Karin Verelst practices HEMA since more than one decennium and martial arts since twenty years. She trained with the well-known Belgian group SwArta 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, altough 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 which she followed an intense stage in the Kunyu Shan Mountain Traditional Martial Arts Academy, at Shandong Province, China, summer 2015. She acquired the basic professional qualification of the British Academy of Dramatic Combat (BADC) in 2016.