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.”