Trainers of the next Dreynevent. Who they are, what they do and why we invited them.

Matt Galas

Matt Galas is a senior HEMA instructor and researcher specializing in the traditional martial arts of Medieval and Renaissance Europe. He has studied the history of swordsmanship and the related fighting arts since 1982, with an emphasis on the German martial tradition. In recent years, he has broadened his inquiries to include the French, Iberian, and Belgian martial traditions as well.

Matt Galas has a background in sport fencing (foil, epee, sabre) and the Japanese sword arts. He regularly lectures and teaches workshops on the German martial arts at international conferences on the Historical European Martial Arts.

Roman Vučajnk

Roman Vučajnk has studied and practiced HEMA since the late 1990s with a special attachment to the legacy of Joachim Meyer and commits to his core five weapons. He has been privileged to learn and share with numerous European groups and associations. Roman has also taught at major European HEMA events and is a member of HEMAC and an honorary member of De Taille et d'Estoc, as well as Asociación para el Estudio y Desarrollo de las Artes Marciales Europeas He currently explores the wonderful realms of urban combat of the 16th and the 17th centuries.

Laure Bornier

Laure Bornier began to practice Hema when she joined De Taille et d’Estoc (Dijon, France) in 2009. She first learned wrestling, dagger and longsword from Fiore Dei Liberi, and then gave a try in various weapons and traditions such as French rapier or langes Messer.

In 2011, she started Viking reenactment and decided to work more on this period. She was very attracted by the variety of weapons used, and curious of what Viking fighting could look like, due to the lack of sources. She manages sessions dedicated to Viking fighting in her club, and she gave some workshops in different events in France for few years.

Stefan Dieke

Stefan is a German HEMA pioneer and works as a professional HEMA instructor. He runs "Alte Kampfkunst", a fulltime 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.

He started 'swordfighting' in the early 1990s and began working with historical sources at around 1995. After looking at various treatises from the 16th c. he finally found "his" first source: Joachim Meyer's "Gründtliche Beschreibung der Fechtkunst ..." from 1570. For three years he worked on developing his interpretation for Meyer's Rapier system. From there he moved on to english sabre, But then he realised, that there was nobody else in Germany - outside his own group - who he could fence with in Rapier or Sabre. Thus he started looking into the Liechtenauer tradition of the long sword which now seems to be his everlasting love. Besides giving seminars internationaly, he taught at a number of the most prestigiuos HEMA events worldwide, like WMAW, Dijon, ISMAC, SWASH, the Australian Historical Swordplay Conferencen, the Paddy Crean Workshop, Dijon … and the Dreynevent 😉

Having been member of several HEMA organizations his motto finally is "No politics – just swordsmanship".

Julien Garry

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 of the XIX/XXth century, like bayonet fencing, lance and sabre, on foot but also mounted, with a work group of riders.

He teaches and practice bayonet and sabre methods during the De Taille et d’Estoc “XIX century HEMA” training sessions, and leading a work group on boarding fight between the XVIII and the XIX century.

He is also a researcher from the University of Burgundy, and working 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 baïonnette, Histoire d'une escrime de guerre. He gives workshops about sabre and bayonet in some european HEMA-event since 2012, inluding workshop with horses on the EHEMAG event or Rossfechten Symposium event.

Hans Heim

I began my martial art career twenty years ago with philippine martial arts.

After nine years I finally got in contact with “Der Kunst des Fechtens”. The first contact has been a seminar about showfighting with medieval swords. This has been not enough for me, so some friends and I hosted a seminar with John Clemens in Munich. This has been my personal kick off with swords.

After establishing “Ochs-historische Kampfkünste e.V.”, still one of the biggest clubs about medieval martial arts in Germany, making one (not so much impressing) video and three (this time really good ones) DVD´s about the use of the Langes Schwert and the Langes Messer, a lot of seminars, 14 years of training with Langes Schwert, Langes Messer and Dolchkampf.

Elisabeth Orion

Born and raised in Italy, after graduating from school she moved to Vienna to study languages and music. Here she stumbled upon the only Bolognese fencing Club of Austria “Fior della Spada” and fell in love with this unique tradition of fencing. She has been assisting head-coach Alex Zalud in translating the sources and organizing training sessions for a few years and then became chairman of the club in 2017.

