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The Historical Fencer Podcast

Author: Anders Linnard

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The Historical Fencer Podcast is about all things HEMA and fencing. Anders Linnard and Axel Petterson talk about training, teaching, culture, history and all the fun and interesting things which relates to Historical European Martial Arts. Go to to learn more.

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12 Episodes
Orlando di Ciccio is an italian fencer based in Canada where he teaches medieval fencing to people in the Mohawk reservation. We talk about warrior culture, his fencing journey and how fencing can be a teacher in life.🏆 Support the channel🏆Support the channel through Patreon! It really helps us a lot!🏆 Our Goal 🏆At The Historical Fencer Magazine, our goal is to share our knowledge and thoughts on historical fencing to get you started in picking up a sword. Or, if you're already doing Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA), to deepen your knowledge.I remember starting with HEMA and historical fencing over two decades ago and having tonnes of questions. Now there is so much more information and I want to help you with the things that I didn't know back then.▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬🏆 Other places I run 🏆St Mark – Fencing clothing and equipment ►​The Fencing Guild – a ranking organisation ►​Facebook page for THF ► Council – a FB page for historical fencing ►▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬👨 About Me 👨My name's Anders Linnard and I've been doing HEMA or Historical fencing for over 20 years. I have won national and international championships and trained some of the best fencers on the planet. I've also been involved in shaping how competitions work and written the rules that are the foundation for most of the historical fencing competitions today. I also run St Mark, a company that produces fencing equipment.🔔Subscribe! 🔔Subscribe to learn more about historical fencing and how to use a sword.Subscribe on Youtube ► information on this YouTube Channel and the resources available are for educational and informational purposes only.​Don't forget to like and subscribe!
Scott Hellroth is a man who has been more influential than most people realise. In this episode, we talk about prank calling fencing celebrities like John Clements and the ideas behind commenting and staging the live feed at Swordfish.
We had one of our favourite people on the podcast. Samuel Spånberger tells the story about why he once stopped fencing, what fencing has meant for him in his life, and where he's going in the future. This one was shot and recorded in Grövelsjön, Älvdalen, where we went hiking for a few days. So, we threw in some bonus photos from the hike over on our Youtube channel. Check it out!
In this episode we talk about historical fencing culture, local club culture, small events and many other things. Also, for the first time we filmed the podcast. At least parts of it since we ran into technical difficulties after a while.
Ep 8 – Sparring

Ep 8 – Sparring


We dispel a common myth in historical fencing about sparring. We also compare how other sports view training and drilling.
Should you call yourself a fencing master? What's the history of ranking in fencing? In this episode we talk about master titles, ranking and the progression of guild systems. Want to know about how we rank? Go to
Ep 6 – Fitness

Ep 6 – Fitness


Ep 6 – Fitness. Axel Pettersson and Anders Linnard talk about fitness and why it's important in historical fencing. Anders also has the poor taste to sing a song. If you can make it through that, you can make it through anything.
Casper Ellestad-Andersen joined us for a conversation about fencing, archery and HEMA in the USA and Denmark.Axel's dagger shenanigans from back in the day, can be seen here:
In this episode we talk to Jean Chandler from New Orleans about the richness and nuance of medieval culture, violence then and now and why you should read the classics to get a better grip on fencing.
EP 3 – Competitions

EP 3 – Competitions


Are competitions really necessary? And how can they help you develop as a person? In this episode we share personal stories and talk about why we started competing and promoting competing in historical fencing.
EP2 – Teaching Fencing

EP2 – Teaching Fencing


In this episode we discuss teaching, teaching methods and what makes a good instructor. Axel also tells us that he's added to his levitation
In this episode Axel Pettersson and Anders Linnard discuss warrior culture and its role in history and today. Can we benefit from it as martial artists and how? Maybe it can even help us levitate.
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