Martial Arts

Reviving the Old Masters

Being one of the first Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) practitioners in the Netherlands, Arne has over twenty years of experience in reconstructing and teaching medieval swordsmanship. Originally very active in fully armoured combat with the poll-axe, Arne started studying the art of fighting in 1997 and fencing on horseback in 2001. He is one of the few people in the world with experience in all three major disciplines of historical combat: armoured fighting, unarmoured fighting & mounted combat.

Arne applies the principles described in the medieval fechtbucher (fighting manuals) and is experienced in the use of various weapons such as the longsword, messer, the lance, the poll-axe, shields & bucklers and wrestling manoeuvres.