She is mainly practicing Bolognese fencing but has worked also with other sources like Martinelli, and Blengini.

Herbert Schmidt

Herbert Schmidt founded the Austrian club Ars Gladii in 1999 and has been its trainer since.

He began to reconstruct the art of the longsword in the Liechtenauer tradition soon to be followed by work on sword and buckler in the system of the I.33. His aim has always been a faithful reconstruction of the sources. Having published two books on swordsmanship and one on the buckler he is giving talks and workshops all over Europe, especially regarding his work on the I.33. Herbert Schmidt lives and teaches in Austria.

Detlev Schops

My name is Detlev Schops, a founding member and co-instructor of SwArta (Belgium).

I started with HEMA in about 2002, interpreting historical fighting manuals, focussed on unarmed, dagger and longsword. My international experience is co-instructing at several HEMA-events in Europe (such as Dijon, Swordfish, HEFFAC, Dreynevent).

Francesca Terminiello

Francesca Terminiello is lead instructor at The School of the Sword’s Godalming chapter, having studied Bolognese swordplay and rapier since 2010. She has a further interest and some experience in renaissance dagger-fighting, Bartitsu and BJJ.

Fran has instructed at several high-profile events in Britain, Europe and the US; and has placed in and won a number of international tournaments.

As a writer, Fran has demonstrated, panelled and presented on historical fencing and real-world violence at various lectures and writers’ conventions, including Fantasycon and at the Wallace Collection.

Francesca is a main organiser of the International Rapier Seminar 2016, Astolat 2016 (a UK tournament), By the Sword 2017 & 2018 (a women’s event with all female instructors) and The Wessex League 2017 (A tournament league in the south of England). She co-founded Waterloo Sparring Group, which facilitates inter-group sparring from HEMA clubs all over the south of England and beyond; and is a founding member of Esfinges, a worldwide organisation for women in HEMA.

Špela Šalamon

Coming from a background of eastern martial arts (mainly Karate), Spela discovered HEMA in 2011 and despite well-intended advice from wiser people never looked back.

She studied the German tradition Longsword and Dagger under the pitiless mentorship of the renowned HEMA veteran Igor Sancin and learned some Ringen moves from the talented Gregor Medvesek. Very soon, she discovered the joys of HEMA events and has been regularly left without motivation, funds or leave days for actual vacations ever since.

In the summer of 2015, she was against her better judgement cleverly maneuvered into teaching Longsword, Dagger and the basics of Ringen to a HEMA group in Maribor (Slovenia). Moving to Graz (Austria) in late 2016, she began training with INDES in mainly Sabre and Rapier, and occasionally Sword&Buckler, Polearms and Messer while also continuing to teach in Maribor and train with her perennial coach Igor in Celje.

Among the HEMA circles, she is known for being the HEMA doctor, her deep dislike of using protective gear, eating a lot more than her size suggests, and always going for the weirdest weapon workshops.

George Zacharopoulos

George Zacharopoulos is studying and training in Historical European Martial Arts since 2004. He is currently teaching HEMA at S.C. Academy of Hoplomachia , Marxbrüder Guild Hellas and Coriolanos HEMA Team. Provost of the HISTORICAL FENCING AFFILIATES and founder of the Athens Bartitsu Club 1900. Previous experience includes Ninjutsu, Combined Chinese and Filipino Boxing (by Angelos Fasois), Sport Fencing, Sport Archery. Also certified Knife Instructor of the Reality Based Personal Protection system by Jim Wagner.

He has taught workshops in HEMA events across Europe and USA. Co-author (with Chrysovalantis Tampakakis) of the first book for HEMA in Greek, entitled “The Knightly art of the Sword” by Batsioulas Publications in 2011. His new book (with the valuable aid of Ilias Stypas), a translation from Greek into English of Philipp Müller’s “Theoretical and Applied introduction to Swordmanship” (ΘΕΩΡΗΤΙΚΗ ΚΑΙ ΠΡΑΚΤΙΚΗ ΕΙΣΗΓΗΣΙΣ ΤΗΣ ΣΠΑΘΑΣΚΙΑΣ) 1847 military sabre treatise is out now by Fallen Rook Publishing. Member of HEMAC and THE HEMA ALLIANCE. General Secretary of the Hellenic Federation of Historical European Martial Arts.

