What is your favorite technique in HEMA

sHEMAsters 2019

The sHEMAsters 2019 took place from November 15th to 17th in Berlin. Two halls were available to the participants, the program was extensive, started at 9 a.m. and ended around 6 p.m.

  • The tournament!
  • Great workshops
  • Helpful tutorials
  • HEMA flea market

The tournament!

In the HEMA scene, competitive fencing based on points is becoming more and more popular. Whether a pure tournament event or a tournament as part of the program of a larger HEMA event, whether a long sword, rapier or sword and buckler (list incomplete), whether an open tournament or women's tournament, tournaments are an integral part of HEMA. And we are also looking forward to offering you a long sword tournament at sHEMAsters.

The most important points at a glance:

  • What is there to win? Fame, fortune and honor? Yes no yes And prices! Have a look at our sponsors to see the prices.
  • What are the rules for fighting? We adhere to the Freyfechter rules of the DDHF (see http://www.ddhf.de/projekte/turnier).
  • What equipment do i need? Here, too, we adhere to the requirements of the DDHF (at http://www.ddhf.de/projekte/turnier, point minimum set of rules). In summary, you need the usual: helmet, neck protection, arm protectors, sturdy (!) Gloves, fencing jacket, knee protection, groin protection and chest protection. If you don't have everything, please ask around, the club also has some things or can be easily shared / loaned elsewhere, such as knee protection.
  • Where can I sign in? Simply tick the box next to "Tournament" when registering and you're there. If you have already registered and forgot to check this box, just write us an email and we will take care of it.
  • I'm not an old tournament handler - is that something for me? There is only one way to find out: just register and try it out. We actively pay attention to a comfortable intensity level that enables beautiful fencing for everyone involved. No stroking, no knocking. That'll be fine, we'll see.


Trainers from Germany and Austria have prepared exciting workshops for you - whether unarmed, one-handed or two-handed, whether for beginners or advanced, whether classic HEMA after a fencing master or something extraordinary, there should be something for everyone.

Tournament fencing

with Laura!

The first opponent you meet in the tournament is yourself.
Therefore: challenge yourself, encourage yourself, confront yourself (your body and your mind) and take care of yourself!

In my workshop I challenge you and show you strategies of experienced tournament fighters. We play, but we also train hard. So it gets sweaty, because we usually wear our free fencing equipment to get used to it in terms of fitness and movement and to prepare for tournament situations. How do we go into a fight, how do we want to affect the opponent? We go through typical scenarios technically and work out reactions to them. Mutual coaching, sparring exercises and strategies that you can take with you during training at home and when preparing for a tournament are part of the workshop. I will also show you how to deal with excitement before tournaments and how to come down after a busy tournament day.

Any female fencer, beginner or advanced, with an interest in tournament fighting and complete fencing equipment can take part. Please remember to have enough water and a change of clothes - we will sweat!

Stick them with the pointy end!

with Lulu!

With this wise advice in mind, we're approaching what is arguably the event's most fabulous weapon - the rapier. Regardless of whether it is pierced, pierced or pierced - with a rapier in hand everything looks much more stylish.

In this workshop we will take a look at the basics of the most sophisticated form of violence. From body and gun posture to a short “lung break” to simple stitches, we take an excursion into the world of friendly parting. Previous knowledge is not required, your own rapier is an advantage. (Rapiers and corresponding simulators can only be made available to a limited extent.)

Equipment required: mask, stab protection for the neck, rapier, if necessary light gloves and stab protection for the chest

Historical wrestling in modern self-defense

with Eva!

In this workshop you and Eva look at some pieces from historical sources on the subject of rings. In addition, you get an introduction to modern self-defense. Are there any parallels?

Eva began to train karate at the age of 10 in a club and on courses. She is experienced in competition and learned to use various weapons, including Tonfa, Bo (stick) and Han Bo (half stick). She tries to transfer some of her long unarmed training to sword fighting and training.

HEMA meets Hollywood

with Diana!

A trained actress, Diana has her fencing roots on stage. In this workshop we will look at the basics of stage fighting and finally develop a 1-2 minute choreography. Whether two fight, in threesome or with which weapons (sword, saber, umbrella, rolling pin) you will go on stage is completely up to you.
Requirements: none

Near and far - the right Meyer technology for every distance

with Amelie!

In the course of a fight, the distance to the opponent changes and the fencing changes - goals, fencing style, applicable techniques and their execution. In this workshop we deal with the different distance categories, look at their effect on goals and fencing style for each of them, and go through beautiful example techniques according to Meyer - from approaching to life wrestling.

And as in all fencing topics, leading is better than following when it comes to the question of distance, so the questions immediately arise: How do I get the desired distance for my favorite techniques in a fight or avoid other distances (e.g. arm wrestling)? Just ask nicely? Since that will probably not work, we will look at a few tips and tricks in the course of the workshop with the help of which you can bring the opponent to the desired distance and keep there.

