The Historical Fencer Podcast

The Historical Fencer Podcast

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. Other sites we run or endorse includes: – Fencing gear and equipment – Our home club HEMA Council, our Facebook group:


January 10, 2022 100 min
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.
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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!
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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.
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May 5, 2021 59 min
We dispel a common myth in historical fencing about sparring. We also compare how other sports view training and drilling.
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February 12, 2021 66 min
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
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November 12, 2020 81 min
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.
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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:
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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.
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September 11, 2020 84 min
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.
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August 29, 2020 78 min
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 plans...
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August 12, 2020 57 min
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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