and it’s a relatively complex one!
– Please, note the following! During the workshop no warming up exercises will be done and all attendants are obliged to do warming up for them selves before lecturing start, if you please!
Level: Our class/lecturing/workshop is primarily intended for advanced students and instructors, but beginners are also welcome!
Required gear: Longsword/federschwert, protective mask, protective jacket, west or plastron, soft leather gloves!
Source(s):s.c. codex Dobringer (Ms.3227a), Sigmund Ringeks treatise (MS Dresden C487)

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Marine BEAUMEL
Tampere HEMA / Ost du Griffon Noir
Finland / France
Biography
I have always been practicing all kind of sports and different martial arts (savate, thai boxing, judo,
). I discovered HEMA in 2008 and joined the group in Toulouse (france) in 2010, where i’ve trained sword and buckler and then started teaching it. I have been an instructor for 5 years now. Nowadays, i am in Tampere (finland) where i co-founded a new group 4 years ago. I practice also langes messer, dagger and longsword. But my main focus is on 1.33.
Workshop
Sexta vs halpschilt and all that follows …
This workshop will be about a sequence from sexta vs halpschilt. This sequence will be decomposed in 4 or 6 steps (depending on the level and size of the group) to be able to work on the following principles / techniques:
– Enter into play (an effective first action).
– Distances and creation of fighting space (when to change axis and distance).
– The explosiveness and structure of the body (hips use, posture and power generation).
– Cross / side stepping (how and when to use it?).
– Close fight/grappling and follow through to wrestling (The “oh shit” situation and how to deal with it).
The objectives of this workshop are:
Give tools for better distance management
Gain explosiveness during techniques (defense and attack)
Be more comfortable with sideways and cross stepping
Level: The techniques and principles covered are accessible to all levels (a minimum of 4 to 6 months training in sword and buckler is still preferable)
Required gear: Only light equipment will be needed (mask, sword, buckler, lightweight gloves and throat protection(if possible))
Source(s):

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Tea KEW
Cambridge HEMA
UK
Biography
I started historical fencing at Cambridge HEMA in late 2013 and have focused since the beginning on Ringeck’s longsword fencing. In 2017, I began to teach at external events around the UK, including Fightcamp. I also run the Illustrated Ringeck page, providing a photographic guide to the plays from his gloss.
Workshop
Fencing from the sweeps
Ringeck’s longsword gloss includes a series of additional techniques that have been added to Liechtenauer’s art. The bulk of these are plays from ‘streychen’ – slashing up with the sword from a low position. This class will introduce these plays; look at the mechanics and timing required to use them successfully; and examine what they can tell us about the doctrine of Liechtenauer’s fencing.
Level: Beginner to intermediate in any longsword method. Fiorists very welcome.
Required gear: Longsword and mask at minimum. Gloves and throat protection recommended.
Source(s):

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Thomas BOEGLE
Freyfechter Augustini
DDHF, IFHEMA
Germany
Biography
Thomas Boegle has trained Longsword since 2011 and in 2012 first participated in an international tournament. Since then, he has regularly fought in local as well as international tournaments. He is the President of Freyfechter Augustini e.V, a club explicitly focusing on free sparring who train in Munich. In the summer of 2015 he was elected Vice President of DDHF (German HEMA Federation), with the responsibilities: Sport, Sport Development and Tournament beings. In this function he is also Germany’s judge instructor and chief judge.
Personal, he deals extensively with the subject as of how historical techniques can be applied in free fighting.
Workshop
The Krumphaw and its variations
The famous Meisterhau and its applications. What are the variants and possibilities of the Krumphaw? When can and should it be used? How can the technique be used in sparring? So many questions, but I will try to answer some of them.
Level: Beginners and intermediate students. Basic HEMA experience required.
Required gear: Minimum: Mask, throat protection and gloves.
Source(s): Techniques from Lichtenauer and Maier

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Thomas BOEGLE
Freyfechter Augustini
DDHF, IFHEMA
Germany
Biography
Thomas Boegle has trained Longsword since 2011 and in 2012 first participated in an international tournament. Since then, he has regularly fought in local as well as international tournaments. He is the President of Freyfechter Augustini e.V, a club explicitly focusing on free sparring who train in Munich. In the summer of 2015 he was elected Vice President of DDHF (German HEMA Federation), with the responsibilities: Sport, Sport Development and Tournament beings. In this function he is also Germany’s judge instructor and chief judge.
Personal, he deals extensively with the subject as of how historical techniques can be applied in free fighting.
Karl RAPP
Klingenspiel Vienna
ÖFHF, IFHEMA
Austria
Biography
Karl started HEMA in 2008, training in italian rapier and sabre as well as sword & Buckler (I.33). Since 2013 he’s focusing mainly on rapier and became the main italian rapier instructor at Klingenspiel, Vienna. He’s literally obsessed about Ridolfo Capoferro’s treatise (mainly because he still doesn’t understand everything in it, which drives him nuts every so often). He also likes to play with rapier against different weapons, be it longsword, sabre, sword and buckler or spear.
Workshop
Rapier and/or/vs. Longsword, technical principles and ideas – and some fun of course
Similarities and differences between Rapier and Longsword, what to take care of if you need (or want) to take not your usual weapon but the other one. The workshop covers also the weird situation when your opponent happens to wield the other type of sword and how to deal with this.
Level: Some level of experience with one of the two weapons is expected, if you’re completely new to both we’re not sure if it will be fun (but who are we to know?)
Required gear: Mask, gloves, throat protection and longsword or rapier.
Source(s): Lichtenauer, Meyer, Capoferro, Fabris

