Mishaël Abia Lopes Cardozo (1972) started his swordfight career in 1992. Founder & President of AMEK.. His HEMA activities are under the brand name Cardozo Swordsport, part of AMEK. He runs five HEMA clubs in the Netherlands. In 2008 he started his international HEMAcareer. He has taught in 30 counties worldwide and on most continent. His focus is 15th century German fighting tradition and Italian dagger and wrestling. He is know for his biomechanics and structure and his ‘flow drills’. On July 12th 2008 he was officially knighted in Holland for his contribution to the reconstruction of the historical European martial heritage in the lowlands. In 2010 he initiated the HEFFAC the lowlands HEMA Alliance, which led to the first official Dutch HEMA Union. He is a fierce fighter, won numerous medals and trained some of the best fighters today. He is the first HEMA instructor who got elevated to the Hall of Fame for martial Arts He is also a businessman, musician, artist and an actor.
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