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 phd thesis on “Combat in Saga Literature. Traces of Martial Arts in Medieval Iceland”. Since 2011, Sixt is engaged in the developing field of martial arts studies, with publications in German and English, and talks presented in Europe and Asia. He is a member of the Committee for Martial Arts Studies in the German Association for Sports Science (dvs), of the editorial board of the Martial Arts Studies Series at Rowman & Littlefield, of the academic advisory board for the Acta Periodica Duellatorum, and of the Society for Historical European Martial Arts Studies. As curator, Sixt has co-organized the exhibitions and catalogues “The Sword – Form and Thought” and “Oriental Edged Weapons”, and was recently among the academic advisory board of “Faszination Schwert” at Landesmuseum Württemberg. With the AG Schwertsymposium, he hosted the conferences “Das Schwert – Symbol und Waffe” (2012) and the “The Sword – Form and Thought” (2015). More recently, he organized the conference “Fight Books in Comparative Perspective” (2017), and the Sword Festival (2018) at the Klingenmuseum.

Sixt has practised various martial arts since his childhood. He holds a black belt in Enshin Karate, and fought in full contact karate, muay thai, and stick fighting competitions. Since 2000, he practises the Filipino blade fighting system of Pekiti Tirsia Kali, which he taught it European countries from Iceland to Catalonia.