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Julien GARRY
De Taille & d’Estoc
FFAMHE
France
Biography
HEMA instructor from De Taille & d’Estoc since 2010, and member of HEMAC since 2012, also member of the administration board of the French HEMA Federation. Studying mainly French HEMA from the XIX/XXth century, like bayonet fencing, lance and sabre, on foot but also mounted, with a work group of riders.
He teaches and practices bayonet and sabre methods during the De Taille et d’Estoc “XIX century HEMA” training sessions and leads a work group on boarding fight between the XVIII and the XIX century.
He is also a researcher from the University of Burgundy and works on “War Fencing” in France from the Revolution to the first world war, and he published a HEMA book about bayonet fencing in 2016, La baĂŻonnette, Histoire d’une escrime de guerre. The result of his research on bayonet fencing at the University was published in 2018. Then he started a thesis on “War Fencing in the French Army in the XIXth and XXth century.”
He has been giving workshops about sabre and bayonet in some European HEMA-event since 2012, including workshop with horses at the EHEMAG event or Rossfechten Symposium event.
Eric LEBEAU
De Taille & d’Estoc
FFAMHE
France
Biography
I started HEMA with « De Taille & d’Estoc » in 2009 and after some years studying longsword/wrestling and dagger within the association i started to interest myself in the broadsword and backsword’s practice in 2012.
After a few year i submitted to the public a Thomas page’s treatise french translation.
I teach and study the broadsword’s usage using the treatise of Thomas Page, Captn John Godfrey, Andrew Lonnergan, James Miller, John Ferdinand and Captn George Sinclair.
Workshop
“Charge of the Highlanders”
This workshop will be divided in three parts.
In the first part, attendees will form two groups:
The first group will work on the charge of the highlanders that happened during the Jacobite uprising, as it is described in the ‘testimonies. Weapons used are broadsword and targe. The other group will work with bayonet rifles and learn how an infantry group used to receive a charge.
In the second part, the groups will switch places.
In the third part, actual charges will be experimented with as much safety as possible, and the roles will be switched several times so that everyone can experience the workshop on both sides.
This experimental workshop will focus on group dynamics and group movements.
Safety will be a crucial point.
Any bagpipe player is more than welcome to help making the charges sound as realistic as possible!
Level: Beginner level
Required gear: Sparing protection kit (mask/gloves/jacket), a broadsword simulator would be ideal (we have a dozen in stock), small swords or sabre simulators will do nicely. A targe (we have a few to lend but take one with you if you have one). Bayonet rifles (we have up to 20 simulators).
Source(s): RCIN 1083485: “An Examination & Vindication of the highlander’s Manner of attacking and fighting the enemy, in a day of Action” Anonyme. Treaties on bayonet fencing from late 17th century to early 19th century, mainly Anthony Gordon (Britain) and Alexandre MĂŒller (Napoleonic era).

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Julien GARRY
De Taille & d’Estoc
FFAMHE
France
Biography
HEMA instructor from De Taille & d’Estoc since 2010, and member of HEMAC since 2012, also member of the administration board of the French HEMA Federation. Studying mainly French HEMA from the XIX/XXth century, like bayonet fencing, lance and sabre, on foot but also mounted, with a work group of riders.
He teaches and practices bayonet and sabre methods during the De Taille et d’Estoc “XIX century HEMA” training sessions and leads a work group on boarding fight between the XVIII and the XIX century.
He is also a researcher from the University of Burgundy and works on “War Fencing” in France from the Revolution to the first world war, and he published a HEMA book about bayonet fencing in 2016, La baĂŻonnette, Histoire d’une escrime de guerre. The result of his research on bayonet fencing at the University was published in 2018. Then he started a thesis on “War Fencing in the French Army in the XIXth and XXth century.”
He has been giving workshops about sabre and bayonet in some European HEMA-event since 2012, including workshop with horses at the EHEMAG event or Rossfechten Symposium event.
Mathieu Cottereau
La Meute de NUADA
France
Biography
Mathieu discovered HEMA in 2011, and rapidly got interested in unarmed disciplines, like the various types of wresting. His philosophy revolves on mastering his own body in order to be as efficient as possible in the context of martial experimentation and the archaeology of gesture.
He is a member of La Meute de NUADA (Blain, Loire Atlantique, FRANCE), and gives workshops on several wrestling types (Birmann, Walerstein) that focus on topics linked to the construction of a fight (follow up of the attack after a failure etc
). The aim of his work is to reflect on how to create a succession of techniques and create the opening to use them.
Workshop
“How to Defend in Water?”
Technical elements presented in this workshop come from the “Rùglement d’entrainement physique des equipages” (Ruleset of physical training exercise for the crew) redacted by the Marine Nationale in 1921. These techniques were already known as early as the late 19th century, and were transmitted orally from lifeguard to lifeguard, making this manual one of the only written testimonies of these life-saving techniques.
This workshop aims at:
– Showing the basis of a “fight” in water between a lifeguard and someone in the process of drowning.
– Assimilate the techniques presented the ruleset of physical training exercise for the crew.
Procedure: First, a quick warm-up in the pool with the whole group to get ready.
The context of application of these techniques will be presented, demonstrated and then applied by attendees, with a focus on safety.
Once these techniques will be acquired, they will be put into practice in playful exercises in which attendees will in turn be the lifeguard and the panicked victim of a shipwreck.
Number of participants: 20 max (pre-registration at the reception desk).
Level: Attendees must know how to swim in autonomy, and not be afraid to put their head below water-surface.
Required gear: Attendees must wear adapted clothes (swim trunks and swimming cap). The workshop will take place at the Olympic pool (2 meters deep).
Source(s): “Rùglement d’entrainement physique des equipages” (Ruleset of physical training exercise for the crew) redacted by the Marine Nationale in 1921

