Winterkamp | 10-12 February 2023

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Let op: het maximale aantal deelnemers is bereikt. Ook de wachtlijst zit vol.

Please note: the maximum number of participants has been reached. The waiting list is maxed out as well.


Winterkamp is een driedaags HEMA-evenement met workshops, lezingen en gezelligheid. Inclusief overnachtingen en drie maaltijden per dag. Alles georganiseerd door de Zwaardkring!


Wanneer: 10-12 februari 2023
Waar: Active Sport Goirle (Tijvoortsebaan 1, 5051 HJ Goirle, Nederland, bekijk in Google Maps)


Meer info op Facebook



  • volledig weekend: 120 euro
  • Eén dag toegang: 80 euro
  • Prijs inclusief 3 maaltijden per dag


Goed om te weten:

  • Je kunt blijven slapen, maar het aantal slaapplekken/stretchers is beperkt.
  • Het enige dat je nodig hebt, zijn je wapens, gear en slaap/toiletspullen.


Relevante reglementen:


Winterkamp is a three day HEMA event with workshops, lectures and lots of fun! Includes overnight stays and three meals a day. Organised by the Zwaardkring!


When: 10-12 February 2023
Where: Active Sport Goirle (Tijvoortsebaan 1, 5051 HJ Goirle, the Netherlands, view in Google Maps)


More info on Facebook



  • full weekend: 120 euros
  • 1 day access: 80 euro's
  • Price includes 3 meals a day


Good to know:

  • It's possible to spend the night(s) on location, although sleeping spaces/stretchers are limited.
  • The only things you need to bring yourself are your weapons, gear and sleeping stuff/toiletries.


General regulations:


Check out the Winterkamp Merchandise page and order ahead of the event!

Featured workshops and instructors:

All workshops are also shared on the Facebook event page.

Carla Huvermann

Adapting to Different Tournament Situations

By Carla Huvermann (Germany)

When fighting in tournaments you will often find yourself in different, sometimes uncomfortable situations. Those situations are dependent on the three parties of a fight: yourself, your opponent and the judges. In this workshop we will figure out main influences on the fight and how to deal with them.

We will have a deeper look into what your own behaviour can trigger in your opponnents and how they may lure you into their own game. We will also have a look at how judges may influence a fight and how we can deal with this. Most of the examples given are taken from experiences in ladies' longsword, but the workshop can also be attended by fencers of other disciplines.

You will need full longsword sparring equipment to join, i.e. a mask, back of the head protection, throat guard, fencing jacket, chest protection, pants or something comparable, shin and knee protection and a longsword.

Mila Jedrzejewska

Play to Slay: Using Games to Teach HEMA

By Mila Jędrzejewska (The Netherlands)

Play has always been an important part of the learning process, and is not just for kids. Whether you are 5 or 55, having fun triggers your happy hormones and makes you more receptive to the knowledge passed during the class.

During this workshop we will focus on different types of games that can help you construct engaging classes for your group, or just spruce up your personal training routine. We will cover games suitable for warm-ups, mobility training, technical drills or strategy planning.

Gear required: mask, throat guard, light gloves, sword (of any kind, as long as it is blunt!).

Taking the Battlements

By: Oskar ter Mors (The Netherlands)

Fencing masters like their metaphors. In many fight books, a vivid collection of tropes is used to explain to the student how to fence. Hans Lecküchner uses everyday images that will have been familiar to inhabitants of Nürnberg to teach fighting with the long knife (langes Messer). Much of that revolves around fortifications and the siegecraft required to take them.

In this workshop, we'll be taking these metaphors to the next level by looking at fencing actions as if we are conducting a siege. There will of course be a technical side to this, as well as tactical considerations to keep in mind. At the end of this workshop you will walk away with some new tools to help read fight books, as well as a very useful method for attacking your opponent's openings.

For this workshop you'll need a Messer or similar one handed weapon, a mask, light gloves and a throat guard. A jacket is nice, but optional.

Longpoint, Half-Shield and 6th: Which is Appropriate and When

By: Kristine Konsmo (Sweden)

Kristine will train us in sword & buckler, one set of weapons in which she specialises. We will be looking at the wards/guards in manual I.33 which cover the centerline and identifying scenarios in which they are advantageous and how to apply them. Key themes are opposing ward, distance, hesitation and binding-side.

Necessary gear depends on intensity you plan to drill at (always adaptable) but at minimum a sword and buckler, gloves, mask, and something on your chest. Lower leg protection likely won’t be needed.

Let’s Start with Plan A (Rapier)

By: Reinier van Noort (Norway)

When learning fencing, we have to start at the beginning, and a common beginning is how to approach and attack an opponent who is assumed to be trained, and who stands in guard, but who does not act. Let’s call how to attack such an opponent “Plan A”. And indeed, many treatises do begin their lessons with something that could be considered such a Plan A. This simple-appearing scenario, however, is not always what it seems. In this workshop, we will explore the most common “Plan A” – and see where it fails, and why. Then, we will explore a new Plan A, based on Fabris’s narrow measure and C13’s description of entering this.

Gear required: rapier, mask, toque, throatguard, (light) fencing jacket. Light gloves are recommended.

