Want to learn how to swing a sword like the fencing masters of old? Come to HVN
Have you always wanted to learn how to swing a sword like the fencing masters of old, push your
physique to the limit or do you simply have a soft spot for history? You are not the only one.
HEMA is a relatively young but fast-growing sport dedicated to the European martial arts. This
collective term stands for Historical European Martial Arts, and concerns itself with learning how to
free fight in accordance with manuscripts and historical sources written from the 14 th century onwards.
HEMA comprises a large variation of weapon disciplines that can be trained with along numerous
sources written in German, Italian, British, Dutch and many other traditions. Think of the longsword,
the rapier, the sabre but also the messer and the dagger. In short, something to suit all tastes.
Are you interested in practicing HEMA, then come by and have a look or join training!
HVN – Historisch Vrijvechten Nederland is a Dutch school of fencing dedicated to practicing the
Historical European Martial Arts, situated in Oegstgeest, near Leiden. The school is led by Matthys
Kool, a renowned international instructor and senior tournament-fighter. At HVN, emphasis lies on
training with the European longsword and military sabre, but wrestling and dagger-fighting also
feature in regular training sessions. Other disciplines such as singlestick, sword & buckler and even
dussack are also incorporated in free sparring. We will teach you how to properly engage in battle and
you will be able to develop into a tournament-fighter.