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Gilles MARTINEZ
AcadĂ©mie d’AMHE ; Les Arts d’AthĂ©na
FFAMHE ; HEMAC
France
Biography
Gilles Martinez is a medievalist historian specialized in the experimentation of martial techniques, both as a researcher and as a professional. He has been a HEMA instructor for 15 years and presides the group “Les Arts d’Athena”, that experiments on historical combat. His PhD thesis entitled « Des gestes pour combattre. Recherches et expĂ©rimentations sur le combat chevaleresque Ă  l’époque fĂ©odale : l’exemple du Roman de JaufrĂ© » (Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 2164), was defended recently at the University Paul-ValĂ©ry Montpellier 3. He is a member of the Centre for Medieval Studies of Montpellier (CEMM) and teaches at the University of NĂźmes.
Workshop
Constructing assaults with sword and shield in the context of chivalrous duel of the feudal era (12th-13th c.). Level 1: from basics to techniques.
When it is done in its entirety, chivalrous duel of the feudal era (12th-13th c.) unfolds in three phases: the first takes place on horseback with a spear – the second is most often done on foot with a sword, and the third may lead the two opponents to engage in wrestling. This form of combat obeys on equal measures material constraints (offensive and defensive weaponry, introductory phase, etc.) and cultural conventions (public confrontation of nobles in front of aristocrats, codified sequences to show one’s “chivalry”, the use of “mercy”, etc.). Fencing plays a central role in the duel, as it is influenced by the phase on horseback, but can in turn affect the close combat phase. The knight’s technical gestures, based on choc, is undoubtedly its most remarkable feature.
Using the contextual and martial elements presented in our lecture, this first workshop proposes to put the fundamental gestures into practice, as well as some techniques of sword and shield picked up in the 12th and 13th centuries sources, along with the methods to facilitate their understanding.
Level: All levels welcome ! (Very few people work on 12th and 13th centuries sources, so beginners are naturally welcome !)
Required gear: Minimal: small sword (metal, wood or nylon), shield (any type accepted), fencing mask and gloves. Optional: fencing jacket, shin-guard.
Source(s): Textual, iconographical and archeological corpus of XIIe-XIIIe centuries.

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Gilles MARTINEZ
AcadĂ©mie d’AMHE ; Les Arts d’AthĂ©na
FFAMHE ; HEMAC
France
Biography
Gilles Martinez is a medievalist historian specialized in the experimentation of martial techniques, both as a researcher and as a professional. He has been a HEMA instructor for 15 years and presides the group “Les Arts d’Athena”, that experiments on historical combat. His PhD thesis entitled « Des gestes pour combattre. Recherches et expĂ©rimentations sur le combat chevaleresque Ă  l’époque fĂ©odale : l’exemple du Roman de JaufrĂ© » (Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 2164), was defended recently at the University Paul-ValĂ©ry Montpellier 3. He is a member of the Centre for Medieval Studies of Montpellier (CEMM) and teaches at the University of NĂźmes.
Workshop
Constructing assaults with sword and shield in the context of chivalrous duel of the feudal era (12th-13th c.). Level 2 : from strategy to assault.
WStarting with the first elements of martial technique picked up in the 12th and 13th centuries sources, the experimentation procedure that we have established during the past fifteen years has permitted to propose some advanced understanding of the dominant situations – or so they seem – of this type of combat. It appears, among other things, that the tactical handling of the chivalrous duel is principally based on parry-response actions.
Using the contextual and martial elements presented in our lecture, and the bases presented in the first workshop, we propose, in this second workshop, a method to construct a series of actions that will improve the efficiency of the assault.
Level: All levels

You must have attended the Level 1 workshop to access level 2 !!!
Required gear: Minimal: small sword (metal, wood or nylon), shield (any type accepted), fencing mask and gloves. Optional: fencing jacket, shin-guard.
Source(s): Textual, iconographical and archeological corpus of XIIe-XIIIe centuries.