Introduction to the Brigandine

By: Peter Kalkman (The Netherlands)

Peter Kalkman will give a talk on an underappreciated type of 15th century body armour: the brigandine. The brigandine is a type of lamellar armour, designed to protect the torso by means of small metal plates that are riveted to the inside of a sleeveless doublet. During the talk, many different aspects of this particular armour will be addressed, including extant examples, archaeological find, brigandines in art, brigandine makers, patrons and so on. Hopefully, the increased awareness can popularize the brigandine for re-enactors, scholars and other related fields.

Fighting with the Sickle according to Paulus Hector Mair

By: Willeke Snijder (The Netherlands)

Willeke Snijder (what's in a name) from Bataille will introduce us to a less common weapon: the sickle.

Paulus Hector Mair is the only master that we know of that wrote about fighting with farmer’s tools in his Opus Amplissimum de Arte Athletica. One of those tools turned weapon is the sickle.

We are going to explore the possibilities of this lovely weapon and see if and where there are similarities with other more well known weapons and how we can use that knowledge to expand our range of the sickle beyond the sixteen known plates.

We will provide training sickles for this workshop but if you have one of the PH synthetic sickles you are welcome to bring and use it. If you have other training sickles, please check with us if they are OK to use in the workshop.

Gear required: gloves that protect hands and wrists. Highly recommended materials: A mask with overlay, cup/groin protection. Recommended: arm and/or body protection. (You can join with only gloves but you might be limited in how you can perform the exercises).

Richard van den Broek

Dagger Fighting According to Fiore dei Liberi

By: Richard van den Broek (The Netherlands)

Take a group of people, say the word dagger and they become interested! In my workshop we will learn some moves and counter moves from Fiore Dei Liberi dagger fighting, translated by Colin Richards. I will take you step by step in learning some of these moves. Everyone can join my workshop, we will start with some simple moves and later on some more difficult. We start slow and later on we will pick up the speed.

A fair warning there might be a chance to get an injury, but we all do our best to prevent this. So let's have some fun with daggers!

Gear required: A dagger can be a feder, coldsteel, wood and it shoudl be around 30 cm in length.

Proper Nutrition and Basic Fitness Principles for Martial Artists

By: Jarno de Heus (The Netherlands)

Feeling weak or slow during sparring? Light headed? Stressed after training and not able to recover well? Or do you just want to make your energy levels more stable, improve your muscles and cardiovascular fitness more efficiently? Jarno de Heus be giving an evening lecture on sports-nutrition and some basic fitness principles (and how they work together). All applied to a martial-arts setting.

Workshops 1) Ringen and 2) Sword and Buckler

By: Sean Wauters (Belgium)

Basic structures and positions in Ringen: Liechtenauer-Leckuchner-Durer and Auserwald. Just like fencing, wrestling has a some technicalities, pillars and concepts. Like the hutten and hangen in the Liechtenauer System and the Custodiae and Obsiones in MsI.33 wrestling has a few postures from where some techniques can be performed. In this seminar we will see a few of these postures and positions and which techniques are applicable from them.

Hangen with Sword & Buckler. The use of Hangen is omnipresent in the teachings of Lignitzer, Leckuchner, Durer, Speyer, Talhoffer and others. In this seminar we will walk through different techniques and applications of either static and dynamic Hangen-use such as in motus, during winding and the drei wunder (cuts, slices and thrusts) in Sword and Buckler fencing according to the Liechtenauer System, based on different manuscripts and treatises.

Sabre Fencing – My Favourite Drills

By: Victor Harder Hesel (Denmark)

In this workshop we will be working with drills intended to strengthen our flow, improve our energy conservation and expand our repertoire of techniques.

We will also touch on several more specialised variations on these drills, so that at the end of the workshop you will have a good idea of how to work on your weaknesses and explore new avenues into a well-rounded sabreur’s mindset. Prior experience with sabre is not a must.  

Gear required: A sabre (or any single handed sword). Protection is optional but not strictly necessary. However, the more you bring, the more intensity you can add to the drills.

'All You Wanted to Know about Rapier Fights, but Were Afraid to Ask'

By: Emilia Skirmunt (UK)

Regardless if you are just beginning your HEMA adventure or you are an experienced fencer but would like to know more about rapiers, this workshop is for you. This rapier crash course will start with warm-up/exercises which might help with your rapier technique and will go through the right (and safe) ways of lunging, steps, guards, and as a cherry on top we will finish with a couple more interesting techniques to add to your fighting repertoire ;)

Gear required: rapier (or sidesword), mask, light gloves, chest protector, fencing jacket, gorget (throatguard).

High Intensity Sparring with Longsword

By: Ties Kool (The Netherlands)

The pressure is on! In this workshop we will go through a number of tactical decisions in high intensity sparring or tournaments. Knowing techniques is only one of the steps, being able to apply them is next. This workshop took shape fighting and coaching. We'll go through several theories around fighting and training that you can implement into your own training.

Gear required: at minimum upper body gear.

A Practical Guide to Slaying Giants

By: Maarten van de Auwera (Belgium)

My workshop is "a practical guide to slaying giants". en is a longsword workshop. Giants are fearsome creatures. They have big bear bodies with long ape arms and take seven mile steps. In this workshop, we will tackle the slaying of these magnificent beasts. We will look at how to approach them from a safe distance, how to prevent yourself from getting slaughtered and lastly, how to safely do the slaying. Along the way, we will discuss the most common mistakes and misconceptions about slaying giants, we will face the limitations of how to handle them and maybe even befriend one.

Gear required: a full longsword giant slaying outfit.

Disclaimer: If you bring your own giant, please put a mask on it so that it doesn't bite.

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