Few HEMA practitioners train to actively engage in combat using Messer fighting technique, and instead apply saber style fighting when using the messer. Often this is because fighters are falling back on old habits from weapons, or don’t have sufficient confidence in the messer techniques. In this class we focus on building up core devices to KdF messer in order to give participants a good foundation and confidence to fight using a German Messer style. This class can be performed with any single handed arming sword, however for best results a messer is recommended. Mask and gloves aren’t required, but may allow participants to perform certain drills with a higher level of intent.



Sean Franklin began his HEMA career in 2011, and hit the ground running. 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, working to develop high level martial artists by instruct at schools and events around the world. Recently he served as a delegate and coach for the North American team at the 2019 European Summer Games (yes, you read 'North American team at the European Games' correctly.) A passionate advocate of test cutting, Sean finds they practice useful for both preserving martial validity and as a tool to assist the development of quality body mechanics.

Sean might be most known for his instructional YouTube videos, which is ironically the least impressive credential in terms of demonstrating actual competence. ;)

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