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Anouk POST
HSSV Ludolph van Ceulen H.E.M.A. club
Dutch H.E.M.A. Federation
Netherlands
Biography
Anouk Post started H.E.M.A. in 2012, first longsword but eventually switched to military sabre. She is one of the instructors at the HSSV Ludolph van Ceulen H.E.M.A. club in Leiden, a former board member of the Dutch H.E.M.A. Federation and she has taught at many international events such as HEMAC Dijon, ILHG, SWOOSH, Swiss Blades, By the Sword, International Sabre Symposium and Kings of the North.
Martin DE JONG
HSSV Ludolph van Ceulen H.E.M.A. club
Dutch H.E.M.A. Federation
Netherlands
Biography
Martin discovered H.E.M.A. in 2015 after years of being an avid soccer player and having dabbled in boxing and several other martial arts for a few years. Like many he started out with longsword, first joining a club focused on H.E.M.A. as a sport and later joined a show based H.E.M.A. group a year later. As a showfighter of Bataille Martin had been a part of several shows now. Soon however his attention was drawn to the more one-handed weapon styles, and after looking into the I.33 manuscript and Bolognese sword and buckler, sabre was added to his repertoire. Martin is an instructor of HSSV Ludolph van Ceulen where he studies and teaches military fencing.
Peter FRANK
Die Freifechter
Germany
Biography
Peter has been practicing historical fencing since 2009 and a trainer at Die Freifechter in Cologne since 2011. He mostly focused on British military fencing, but is also interested in fencing with the Langes Messer, rapier, Klewang and bayonet-fencing with carbine and rifle. In 2016 he published a transcript of the 1804 edition of the Art of Defence by C. Roworth. He has taught at various events such as the ILHG, Kings of the North, the International Sabre Symposium, SWOOSH, Winterkamp and several more.
Workshop
Basics of Dutch military fencing with Klewang and carbine
In our course we want to introduce attendees to the basics of Dutch military fencing with Klewang and carbine as described in sources of the KNIL, the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army. We will build things from the ground up, so no prior knowledge of military fencing, be it with the sabre or bayonet, is required, starting with footwork and single klewang, moving through klewang and carbine together (contrasting two very different KNIL sources) and finally ending on on to fencing with the carbine and bayonet. As context is important to understand why the sources advocate the techniques they do, we will also cover the basics of their history.
Attendees will need to bring a Mask, throat and groin protection as well as good gloves. As the Bayonet part of the lesson will focus on thrusts, chest protection is advisable, but not strictly speaking required.
As the number of Klewang simulators is limited, a short, single handed sabre (hanger or cutlass) would be good to bring, if possible. Bayonet trainers will be provided.
Level: Beginner
Required gear: Attendees will need to bring a Mask, throat and groin protection as well as good gloves. As the Bayonet part of the lesson will focus on thrusts, chest protection is advisable, but not strictly speaking required. As the number of Klewang simulators is limited, a short, single handed sabre (hanger or cutlass) would be good to bring, if possible. Bayonet trainers will be provided.
Source(s): KNIL, the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army

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Karin VERELST
HSK De Vagant
Belgian HEMA Federation SBSN
Belgium
Biography
Karin Verelst practices HEMA since more than one decennium and martial arts since twenty years. She trained with the well-known Belgian group SwArta, was co-founder of the Brussels group Via Bruxellensis, and recently founded the historical fencing guild at Brussels Free University HSK DE Vagant. She is co-founder and acted as founding president of the Belgian HEMA-Federation. Karin’s main focus is on longsword, ringen and dagger (Liechtenauer and Fiore), although she broadened her interest to Destreza rapier and Messer over the past few years. Other favourites of hers are Jogo do Pau and Glima. She participates regularly in international competitions and other HEMA-related international events. Her further martial experience includes Olympic boxing, Tai Jutsu and Shaolin Kung Fu. In this latter discipline, she followed an intense stage in the Kunyu Shan Mountain Traditional Martial Arts Academy, at Shandong Province, China, summer 2015, crowned with a successful public exam. She moreover acquired the basic professional qualification of the British Academy of Dramatic Combat (BADC) in 2016. Karin makes a priority of getting women to become succesful HEMA-practitioners, and developed a tailored method for tackling specific biomechanical and psychomechanical problems they encounter upon entering the HEMA-world, for use within normal, mixed training contexts. This workshop, “Working with the Female Body in HEMA”, is received very well and has been invited to a number of events internationally. 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 — Tradition and Transmission of Martial Arts in Europe, published by Brill, in 2016. As a NIAS-fellow in 2017, she presented the fine fleur of international humanities scholars with their first encounter with this exciting new field. Last but not least, she is preparing several articles on HEMA-related subjects, and cherishes the not-so-secret ambition to publish a critical edition of ‘Archetype L’, the presumed original of Liechtenauer’s Zedel somewhere over the coming years.
Workshop
Working with three stable triangles in basic throws and take downs from the Abrazare and Ringen close-combat systems
The transmission of the eldest European fight systems through concise and secretive manuals destined for experienced practitioners poses specific problems to their interpretation as a system. Many basic issues, like footwork and body posture, are passed over quickly or not mentioned at all. This could give the modern observer the wrong impression that Liechtenauer’s and Fiore’s fight systems lack sound foundations and are merely heuristic catalogs of more or less effective techniques. We shall see that this is wrong: the techniques in Liechtenauer’s Ringen and Fiore’s Abrazare betray a keen awareness of body mechanics, and specifically of the use of planes and axes of motion in both the set up and the efficient execution of techniques, and independently of the question whether those insights were implicitly acquired by students or explicitly shown in the context of oral teaching by example. We shall revisit some some techniques to illustrate this point of view, and demonstrate that modern approaches to the teaching of ancient combat curricula can profit from using modern biomechanical insights, for the simple reason that these insights are incorporated in them already at least implicitly.
Our workshop will deal with some basic throws and take downs, as well as their counters, from both the Ringen and Abrazare curriculum. We shall show how they can all be understood and learned effectively by taking the existence of three stable, transversal triangles along the longitudinal axis of the body into account. Executing a technique comes down to breaking the symmetry (structure) of either of these in the position of an opponent, which changes the position of his central line and thus presents an opportunity to execute the technique succesfully. Interestingly, the same structural requirements hold for unarmed combat and two-handed longsword, al be it that the difference in distance has to be taken into account. This is relevant while teaching ringen am swert — we will deal with some examples. The biomechanical situation changes drastically when shifting to one-handed weapons and techniques, because the orientation of the relevant planes of symmetry changes. When these changes are taken into account, the same principles hold. We shall only indicate this in the one- handed case, because that subject is material for a separate workshop.
Level: Beginner
Required gear: Sports clothing, cup, chest protection (optional), mask, sword.
Source(s): Techniques from Wallerstein, Talhoffer, Auerswald, Fiore