Marcus Hampel

Marcus Hampel is in Historical Fencing since 2004 and instructor at ANNO 1838. His primary source for the 19th century military sabre fencing style is "Theoretisch-praktische Anleitung des Hau-Stoßfechtens und des Schwadronhauens (...)" by F.C.Christmann and Dr. G.Pfeffinger. To complete the picture of fights taking place even on battlefields he blends bayonet fencing and group tactics into training. Based on principles and a trainer license his work assures that students gain a universal knowledge about these martial arts. Marcus gained experience as a trainer on events all over Europe.

Jan Gosewinkel

  • 1992-2012: Jiu-Jitsu, PSV-Unna (2. Dan)
  • 2008: Liechtenauer Longsword & I.33, Ars Gladii, Dornbirn
  • 2009-2012: Liechtenauer Longsword & Shortened Sword, PSV-Unna (student & coach)
  • 2009: starting research & training regarding Iberian Montante
  • 2011 - present: main focus on Luis Godinho's Montante
  • 2011-2012: Fiore Longsword, Schwertkampf Osnabrück
  • 2013-2014: Liechtenauer Longsword, Krîfon, Edingen
  • 2014-2017: Liechtenauer Longsword & Shortened Sword, Iberian Montante, Schwertfechten Nordhessen, Kassel (student & coach)
  • 2017 - present: Liechtenauer Longsword, Frequenz Motus, Bonn-Bad Godesberg
  • 2017 - present: Iberian Montante, Bonner Gilde, Bonn (trainer)

Alwin Goethals

Alwin Goethals is the founding member and head instructor of SwArta (Belgium). He’s a multiple black belt holder, being involved in martial arts from when he was age 9. Out of his interest in ancient and medieval history, Alwin started studying and practicing HEMA in 1999 and founded SwArta in 2006. He is practicing and promoting HEMA since and has had the opportunity to teach at some of the major HEMA-events in Europe (Dreynevent in 2013!).

His main study is directed at understanding the nature of violence, digging into philosophies related to martial arts and pursuing realistic self-defence rooted in tradition. Whilst training and teaching different HEMA’s, he’s dedicated to continuously broaden his expertise in longsword, dagger/knife and unarmed combat. In his daily life, Alwin works as a detective for the Antwerp Police Department, having been a part of its arrest unit for about 10 years.

Elias Flatscher

Elias Flatscher wrestles both Greco and Freestyle in the highest national league in Austria, but cross-trains in other wrestling styles such as Sambo, Judo, Sumo and Ranggeln whenever he has the chance. He has been involved in HEMA (wrestling and gladiator fighting) since 2008. From 2011-2012 he doubled as a wrestling advisor for the OCHS in Bamberg. Since 2014, he has held various HEMA wrestling workshops at Dreynevent (2014 and 2017), at HEMA Celje (2017) and in Freiburg (2017).

In his everyday life, he is a medieval archaeologist and currently works as a post-doc at the University of Innsbruck.

Falko Fritz

Falko Fritz (*1976) started historical fencing in 2007, joined Hammaborg - Historischer Schwertkampf in 2008, was elected into the executive board of the club in 2009 and founded a study group on langes messer the same year. He instructed workshops at Dreynevent, Swordfish (among other), he is co-author of G. Zabinski's English translation of Lecküchner's messer treatise (Cgm 582) and a member of HEMAC since 2011. Over the years, the messer group at Hammaborg developed into the beginner's training of the club. There Falko continuously teaches the basics of longsword, langes messer, polearms and harnessed fencing.

In 2014, Falko was elected as vice-president of the International Federation of HEMA (IFHEMA). The international cooperation between practitioners and the translation of further sources into English are important aspects of his engagement. For example, Falko was involved in the translation of texts into modern German and English in Dierk Hagedorn's edition of the Lew the Jew fightbook (Codex I.6.4°.3), which was published in the summer of 2017.