Possibly the best and most impressive saber workshop of this event

with Joey!

Ah, the saber. With strong curvature, less strongly curved or even straight - we still love it. He knocks and stabs, he cuts, changes through, disarms, knocks off strange blades, knocks the knobs, or twists. Whether on foot or on horseback: it is always super sexy and elegant.
In this workshop we will channel our inner officers and indulge in the joys of the British military saber. The workshop is intended to give female fencers a first glimpse into the British military saber and provide them with basic knowledge that entices them to continue working. No previous knowledge is required.

Equipment required: saber or saber simulator. Alternatively, long knives were also possible, please take everything with you. A limited number of simulators can be made available.


In addition to the workshops in the familiar format (one trainer, one topic, two hours), a new format will also be presented: the tutorials. There will be an active program on an umbrella term for one hour each, for example sword drills, coached sparring or source interpretation - all in a relaxed atmosphere.

Be there, take part and even make an active contribution! How? So:

We are looking for someone to lead all tutorials - you would like to lead a workshop in the future, but you lack the courage / the introduction / the experience / the topic to submit a workshop? Run one of our tutorials! Contact us (also spontaneously at the event) and we will explain to you what we have roughly planned for this hour and off you go! But you can also participate in many tutorials on a smaller scale, because these are also characterized by exchange: Bring your favorite source with you to interpret the source and help your fellow fencers to interpret it or bring your favorite drill and ... etc. More on this in the individual Tutorials!

Sparring tutorials

Regardless of whether you are an old woman or you are new to the fencing floor - in sparring everyone can take something away at their own individual level.

A common question is what equipment is needed for sparring. In many clubs, complete protective equipment (mask, jacket, torso protection, gloves, knee and elbow protection) is required for sparring, other clubs only spar with protective goggles. The following applies to this tutorial: more is better, so it is best to bring your full protective equipment with you. But you can also participate with less, the minimum requirements are a fencing mask, neck protection, forearm guards and suitable gloves.

You really want to save more at events, but somehow everyone always has their protective equipment on exactly when you've just taken yours off? Then put on your protective equipment, come to the sparring tutorial and meet like-minded people 😉

Coached sparring:
With coached sparring you can try out your sparring skills, implement new input and get feedback. You work in groups of four and alternate roles (coach / student).

Sparring games:
In addition to classic sparring, you can also practice your fencing skills in sparring games - for example with queen-of-the-hill or on-the-wall fencing. Entertaining, exhausting and a little competitive - this is how fencing is fun!
Do you know great sparring games / exercises? Bring it with you, explain it to your fellow fencers and off you go!

Gun handling tutorials

HEMA is known to contain many centuries of sources, techniques, and geographic diversity. And each of these techniques for each of these weapons has found its way from the transcription to the interpretation to exercise and drills to sparring and possibly to the tournament - many steps are necessary from the historical fencing source to the skilful application. In the Weapon Handling Tutorials, let's take a closer look at some of these steps, weapons, and techniques.

Drills are the most basic form of exercise for practicing your own handling of the weapon - and are relevant at every level of training. The old fencing masters already knew that, as we can see from Joachim Meyer's “Meyerrad”. In this tutorial we will look at and dance through many drills - from simple to complex, in their pure form and in variations. Do you know some good drills? Bring them and show them to your fellow fencers!

Source work:
The basis of all HEMAs is the source and only through a good interpretation of the sources is it possible for us to practice this great sport. And that's exactly what this tutorial is about. A couple of guns, a couple of sources (or extracts) and good company.
Do you have a fencing book lying around? Bring it and help your fellow fencers interpret it! Or your favorite source has a passage that you just don't want to open up? Bring them and puzzle together!

The "weapons" arsenal
As stunning as the long sword is, life (and HEMA) is also about variety. Maybe try half a bar? Or a two-handed sword? Or something smaller? Maybe a little dagger? Or sword and buckler? The answer is yes. For all of these questions, all of these weapons have their charm (and also those not mentioned) 😉 And you will get the opportunity to try them out in this tutorial. Lots and lots of weapons, a few sources and a lively exchange.
Do you have a favorite (second) weapon that is not the long sword? Bring them with you and explain a few basics to your fellow fencers! (Please bring thin gloves, if available, out of respect for the weapons of your fellow fencers and the clubs)

HEMA flea market

But too big, too small, too long, too fitted or not fitted enough? In the basements of many female fencers, HEMA equipment that is no longer used is piling up. Gloves, fencing jackets or weapons that might be just the thing for another fencer. Our HEMA flea market should give you the opportunity to offer, try on and buy used equipment and training weapons for sale. Your help is required. The more choice there is, the better for everyone. Of course, you set the price yourself.