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Marc-Olivier BLATTIN
De Taille & d’Estoc
FFAMHE
France
Biography
Marc-Olivier started the AMHE in 2011 with the association la ConfrĂ©rie de la Corneille in Rennes. There he discovered the basics of the HEMA, especially with the long sword and the bocle sword, and then quickly began to work on the sources of the 17th century. Later, he went through numerous associations in the west of France, in which he led workshops on the rapier of the early 17th century. For several years he worked on Girard Thibault d’Anvers’ treatise, the AcadĂ©mie de l’Ă©pĂ©e, before moving on to fencing of Spanish origin. Apart from the rapier, he also worked on other sources: sickle, staff and pole weapon.
Before the HEMA, he practiced Stage Fencing for around 15 years.
Workshop
Fencing with Rodela from the Iberian Peninsula
The workshop will focus on the basics of rodela, especially from the first 10 chapters taken from the manuscript written by Domingo Luis Godinho.
Level: Open to all levels
Required gear: SideSword and rodela / round shield, mask and gloves
Source(s): Portuguese manuscript PBA 58, by Domingo Luis Godinho, 1599. Secondary source: Tratado das liçoens da espada preta, Thomas Luiz, 1685

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Maxime CHOUINARD
Canada
Biography
Maxime Chouinard has been practicing martial arts for close to 20 years with experience in Kyokushin karate, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Canne de Combat, Olympic fencing, Shinkendo and Hyoho Niten Ichi Ryu. He has been researching HEMA since 2002 with a special interest in 19th century martial arts. Maxime now practices la canne, bĂąton, French sabre, Highland broadsword, bowie knife, Irish stick and pugilism and has taught in several HEMA events.
Maxime studied in archaeology at Laval University before completing a master in cultural heritage at Deakin University. His thesis was on martial arts as cultural heritage. He has since worked as a curator for the Morrin Centre and the Museum of Health Care and is now supervisor of historical collections at Parks Canada.
In 2007, Maxime travelled to Ireland in part to learn Irish stick fighting. He managed to learn a traditional style from County Antrim and received permission to teach the art which he has since 2010. He now teaches out of Ottawa, Canada and is head instructor for Antrim Bata.
Workshop
Introduction to Antrim Bata, a stick fighting style from Northern Ireland
Bataireacht, or as it is now more commonly known Irish stick fighting, was an extremely popular martial art in 19th century Ireland. Irish stick fighters became widely recognized in Europe as experts in their trade. Being heavily tied to faction fights, the art slowly disappeared with the practice, but a few styles managed to be kept alive. Among them, Antrim Bata, an art practiced by the Ramsey family of Northern Ireland since at least the mid 19th century but with certain technical elements linking it to fencing of the 18th and perhaps even earlier.
In this workshop, we will explore some of the peculiarities of Antrim Bata and how an oral tradition can be examined through the lens of historical martial arts. We will look at guards, footwork, the mechanics for varied strikes as well as group combat drills.
Level: Open to all levels
Required gear: Irish stick
Source(s): Oral information from Antrim Bata

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Maxime CHOUINARD
Canada
Biographie
Maxime Chouinard pratique les arts martiaux depuis prĂšs de 20 ans avec une expĂ©rience dans le karatĂ© Kyokushin, le jiu jitsu brĂ©silien, la canne de combat, l’escrime olympique, le shinkendo et le Hyoho Niten Ichi Ryu. Il est actif dans le domaine de la recherche sur les AMHE depuis 2002 avec un intĂ©rĂȘt particulier pour les arts martiaux du XIXe siĂšcle. Maxime pratique maintenant la canne, le bĂąton, le sabre français, la broadsword Ă©cossaise, le couteau bowie, le bĂąton irlandais et le pugilat et a enseignĂ© dans plusieurs Ă©vĂ©nements d’AHME.
Maxime a Ă©tudiĂ© l’archĂ©ologie Ă  l’universitĂ© Laval avant de complĂ©ter une maĂźtrise en patrimoine culturel Ă  l’universitĂ© Deakin. Le sujet de son mĂ©moire portait sur les arts martiaux en tant que patrimoine culturel. Il a depuis travaillĂ© comme conservateur pour le Morrin Centre, le MusĂ©e de la santĂ© et est maintenant superviseur des collections historiques pour Parcs Canada.
En 2007, Maxime a voyagĂ© en Irlande en partie pour apprendre le bĂąton irlandais. Il a rĂ©ussi Ă  apprendre un style traditionnel du comtĂ© d’Antrim et reçu la permission d’enseigner l’art ce qu’il fait depuis 2010. Il enseigne maintenant Ă  Ottawa au Canada et est instructeur chef pour l’Antrim Bata.
Atelier
Introduction à l’Antrim Bata, un style de combat au bñton de l’Irlande du Nord
Le bataireacht, ou comme il est communĂ©ment appelĂ© le bĂąton irlandais, fut un art martial extrĂȘmement populaire dans l’Irlande du XIXe siĂšcle. Les bĂątonnistes irlandais furent Ă  l’époque reconnus comme des experts dans leur domaine. Étant fortement liĂ© aux combats de factions, l’art pĂ©riclita lentement avec cette pratique, mais quelques styles survĂ©curent. Parmi eux, l’Antrim Bata, un art pratiquĂ© par la famille Ramsey d’Irlande du Nord depuis au moins le milieu du XIXe siĂšcle bien que certains Ă©lĂ©ments techniques le lie Ă  l’escrime du XVIIIe et possiblement plus loin encore.
Dans cet atelier, nous explorerons certains particularitĂ©s de l’Antrim Bata et comment une tradition orale peut ĂȘtre examinĂ©e Ă  travers le filtre des arts martiaux historiques. Nous examinerons les gardes, le jeu de jambe, les mĂ©caniques des diffĂ©rentes frappes ainsi que des exercices de combat de groupe.
Expérience : Cet atelier est ouvert aux pratiquants de tout niveau
Equipement : Un bĂąton irlandais.
Source(s) : Transmissions orales d’Antrim Bata