Christoph Reinberger

Christoph Reinberger, born in 1981, has been an active member of the Verein Ochs historische Kampfkunst e. V. since 2003. By attending numerous HEMA seminars in Germany and abroad, studying various sources and training under Alexander Kiermayer, he was able to acquire extensive knowledge in a wide variety of historical weapon types. Since 2011 he has been teaching as a trainer with a focus on longsword. His training is on conveying work movement sequences, connecting techniques, breaking thinking and safe fencing without being hit.

Inspired by Alexander Kiermayer's work with the Bartitsu, he began to take a closer look at the historical English bare knuckle boxing. The findings from the research enables him to hold regular training sessions at his own group called Bear-Knuckle-Boxing-Club since 2015. He is also a co-founder and chairman of the Society for the Study and Testing of Historical Weapons (Gesellschaft zur Erforschung und Erprobung historischer Waffen e. V.), which is dedicated to the documentation of historical swords.

Cor Kronenburg

First picked up a sword in 1996 and started training and teaching swordfighting. Now the founder and instructor at one of the biggest schools for HEMA in the Netherlands. Zwaard & Steen has been teaching HEMA for more than 15 years. We are still growing, exploring and discovering more of the Arts every day. We teach Liechtenauer's tradition in longsword, dagger and ringen via Ringeck, Lignitzer, von Danzig and the rest of the German tradition.

"My background ranges from Judo and sportfencing to Westerns martial arts and horse riding. I'm also a bit of a re-enactor, including the fully armored fighting part and I had a small career as a jouster. I believe HEMA is a 3D puzzle that you cannot comprehend in one view. It has different sides, which you all need to build the structure. Sides which support each other and, at the same time, can consist of a totally different tradition or Art. Still everything is connected, the more you do it, research and recreate it, the clearer the picture gets. Listen, observe and take action. Challenge yourself to step outside your usual viewpoints.”



Martin Enzi

Martin Enzi got in touch with martial art by practicing classic boxing and switched to HEMA in 2001. 2005 he started out as a trainer for long sword, messer and later on for peasant weapons and spear. In the same year he transcribed parts of Paulus Hector Mair (scythe, sickle and flail) for the Higgins Armory Museum. Even if training longsword and peasant weapons from PHM was always a topic, his main focus and deep passion lies on the messer according to cgm582/Johannes Leckuechner. Of course other sources which are also talking a bit about messer (Talhofer, Wallerstein Pauernfeindt…) are going along with that. Next to HEMA he does showfighting since 16 years and is working as a stunt coach and choreographer for Movies and TV since 6 years.

Daniel Jaquet

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 president of the Swiss HEMA Federation and the International HEMA Federation (IFHEMA).

Karl Rapp

Karl started HEMA in 2008, training in italian rapier and sabre as well as sword & Buckler (I.33). Since 2013 he's focusing only on rapier and became the main rapier instructor at Klingenspiel, Vienna. Beeing literally obsessed about Capoferros treatise (mainly because he still doesn't understand everything in it, which drives him nuts every so often).

He's been once critiziced for talking too much in a workshop, but according to him: "If you don't take care to get the small but important details across, then where's the point in an intermediate workshop? Everybody generally knows how to e.g. do a lunge, it's the details that really count to give you the edge over your opponent. And people only remember half of it anyway, so maybe it's better to tell them more?"

Alexander Kiermayer

Alex Kiermayer is a founding member and trainer of OCHS Historical Fencing and leads the OCHS training group in Pfarrkirchen, Bavaria.

He has trained and taught diverse martial arts since 1987 and began to seriously study HEMA around 1999. In his research he focuses mostly on martial arts of German origin but also on Bartitsu. He is responsible for the training of HEMA trainers under the guidelines of the Bavarian fencing federation. At the moment he is researching mounted combat from different periods.

Together with his friend Hans Heim he authored three instructional DVDs on Medieval German longsword and Messer combat.  He has written a Book on Joachim Meyers fighting system and taught several aspects of HEMA at martial arts seminars throughout Europe.

