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

Alexander Kiermayer

Alex Kiermayer is a founding member and trainer of OCHS Historical Fencing and heads the OCHS training group in Pfarrkirchen, Bavaria. He has trained and taught diverse martial arts since […]

Arne Koets

Arne Koets started HEMA from a re-enactment background after he was introduced to the historical material at the Royal Armouries in Leeds back in 1998. He started interpreting the material […]

Bert Obernosterer

Bert is sweating on various mats in Austria. He likes HEMA, weightlifting and colourful leggings. Don’t get fooled by his incredible good looks and youthful appearance, for he is one […]

Björn Rüther

Björn Rüther is a trainer of Hammaborg – Historischer Schwertkampf e.V. and leads the Meyer Class training group in Hamburg. He started training HEMA in 2011 and quickly found his […]

Christian Stickel

Christian Stickel began his journey into martial arts and knighthood as a kid and ever since explored different systems of weaponless and weapon based fighting styles. As part of the […]

Colin Richards

Colin Richards, Arts of Mars Academy, has been instructing metal weapon combat since before 1990. He has amassed a great deal of experience in teaching many different weapon systems. His […]

Cor Kronenburg

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 […]

Dierk Hagedorn

Dierk Hagedorn, born in 1966, is a designer, author, illustrator, and lecturer. He is head instructor for the longsword at Hammborg. He has transcribed roughly two dozen German fechtbuch manuscripts […]

Fabrice Cognot

Fabrice Cognot has been doing HEMA for years. Really. He’s the founder of De Taille et d’Estoc – France’s largest and (now) oldest HEMA group, chief organiser of the yearly […]

George Zacharopoulos

George Zacharopoulos is studying and training in Historical European Martial Arts for more than a decade with a fondness for the German longsword and the Italian & Spanish rapier. He […]

Gregor Suchentrunk

I began my martial arts career at elementary school with judo, after that I tried out some boxing and joined the Dreynschlag beginners’ class in 2009. Later I became instructor […]

Ilkka Hartikainen

Ilkka Hartikainen has been active in HEMA since the early 2000’s, with a focus on Bolognese fencing tradition. Ilkka specializes on the use of the single-handed sword as described by […]

Ingulf Popp-Kohlweiss

Ingulf Popp-Kohlweiss, born 1982, is trainer of INDES Salzburg (Austria) for longsword, langes messer, dagger and wrestling in Liechtenauer tradition. He started training with the longsword in 2002. Over time […]

Jay Maxwell

Jay Maxwell has been studying and practising as a martial artist for over thirty years, switching his focus to Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) in 2004. He regularly teaches at […]

Jens Peter Kleinau

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 […]

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 mainly on rapier and became the main italian […]

Martin Enzi

Martin Enzi first got in touch with martial art, by practicing classic boxing, but finally switched to practice HEMA (Longsword) in 2001. 2003 he got his hands on the first […]

Matthys Kool

Matthys (Ties) Kool started HEMA back in 2003. His main focus has always been the longsword but he has also trained several other disciplines like sabre, dagger and wrestling. Since […]

Michel Rensen

Michel Rensen started training at Zwaard & Steen in 2013, and little more than a year later he started the process to become a trainer at the club. He became […]

Rob Runacres

Rob Runacres is the Lead Instructor at the Renaissance Sword Club , and his main passions are for rapier and sidesword styles which spanning the mid-sixteenth to late seventeenth centuries. […]

Roman Vucajnk

Roman Vučajnk has been involved with HEMA since the early 2000s. At first he focused on mediaeval German martial heritage; now he is more attracted to styles of urban combat […]

Sixt Wetzler

Dr. Sixt Wetzler is the assistant director of Deutsches Klingenmuseum Solingen, the German Blade Museum. He studied comparative religion, Scandinavian studies and medieval history in Germany and Iceland, with a […]

Thomas Bögle

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 […]

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 […]