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Thomas RIVIERE
Chapitre des Armes
FFAMHE
France
Biography
Thomas started practicing HEMA with REGHT in 2013, an is now an instructor of German longsword, dussack and stick for the Chapitre des Armes association. His main topic of interest is the Tradition of Liechtenauer, with a preference for sixteenth century fencing and mounted combat. For several years now, I have been producing several translations and synthesis works for the French HEMA community, notably on Paulus Hector Mair and armoured combat on horseback.
Workshop
Paulus Hector Mair’s Halberd
Halberd is an emblematic weapon of the sixteenth century. It was present on the battlefields, being inseparable from the lansquenets, and was handled by sergeants charged to maintain public order in the cities. It was also associated with swordplay, as it was used by members of the bourgeoisie of the Holy Empire in fencing halls.
Paulus Hector Mair was a high-ranking official from Augsbourg in the mid sixteenth century, and a keen fencer who had a whole publication dedicated to this topic. This work addresses several styles of combats and weapons, one of which being the halberd.
In this workshop we will study the basis of halberd using the De Arte Athletica source. The main goal is to understand the unfolding of simple action with the halberd in order to put them into practice in free game.
Level: No specific level required, though some knowledge of German longsword or stick would be ideal.
Required gear: A halberd (no metal). A poleaxe can be used in place of the halberd (you must be able to hook with the front and the back of the blade, ideal size of the weapon in between 6’5 and 8’2 foot long). Protection: fencing mask, hard gloves, protecting cup. Fencing jacket is optional.
Source(s): De Arte Athletica (Paulus Hector Mair)

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Aleix Basullas VENDRELL
AEAS, AEACC
Spain
Biography
I started HEMA at some point before 2008, when I helped found my first club, AEAS, where we initially studied Liechtenauer longsword and soon after Destreza rapier. In 2013 I became the main instructor at the club, and in 2014 we founded a second club, AEACC. Around this time i started to study Rada’s Destreza, which has become my focus since then.
Workshop
Offensive footwork in Destreza
Entering to attack without exposing yourself can be hard, especially when a proper follow up is commonly ignored as fights often stop quickly after the hit. This class will show ways to accomplish it and going back to safety according to Destreza focusing on three kinds of footwork.
Level: Basic familiarity with rapier required
Required gear: Mask and sword are necessary, jacket recommended
Source(s): “Nobleza de la Espada” by Francisco Lorenz de Rada

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Aleix Basullas VENDRELL
AEAS, AEACC
Spain
Biography
I started HEMA at some point before 2008, when I helped found my first club, AEAS, where we initially studied Liechtenauer longsword and soon after Destreza rapier. In 2013 I became the main instructor at the club, and in 2014 we founded a second club, AEACC. Around this time i started to study Rada’s Destreza, which has become my focus since then.
Workshop
Advanced binding actions in Destreza
Fights between Diestros risk becoming a stalemate with both trying to win the bind. To break this stalemate this class will focus on tools that can be used to manipulate the bind to create more opportunities to attack, both remaining in the bind or leaving it, and identifying the right situations to apply them.
Level: This class requires familiarity with feeling and working the bind (not necessarily Destreza style)
Required gear: Mask and sword are necessary, jacket and a forearm protector for the weapon arm are recommended
Source(s): “Nobleza de la Espada” by Francisco Lorenz de Rada

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Vivien POINSEL
La Meute de Nuada, De Taille et d’Estoc, D.W.A.R.F
FFAMHE/D.W.A.R.F
France
Biography
I discovered HEMA in 2010 with De Taille et d’Estoc.
I’ve been an instructor for several events: Dijon 2011, 2014 and 2017, Fightcamp 2013 and 2015, Arles 2014, Pont-de-Buis 2014 and 2016, Dinan 2013 and 2014, Nantes 2014 and 2016, IDF 2015 and 2018, Noble Science 2016, Noble Science France 2019.
I founded the club La Meute de Nuada in 2017 in Blain (France). I also created and organized the DWARF wrestling tournament that was presented at Nantes in 2014 and 2016, Blain 2018 and 2019 and Dijon 2017. I study wrestling tradition of Fiore, Ott, Wallerstein, Petter, Auerswald, Talhoffer, Birman, and I have been specialising in Nineteenth century French wrestling since 2011.
Workshop
19th/20th century French wrestling
This workshop will present 19th/20th century French wrestling, a discipline that is the ancestor to Greco-Roman wrestling. This workshop is based on a compilation of LĂ©on Ville’s work.
LĂ©on Ville was a wrestler who learned the “Lutte Ă  la main” (former name of French wrestling), popularised by Jean Exroyat in the mid-19th century, and influenced by the great wrestlers of his ime. To my knowledge, he left us with five sources that you can access here:
In French : https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qL8Upl6hSypCw54iA9re1on382hJzCOf/view
In English : https://drive.google.com/file/d/1B-akte80tUjWoBcosGAuP4budyEKJITe/view
He was an instructor in several fencing halls in Paris and use to teach his own methods. This workshop is open to all levels, beginners and experienced (the only requirement is a correct physical condition). Attendees will surely recognize postures similar to various wrestling traditions. The techniques of this treaty must be highlighted in the tournament. The goal of this workshop is to assimilate these techniques and to learn how to use them efficiently in combat.
Level: All levels welcome
Required gear: Protective cups, teeth protection, tight feeting clothes an wrestling shoes are higly recommanded for the workshop and are compulsory for the tournament.
Source(s): la-lutte-francaise-arrangee-pour-exercices-d’ensemble, La Lutte française arrangĂ©e pour exercices d’ensemble (autre Ă©dition), La_Lutte_et_les_lutteurs, La lutte Française, Lutteurs_et_gladiateurs

