Workshops presentation 2019

Longsword, sword and shield, wrestling, dagger, rapier, saber, stick and cane workshops will be held by the following Swiss associations: Sub Brach, Säbelrassler, CAL, GAFSchola, HADU, ELAA and GAGSchola.

If you or your association also wishes to propose a workshop, a conference or a discussion workshop, you can still write to info (at)

The instructor’s and the tournament’s commissions will also give workshops.

Below you will find the presentations of the instructors, their association as well as the descriptions of their workshop. Be attentive from the end of August to the end of September to discover the workshops offered!

Mathijs Roelofsen – GAFSchola

I am currently a PhD student at the University of Bern and my research subjects are the military organization of Swiss towns in the Middle Ages and 19th century military fencing in Switzerland. I practice at GAFSchola, an association founded in 2014 in Fribourg and which explores fencing from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. For several years GAFSchola has been exploring Swiss sources in the 19th century in particular.


Kickstarting Swiss Military Sabre Fencing – Preparation for the Assaut by GAFSchola

In 19th century Switzerland, sabre fencing was not only taught to the Swiss officers, but was also practiced as a sport. If military regulations and fencing manuals were used to train young people to defend themselves on the battlefield and physically train their body, the pinnacle of the teaching was the assaut, where students would show their worth as fencers. Like in actual fencing, the assaut was part of the sportive routine, were fencers fought for pleasure and determine, in large fencing contests, who was the best. However, finding rules related to the practice of the assaut in 19th century fencing clubs and events is difficult and military manuals usually only outline some aspects of this practice; solely one set of rules can be found in a sabre fencing manual, Emil Probstt’s Instruction sur l’escrime au sabre (Anleitung zum Säbelfechten) from 1887, which describes the concours d’escrime, linked to the federal military celebrations (fêtes fédérales) and established to judge of the young officers’ martial capacity. This workshop will thus focus on this rule-set and on other traces in military manuals to explore the practice of the assaut in Swiss military fencing; the attendants will firs train basic movements to understand the core of the system, then will experiment one or several rule-sets. The workshop’s final purpose is to offer some fundamental tools for practicing Swiss military sabre fencing as a sport.


Michael Müller-Hewer – CALhistar

Born in Germany in 1955, I worked more than 20 years in Paris as an actor combatant, choreographer and specialist for Blanc weapons in cinema and theater. Since 1992, I teach stage fight and historical combat. In 1996 I obtained a five weapons fencing master’s certificate of the “Akademie der Fechtkunst Deutschlands”. The practice of the Celtic battle in Switzerland developed around my teaching at the University of Lausanne (UNIL) with the study group Cladio. Today I work at the “Cercle des Armes de Lausanne” with the group “CALhistar”. According to the tradition of itinerant Masters I give regularly workshops of Stage fighting and HEMA in France, in Germany, in Switzerland and in Italy.

The French fencing and the epee de cour (court sword) by CALhistar

The workshop is designed to present thrust technics of the 17th and 18th century court sword and foil of the masters Liancourt and Angelo and to clarify the difference between the duel fighting and the fencing in the fencing hall.
Finally, the court sword was a weapon that was developed from the rapier. Its lightness permitted a fencing game limited to the tip and to separate the parry from the riposte. The blunted sword which was used until there to the training had been replaced with the foil with flexible blade. Until the beginning of the 18th century, the foil blades were mounted in sword guards. With the exception of conventional French foils which owned no “pas d’âne”. At the end of 18th century, the guard in the form 8 was developed. It asserted itself very quickly,
because it represented only of the contours of the doubled mussel and was therefore the lightest of all guard forms.

Equipment: mask, jacket, light gloves. Weapons are supplied.

How to use a sabre by CALhistar

Captain Alfred Hutton published the book “Cold Steel” in 1889 with the intention of renewing the sabre fencing in England. Leaning from the Backsword and being inspired by the Italian rapier, he revised the system of Roworth.
Inspired by the work of the Captain we go to see how to use a slashing weapon and how to control the blow. Beginning the work in fixed measure, we will leave it very fast for actions in movement.

Equipment: mask, jacket, light gloves. Parts of weapons are supplied. Other light one-hand weapons can also be used.


Andreas Zürcher – Sub Brach

Andreas Zürcher has been larping since the cinematic release of Return of the Jedi practicing historical fencing since 2012, occasionally taking the role as an instructor since 2013 and started Sub Brach in Olten in 2014. Before starting HEMA he practiced Judo as a youth and Schläger and Sabre fencing during university. Since then he has given workshops on sabre, dagger, dussack, staff, sword and buckler and longsword.
Sub Brach is a Hema club with trainings in Solothurn and Olten. The main aim is to avoid german longsword monoculture and P.H. Mair like the plague enjoy Long Knife, Sword and Buckler, Staff, Dagger, Dussack , Poleaxe, Wrestling, Sabre and whatever else strikes our fancy. We believe in risk aware consensual kink and the ability of grown people to manage and qualify themselves that overregulation and paternalistic handholding in he long run will only damage Hema.

The Staff of Joachim Meyer by Sub Brach

An introduction into the Staff techniques of Joachim Meyers Gründtliche Beschreibung der Kunst des Fechtens. We will do drills looking at basic guards, footwork, general staff handling and plays with a focus to gain a feel for the style of staffplay done by Meyer as opposed to eg the Cod Guelf 83.4. Bring good hand protection use of a helmet is advised.

Equipment: all skill levels, we will have a dozen spare staffs, bring good hand protection use
Instructors : Andreas & Sibylle Zürcher

The Staff of Cod.Guelf.83.4 Aug.8º by Sub Brach

The Second Part of This New Art-Rich Fencing Manual, Codex Guelf 83.4 August 8º is a German fencing manual created in 1591. It treats the typical Freifechter weapons but shows no connection to the Liechtenauer school of fencing. The workshop takes a look at the staff techniques in the manual. We will do drills looking at basic guards, footwork, general staff handling and plays with a a focus to gain a feel for the style of staffplay done by Cod Guelf 83.4 as opposed to Meyer. Bring good hand protection use of a helmet is advised.

Equipment: all skill levels, we will have a dozen spare staffs, bring good hand protection
Instructors : Andreas & Sibylle Zürcher


Ferdi Hutter – Säbelrassler

The hema – club “Säbelrassler” was found in 2006 in Winterthur. We started training with good old bokken and shinai, and without any protection – gear. We soon mixed our training with all the martial arts – styles our members trained before. And we do that until today. Since 2018 we own a dojo and train HEMA 4 times a week.


Wrestling by Säbelrassler

No weapon ready – no weapon left – kick in de groin not allowed – we can help.

In our wrestling workshop we start with a very simple drill that we use in our training to prepare our students for infight – action. From that drill we show you several options do create distance from your opponent or execute a take down.
The Säbelrassler mix modern martial arts like Krav Maga, BJJ, Judo, Boxing, etc. with HEMA. Join us – sweat with us – it will be fun.

Bring along a clean shirt for changing clothes after the workshop and your groin protection – that will do.