Instructors Swordfish 2018

This page is only bios of some of the instructors who has provided one. Workshops will be found here


Keith Farrell – Longsword, Singlestick


Keith Farrell is one of the senior instructors for the Academy of Historical Arts. He teaches HEMA professionally, often at international events, and has an interest in coaching instructors to become better teachers. He has authored Scottish Broadsword and British Singlestick and the AHA German Longsword Study Guide, and maintains a blog at where he posts regularly. He has been a member of HEMAC since 2011, and was awarded a HEMA Scholar Award for Best Instructor for research published










Elena Muzurina – Sabre

At present saber instructor at School of European Martial Tradition Tramazzone, located in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Student of Sergey Myasischev.

2003-2006 have been doing Eastern Martial Arts, had success at performing at competitions, than started to assist her instructor in athletic training of younger sportsmen. After join the university first time got acquainted with fencing, and in 2008 found amateur fencing group Daybreak, where has been leader and coach for 6 years.

Since 2012 had been an assistant coach at newly opened fencing center, combining this occupation with teaching in Daybreak. Than fully dedicated herself to new and prospective activity – becoming a permanent part of coaching staff at Excalibur. That time she put saber in the first place as principal area for development. After two years being student and assistant coach to Sergey Myasischev, he was qualified to start her own class of saber.

In 2014 after visiting Italy and acquaintanceship with Italian colleagues, the head of our school took interest in Italian tradition in HEMA. Several months later project Tramazzone have been launched, basically focused on such disciplines, as sidesword, saber and rapier. Elena continued to teach saber, uniting her preceding knowledge and experience in sports with element of mainly L. Barbasetti’s method.

At the moment Elena is well-known and efficient instructor in Russia, a main trainer and co-instructor of several champions among men and women, conducts quite a big group of sabreurs at Tramazzone, effectually performs at HEMA tournaments at several nominations, regularly organizes seminars for referees and holds biggest HEMA tournaments now not only in home Saint Petersburg.


Sean Franklin – Cutting mechanics

Sean Franklin began his HEMA career in late 2011 when he began training at Blood and Iron Martial Arts in Vancouver, Canada. Due to his prior experience in the Canadian High Performance Sport System he was able to apply his physical conditioning and disciplined training focus to develop as a martial artist at a rapid rate, being able to outfight many club head instructors after only a few years’ experience. Sean has experience in many weapons and traditions, having competitive medals in most tournament weapon sets.

Sean’s experience in sports coaching has allowed him to rapidly develop as a martial arts instructor, serving as the Head Coach of the Blood and Iron fight team in the past. He is a passionate advocate of test cutting for both preserving martial validity and as a tool to assist the development of quality body mechanics.

He also might be most known for appearing in instructional YouTube videos, which is ironically the least impressive credential in terms of demonstrating actual competence.


Szabolcs Waldmann: Longsword

Founding of Hungary’s biggest Club, Ars Ensis and leading since 2003.
Research activity: Thibault, Guelf 83.4, Lichtenauer’s Longsword, Hundsfeld
Participating international competitions (Swordfish Invitational Longsword 1st 2012, Mallorca Longsword  1st 2013)
Instructor in Dijon (2006 -2014), Dreynevent (2011, 2017), Swordfish (2012), Sword Island Mallorca (2013), Fightcamp (2012)
Main research fields: Longsword, Rapier, Group development
HEMA Publications: Masters of the Renaissance, Paladin Press; MS3227a (Hungarian Translation edition); Acta Periodica 2012-15.

A Science-Fiction writer under the pseudonym Michael Walden



Julia Yli-Hukka: Ringen and Longsword

Julia is instructor in GHFS, mainly focusing in longsword but also instructing and assisting in the ringen group. She has been doing HEMA since 2012 training longword, ringen and sword and buckler. She started to compete in late 2013 and have since then fenced in over 100 bouts and won over 20 medals, being top rated. She took gold in the Swedish championships 2015 and 2016, NHFL 2015 and Swordfish 2017 to mention a few competitions. The last year has not been able to attend as many competitions due to injuries and working situation, and in Janyary 2019 she is planning to go on maternity leave. When Julia has the class the students know they can look forward to “Julia-fys” which means a physical conditioning at the end of the class which will make them sweat for real. Pain is just weakness escaping the body.

Niklas Mårdby: Ringen and Sword accompanied by Julia

is one of GHFS earliest members. He has been ringen instructor since 2012 but has in the past also been longsword instructor. Niklas was also part of starting the children and youth longsword training at GHFS 2014-2015.

Julia Yli-Hukka started training HEMA in 2012 with GHFS and has since won several tournaments including the Swedish Nationals, Swordfish and the Nordic League. She has been instructor for longsword since 2015 but also instruct, train and compete in sword & buckler and ringen.