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Alvaro LAREO
Spain
Biography
Member and physical trainer of Sala Fenix located in Bilbao. Practicing fitness for 12 years among other contact sports (greek roman wrestling, kick boxing). Has been practicing HEMA for several years focusing on the german longsword. He also has an international IFBB/NASM certification on nutrition.
Workshop
“The Magics of Force times Speed”, ways to improve it and physical development for HEMA
In this workshop we will focus on the concept of power in sports, we will divide it into separate factors and try to improve them (according to our needs ) with different training methodologies focused on HEMA practice The workshop will be divided into different parts : A little introductory section of theory with the basic explanation of the temary Dynamic stretches and a warming up to prime the body for the workout. Two different workouts, each one focused on a different factor of the equation. Work on Mind-implied musculature to improve movement efficiency A recap of the concepts given. Questions and answers.
Level: All levels welcome
Required gear: Towel, will sweat, something to stay hydrated (although there’s a break planned, staying hydrated is a must here)
Source(s):

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Jens Peter KLEINAU
Zornhau and MarxbrĂŒder, Germany
DDHF, Deutschen Dachverband Historischer Fechter e.V.
Germany
Biography
Jens P. Kleinau (nom de plume “Johann Paulus Kal”) is the instructor for single handed weapons at Zornhau and Fechtfabrik Germany.
His main studies since 1973 had been Fencing and Shotokan Karate, and today are Tai Chi, Wing Chun and of cause Historical Martial Arts. He has been a member of Zornhau since 2005, and in 2009 he joined a second HEMA club named Stahl auf Stahl, Frankfurt, Germany. In 2013 he founded the New MarxbrĂŒder association in Frankfurt. Since 2015 he is teaching as well at the Fechtfabrik.
Jens P. transcribes, translates, and interprets the medieval and renaissance fighting manuals and publishes mostly at his well-known blog http://talhoffer.wordpress.com. He was awarded as Best Instructor by the HEMA Scholar Award 2017.
Workshop
Shield-bearers, kill the archers, now!
Bring a shield to a knife fight! In battlefield the shield-bearers have tactical duties not matching those of a noble knightly duel. On one side they have to protect lightly armoured fighters against missiles, and on the other side they must advance the missile throwers and shooters of the opponents to kill them. Where the cavalry was there to scatter the archers.
The spear and lance were mostly used to against archers up to close combat. We will put the spear aside, and concentrate on techniques used in close combat with sword and shield. I will reduce the workshop to techniques documented by master Johannes LeckĂŒchner. We will use techniques you will find 1:1 in his book.
We will learn what a “shield-wall” really was, we will use shields and swords to overcome the “shield-wall”, and how we can advance to the archers, while they constantly throw their missiles at us. When we are close, we will try to kill the archers. But be aware, they have Messers as well. Archers are no easy prey.
This is a workshop to have your protection gear available. There will be (safe) missiles thrown at you. You need a sword or a Messer. If you have a shield, great. But we will have some to borrow.
Level: Beginner up to instructor
Required gear: Fencing Mask, fencing jacket, Messer or Sword, and a shield (60cm diameter at least) if you have
Source(s): 1482 Hans LeckĂŒchner, BSB Cgm 582

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Colin RICHARDS
Arts of Mars Academy
HEMAC
Germany
Biography
British living in Germany with a HEMA school with over 40 students. With 38 years experience in teaching and doing martial arts. He has conducted original research in many treatises including Fiore, Ringeck, I.33 and into the use of Viking weapons. His current research is on movement in combat in the early treatises.
Workshop
“The Zufechten ofLiechtenauer”
My class will be on the same subject “Zufechten of Liechtenauer” and will be only open to advanced students that can do the following:
Use diagonal steps, both full and half steps, combination steps [combining a half step with a full step], people that know how to Zucken [pulling], Durchwechsel [changing through], and Abnahmen [Taking off], make all 5 master hau defensively and in attack. They should have a good knowledge of stepping offline to the left and right.
Level: Advanced
Required gear: People should have a minimum of a helmet, padded gloves and a gorget. More equipment is also possible.
Source(s):

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Sebastian LINSTADT
Schwert und Bogen Nürnberg
Germany
Biography
Sebastian is student and trainer in Nurembergs only HEMA-School Schwert und Bogen (Sword & Bow). He is doing HEMA since 2010. He went on a swordtrip with Ingulf Popp-Kohlweiss in 2016 and had the time of his life: www.swordtrip.com. Since 2017 Sebastian runs Swordtrip – THE GATHERING, the biggest german-spoken HEMA-Event in Germany at the moment together with the other three “mad hatters”. In October 2019, he will host “HEMAÂŽs coming HOME” in Nuremberg with his partner Andreas Fuchs.
Workshop
24 StĂ€nd im Langen Schwert in Codex Wallerstein – A progressive discussion
As I donÂŽt like classical Workshops very much as a teacher, I prefer an open approach to the Blossfechten section in Codex Wallerstein. I want to introduce some of my ideas concerning the gripping shown in this marvelous source – but IÂŽm also quite interested about your experiences and ideas concerning Wallerstein. So I would describe my “workshop” as an moderated discussion between equals.
Level: It might be helpful to have worked with a source before – but everybody is welcome!
Required gear: Longsword! A Feder will also work just fine! Maybe light gloves. Optional: If you want to try out some of the techniques “in the wild”, bring all protection stuff you seem necessary.
Source(s): Main Source as given by the university of Augsburg,
Transcription by Dierk “Sourcerer” Hagedorn of Hammaborg, Wallerstein on Wiktenauer