Florian Fortner

Florian Fortner is a rapier fencing Salvator Fabris fanatic. Dedicating every free minute to understanding this great master's system and his subsequent german lineage (e.g. Paschen, Schöffer, Ranis) is his passion. With this fencing style he is performing well at national and international tournaments. Together with Julian Schrattenecker he also pursues a quest of measuring original swords of all types and reproducing them in order to raise the authenticity level of sparring weapons as well as publishing and transcribing newly found treatises.

Özgen Senol

Özgen "Ossi" Senol is an expert and teacher for Escrima as well as for the Italian knife- and stickfighting tradition. Further he has a master degree in Rantai Kung Fu which he is practising since now more than 25 years.

In 2001 he started to study the Serrada Escrima from maestro Roberto Laura, from whom he has also learned the Italian knife fighting tradition (first the northern Apulian school and then, since 2012, also the school form eastern Sicily). Concerning the Sicilian shepherd-stick tradition his actual teacher is maestro Orazio Barbagallo, president oft he ASAMIR, an Italian association that takes care about the popular fencing traditions of the Mediterranean island. Özgen

"Ossi" Senol is one of the head-instructors for TIKF (Traditional Italian Knife Fighting) in Germany and the main ASAMIR respresentative for the Bavarian region.

Andrea Conti

I began the study of historical fencing in 2006, concentrating principally of the two handed sword of the 15th Century, and the rapier of the 16th and 17th Century according to italian traditions.

In 2009 I changed direction, practising the Bolognese method connected to the historical figures of the masters Marozzo, Manciolino, and the manuscript commonly called the “Anonimo Bolognese”. During this time I was able to practice the sword alone, sword and rotella, sword and dagger, partisan and rotella, polearms, two-handed sword, and dagger alone.

Meanwhile I also practised some oriental martial arts to expand my view on HEMA practice, as Wing-Tsun and Kali Escrima [Sinawali] and Ju-Jitsu. I also practiced classic period Northern Italian method on foil, sabre and épée.

From 2011 I began to study, entirely autonomously, the Kunst des Fechtens. Initially my main area of study was the german longsword of Liechtenauer as well as the instruction on the Langes Messer of Lecküchner, Paurñfeyndt and above all Joachim Meyer. Currently I am Meyer Freifechter Guild member and I achieved the Fechter rank on Longsword, Dusack, Rondel Dagger/Ringen, and the Research scholar rank.

Lastly I became sport fencing Regional Instructor by FIS (Federazione Italiana Scherma) and HEMA National Instructor by ANS (Accademia Nazionale di Scherma).

Julian Schrattenecker

Julian started historical fencing under the guidance of Peter Zillinger at the fencing club "Klingenspiel". There he learned the basics of rapier fencing based on the fencing manual of Ridolfo Capo Ferro. Together with Florian Fortner he dedicated his spare time to the fencing treatise of Salvator Fabris and Fabris' german lineage (e.g. Schoeffer, Heussler, etc.) to breath new life into this long forgotten fencing style. In the course of this work they started a project to measure original swords from the 16th and 17th century and produce training-swords based on these measurements for better interpretation of the historical texts.

Christian Simanek

Begun to train Martial Arts after watching Bruce Lee Movies at the age of 8 Years. Fall in love with HEMA at the age of 26. Co-Trainer of Tilman Wanke Ochs Bamberg till 2013. Loving to fight with empty hands too, searching something without kicking and punching who better fitts to HEMA. Find my next Passion - Wrestling. Begun to train Ringen (Wrestling/ big thanks to Elias Flatscher), BJJ and CSW (Combat Submission Wrestling). Since 2014 Instructor in MMA and Grappling. Searching a Art of Duell-Knifefighting. Begun to study italian Knifefighting under Özgen Senol and Roberto Laura. Since 2015 Co-Trainer in Italian Knifefighting.

Alexander Zalud

Alex Zalud, born in 1973, began his martial arts career in various Japanese martial arts. Returning after a long break, he entered the realm of HEMA and began translating and interpreting Bolognese fencing. He founded Fior della Spada, the first club for Bolognese fencing in the German-speaking world, and has been its head-coach for over ten years. He has published three books on the tradition in German.

Developing an interest in later periods of fencing, he stumbled upon M° Martinellis book on self-defense and M° Blenginis book on sabre and epée-fencing, which he began to practice with increasing interest.