4th International Historical European Martial Arts Gathering in Saint-Cergue – 18th, 19th and 20th of January 2019

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Registrations are open

Event schedule: From Friday 18 at 17h to Sunday 20 at 17h.
Location: Center du Vallon, St-Cergue
Price: 130 € – 150CHF

Fill out this form to register: St-Cergue Registration

Oriol Salvador (Spain):


Born near Barcelona in 1983, Oriol has always been an aficionado of both modern and historical blades and firearms. In time that lead him to practice sport fencing in 1997, learning foil for about 6 years. He also was involved in other kind of weapon simulation, but neither those nor sport fencing did satisfy his search for a rigorous and historical practice.

Wasn’t until 2006 that he discovered Historical Fencing, joining the young Associació Catalana d’Esgrima Antiga (Barcelona). Since he had experience with weapons, he quickly was involved in the group’s technical and methodological growth, becoming instructor in a few months.

During all this time, Oriol focused his efforts in study fencing in an analytical way, cross checking between manuals and even styles. Although he is more dedicated to medieval weaponry, his knowledge of spanish Verdadera Destreza helped to dissect much of the early sources, coming to principles rather than raw techniques.

For his studies and dedication, he achieved the rank of AEEA Provost in 2011, and finally the rank of AEEA Maestro in 2017. He is a professional Historical Fencing instructor since 2016, working par time with his other profession, physiotherapy, which gives him a deep biomechanical knowledge.

Although his practice is not focused on the tournaments, he had some success on several tournaments, including fist places on spanish tournaments, but also:

  • 1st place Longsword tournament, Sword Island 2015
  • 1st place Longsword tournament, Dreynevent 2016
  • 1st place Longsword and overall performance, AEEA Tournament 2016
  • 2nd place Longsword tournament, Dreynevent 2017
  • 1st place Messer tournament, Summer Messer Meeting 2018

Anyway, he knows that there’s still a lot more to know, learn and improve, so he will continue teaching others to be better people and fencers, while he walks down the exciting path of Historical Fencing.

Workshop (longsword)

“Langenort and Sprechfenster in the “Von Danzig” gloss: The noblest and the best ward with the sword”

Most modern longsword interpretations rely heavily on strikes. While in some occasions this is right, and supported by the manuals, most of the times that leads to gambling and double hits. The Kunst des Fechtens manuals specifically specifically state that Winding, thrusting and Indes are core fundaments of the Art, which are commonly overlooked.

In this workshop, we will cover the Langenort and Sprechfenster of the “Von Danzig” gloss, covering other key concepts like the Hengen, Winden, Absetzen and so, progressing to a more refined fencing more based on skill rather than brute force. As Liechtenauer said, if it all was strong against strong, then the stronger would always win.

Daniel Jaquet (Switzerland):


Daniel Jaquet is an international HEMA instructor. He has taught since 2007 in China, USA and Europe. He is specialised in armoured fighting techniques, but also explores late medieval and early modern wrestling, dagger and longsword techniques without armour.

He’s an academic researcher (PhD in Medieval History, University of Geneva, 2013) and a museum professional (Military Museum, Castle of Morges).


Workshop (wrestling and dagger)

“Know your basics! From wrestling to dagger with the help of Andreas Liegnitzer and Ott the Jew in the Goliath fight book”

The workshop will focus on wrestling and dagger sections from various authors compiled in the Goliath fight book. It will offer the attendees some basic drills to apprehend fighting in close quarter and apply specific techniques from crossovers in the manuscripts.

No wrestling skills required. Advanced practitioners and beginners will find their way into the framework of the exercices. Bring a dagger simulator if you have one.


Olivier Dupuis (France)


Olivier Dupuis started swordfighting in 1992 in a re-enactment group, and never stopped teaching other people doing that since 1994. In parallel, he discovered French stick fencing in 1996, became federal teacher in 2000 and obtained in 2004 a professional diploma, something equivalent to a fencing master grade. He discovered HEMA in 1999 but only began to study them seriously since 2001.

He teaches regularly on a local, national and international level since 2002.

He presentend workshops in many international events including Dijon, Vienna and Saint-Cergues and also concerning many differenty kind of weapons, from short messer to long pikes.

Workshop (staff)

“Fighting with staff from the Goliath manuscript”

The manuscript called Goliath contains a noteworthy section about staff, which is mainly a combination of Pauernfeindt with a few paragraphs found in the manuscript attributed to Perter Falkner.

This peculier composition is not easy to understand as nothing is organized in a clear manner. However, Pauernfeindt being the first author known to provide a quite rich and complete source about fighting with a staff (making abstraction of Pietro Monte), it deserves a deeper study.

I propose to approach this subject in two steps: first, I will present a summary of base technics with the staff which can be found in this text. Then I will show exercises to help us understand the principles. Second, we will together try to decipher and find among various solutions those most likely to help us understand the most ambiguous sections.

Dierk Hagedorn (Germany)


Dierk Hagedorn, born in 1966, is a designer, author, illustrator, and lecturer. He is head instructor for the longsword at Hammaborg. He has transcribed about 30 German fechtbuch manuscripts and has made them publicly available on his club’s website.

He has published extensive printed volumes about some of the most important German manuscripts, such as the Peter von Danzig and the Jude Lew fechtbuch, Gladiatoria (New Haven), and Hans Talhoffer’s Munich codex. He has held many workshops and lectures about historical fencing in general and combat in armour in particular in various countries.


Workshop (longsword)

“One in all, and all in one – an entire fencing system in one image”

How can we read the illustrations of the fightbooks? We need to interpret them, but how far are we allowed to go?
In this workshop and lecture we will look at one specific image from the longsword section in the Goliath
manuscript: the illustration that accompanies the Krumphau (folio 18v).

We will use this image in order to explore a variety of implicit and explicit procedures in longsword fencing: the approach in Zufechten, the bind, the application of strong and weak. We’ll explore the text and, with the image, we go beyond. It serves as the starting point for the evolution of master Johannes Liechtenauer’s entire fencing system, incorporating his five words that are the foundation of the whole art.

For this class, we don’t need protective equipment.