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Stefan DIEKE
Alte Kampfkunst
N/A
Germany
Biography
Stefan is a german HEMA pioneer and works as a professional HEMA instructor. He runs ‘Alte Kampfkunst‘, a full time HEMA-school located in Wuppertal, Germany. There he teaches Sabre, Longsword and Bartitsu / Cane as regular classes and gives seminars in these and some other historical weapons, like rapier, staff and dagger.
Besides giving seminars internationally, he taught at a number of the most prestigious HEMA events worldwide, like WMAW, ISMAC, SWASH, the Dreynevent, the Australian Historical Swordplay Conferencen, the Paddy Crean Workshop, Dijon 

Having been member of several HEMA organizations his motto finally is ‘No politics – just swordsmanship’.
Workshop
Exploring the tactical levels of I.33 to attack 4th ward with Halbschild
Manuscript I.33 states that Halbschild can be used to attack an opponent who is in 4th ward. But it doesn’t give further information.
In this class we will follow the principles of the I.33 system, apply typical techniques and explore the tactical levels of the source to build an educated guess of how to fill this gap.
Level: All levels
Required gear: Sword, fencing mask, buckler. Highly recommended: gloves
Source(s): Manuscript I.33, Sword & Buckler movie

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Julien VUAGNIAUX
France
Biography
Did many years of hema, more than 6years of armoured training.. Use with pleasure my swiss set of armor. Like to expriment sparring with different People and different set of armors.
Workshop
Harnisch Ringen, the link between Entrées and unterhalten
This workshop is based on armour wrestling, either after the loss of the weapon, or volontary without one. We will try to realize clean ground putting, either with the dagger, or without weapons. There are not many sources, some from Fiore, and from other treaties. We will try to find how to connect natural armour wrestling with treaties and to manage also unwanted falls. Finally, we will link various “civils” wrestling techniques with Harnisch.
Level: Intermediate
Required gear: Complete armour ou close, fencing mask, or eventually heavy HEMA protections.
Source(s):

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Jasper BOELSMA
HSSV Ludolph van Ceulen H.E.M.A. club
Dutch H.E.M.A. Federation
Netherlands
Biography
Hi, my name is Jasper Boelsma.
Besides HEMA-practitioner and instructor, I am also an archaeologist with a specialisation in the early medieval period and early medieval warfare.
I started practicing HEMA in January of 2015, along with a small group of fellow students of archaeology at Leiden University. This small group eventually developed into HSSV Ludolph van Ceulen, the only HEMA-club for university students in the Netherlands.
The club mainly focusses on LeckĂŒchner messer, though tries to include as many different weapons as possible, to let our students experience both the uniqueness and similarities between different weapon sets.
In January 2016, I started experimenting with the Viking Age weapons, and have been practicing between 2 and 6 hours a week with it ever since. The system I use is greatly inspired by the sword-and-buckler manuscripts MS. I.33 and Lignitzer, and Talhoffer’s section on fighting with tower-shields, though none of these manuscripts completely fit these amazing weapons and the accompanying fighting style.
Workshop
Shieldbinding: How and why?
Together with (Deandra de Looff), I will be presenting a workshop on fighting with the early medieval round shield, commonly referred to as a ‘Viking’ shield. Though there are no manuscripts detailing the use of early medieval weapons, that we know off, we do have other sources that can help with reconstructing their use. Both the original weapons from the archaeological record and the manuscripts from more recent periods detailing the use of sword&buckler are the most important sources. Both Ms. I.33 and Lignitzer have proven to be hugely influential in the reconstruction, though neither can be implemented 100%.
One of the most obvious and biggest differences has to do with the size of the shield compared to the size of the buckler. Shield contact is much more frequent, and manipulating your opponent’s shield with your own has proven itself to be a fundamental part of the system. However, even if people realize the potential of this bind, they may not fully understand how to pull it off, and still regard or use the shield as an object purely defensive in nature. Therefore, the aim of the workshop is to introduce you to the offensive capabilities of the early medieval round shield and give you an understanding of how to bind with the shield in such a way that your opponent’s defenses are opened up. You can be assured to leave the workshop with not only this understanding, but also with a sense of wonder and interest for the weapon, and a sore left shoulder.
Of course, to attend this workshop, some gear is required. The minimum gear required would be a mask, light leather gloves, and a one-handed sword. A centre-gripped round shield (other shields don’t work) is of course also important to have. If you have one, please bring it with you, but we will also bring a small number of shields with us, and the organisation also has some shields lying around somewhere, though the exact number is still unknown to me.
Level: Intermediate
Required gear: The minimum gear required would be a mask, light leather gloves, and a one-handed sword. A centre-gripped round shield (other shields don’t work) is of course also important to have. If you have one, please bring it with you, but we will also bring a small number of shields with us, and the organisation also has some shields lying around somewhere, though the exact number is still unknown to me.
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