Our Coalition

Our coalition is formed by organisations and professionals who work on interpreting and teaching the Historical European Arts of Fighting & Fencing. The following oranisations are members of HEFFAC.

Academie voor Middeleeuwse Europese Krijgskunsten

The AMEK is a Dutch government acknowledged Academy for historical European fighting and fencing arts. The AMEK was founded in 2002 by Mishaël A. Lopes Cardozo (full Member of HEMAC, Historical European Martial Arts Coalition). Primary focus of the academy is 15th century German and Italian tradition. The school has six locations throughout the Netherlands: Amsterdam - Utrecht - Haarlem - Deventer - Heemstede - Den Haag


Langenort is an academy of historical European martial arts. It was founded in 2005 by Pieke Schoonbrood and Hanna Duinkerken. Langenort consists of a small group of enthusiasts that studies and interprets medieval fencing manuscripts. The academy’s main focus is on unarmoured combat, using both wrestling and weapon techniques.  A select few of the Langenort members also study armoured combat and mounted combat.


"Vechtschool voor middeleeuwse krijgskunsten Noord-Nederland" is exactly what its name says: An institute where the Historical European Martial Arts are researched and taught, in the north of the Netherlands. MARS’ curriculum mainly focuses on 15thcentury German Longsword techniques, Ringen (medieval unarmed combat), and to some extend 15th century European dagger fighting techniques. Founded in august 2012 by a group of enthusiasts, MARS is one of the younger H.E.M.A. clubs in the low countries.  


De Orde der Noorderwind is an ambitious multi-disciplinary team that specialises in Historical European Martial Arts. The association’s goal is to preserve and promote this cultural heritage by combining historical research, sports and entertainment. De Orde der Noorderwind is active throughout the Netherlands and abroad and has active ties with the film and television industry.

Schermgilde de Hallebardiers

De Brugse Sint Michielsgilde was de oudste bekende Vlaamse schermersgilde. Vanaf 1444 kan men spreken van een georganiseerde gilde. Weliswaar werd de gilde door de stadsmagistraat nog niet erkend maar wel getolereerd.  Hiervan zijn  sporen terug te vinden in het stadsarchief : “brief inhebbende vele ordonnantien en de verbanden onderlinghe ghemaect ende bezeghelt” In tegenstelling tot wat soms wordt gedacht waren de schermers geen elitaire groep maar behoorden zij tot de :”meest aerme ende schamele ambachtslieden;” Er kwam een einde aan de...

School voor Historische Schermkunsten

The main focus of the SHS (School voor Historische Schermkunsten – School for Historical Fencing Arts) is on rapier fencing and other self-defence arts as taught in the Netherlands in the 17th century. Beyond that, our interest broadens to include both armed and unarmed fighting arts from the 15th through to the 20th century. The School’s head instructor, Reinier van Noort, is a member of HEMAC (Historical European Martial Arts Coalition).

Sumus Soldani

Sumus Soldani, the latin translation for "We are mercenaries", is a sportsgroup studying and practicing the Medieval Swordfighting Arts. Sumus Soldani started in 2009 as a group of friends, looking for a way to deepen their knowledge on the Medieval Arts. It was decided to create a sportsgroup, primarily focused on Medieval swordfighting based on "The Bastard Sword" 


SwArta is a Flemish Belgian school for historical European martial arts. Its main goal is to practice and promote these arts and to do research on all aspects of European martial traditions from Antiquity, Middle Ages to Renaissance.    SwArta was founded in 2006 by Alwin Goethals All SwArta instructors are recognized members of HEMAC (Historical European Martial Arts Coalition) HEMAC is an international coalition consisting of expert practitioners and researchers dedicated to resurrection and reconstruction of ancient European fighting...

Zwaard & Steen

Zwaard & Steen is one of the largest Historical European Martial Arts Schools in the Netherlands. Zwaard & Steen was started by Cor Kronenburg in 2001. In addition to training three times a week, we also provide demonstrations, authentic decor, and workshops for business events.


De Zwaardkring is a School for medieval martial arts. The main focus is fencing with the longsword according to the medieval "Kunst des fechtens" also known as the German school of swordmanship or the Lichtenauer traddition, according to master Lichtenauer and his students. We are one of the oldest Dutch Sword fighting schools and we currently have a team of 6 instructors  providing training in 5 locations throughout the Netherlands.