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Helsinki Longsword Open 2017 – Tournament Videos

Hello All,

While we’re waiting for the first tournament (Blademasters Cup) of the Irish Historical Fencing League (IHFL) we might take a closer look at our older brother: Nordic Historical Fencing League (NHFL) and it’s tournaments. They have already started the season with Helsinki Longsword Open 2017!

In Men’s division Dennis Ljungqvist (KuHFS, Sweden) have taken well deserved gold over Kristian Ruokonen (EHMS, Finland) who took silver. It was a great fight to watch between two fighters who represents very mature and technical approach. Dennis won flawlessly without giving his opponent almost any openings at all while constantly controlling the distance.  Third place match was between Andrey Muzurin (Tramazzone, Russia) and Håvard Eidheim (FKFD, Norway) who won the bronze medal in a great style over Andrey Muzurin who represents very fast sport fencing style. It was another beautiful fight where two different styles of fencing clashed together and Håvard won by opposing speed with excellent technique! Congratulations to all! Well deserved!

In Women’s division Michela D’orlando (Waterloo Sparring Group, UK) won well deserved gold over Majken Roelfszema (MARS, The Netherlands), it was a close fight but Michela performance was very strong – she won most of the fights in clinch and score several good cuts from the High Vom Tag position (with perfect body mechanics). In a fight for a bronze match Sara Vertanen (EHMS, Finland) beat Hanna Kallio (EHMS, Finland) and won a bronze medal. Congratulations!

Personally, i’m very happy to see that historical fencing has reached such a mature level so let’s set this as a trend for the whole 2017 both in NHFL tournaments as well as IHFL ones! Now, let’s just watch the fights:

Men’s Final:

Men’s Bronze:

Women’s Final:

Women’s Bronze:


Helsinki Longsword Open 2016 – Tournament Videos

Hi All,

2016 Tournament Season is officially open!

So here’s the first of the Nordic Historical Fencing League – Helsinki Longsword Open. Congratulations to Dennis Ljungqvist (KuHFS Sweden) for winning the Gold and Ties Kool (HVN Netherlands) for the silver, in Womens section it’s Sara Vertanen (Gold, EHMS Finland) and Julia Yli-Hukka (Silver, GHFS Sweden), Michela D’Orlando got Bronze 🙂 – Congratulations to all!

This year’s fight were very clear, skill level was very high (as usual with nordic tournaments) and the fights were very clear. It seems that as the skill level progresses fighters tend to go for simpler moves just because of their effectiveness (with mobility playing big part of that). Sounds familiar? Watch the both finals especially men and check out the thrust Ties got from Dennis (10:43) – a nice reminder of why we need the throat protector 🙂

Men’s final:

Men’s bronze:

Men’s semifinals:

Women’s final:

Women’s bronze:

Women’s seminfinals:


All videos are on the EHMS You Tube channel, so check them out (quarter finals, pools and cutting tournaments)!

As you may know Christine Maunsell went there as well – you can find her fights in the pool 2 section!


Helsinki Longsword Open 2015 – Longsword Tournament Videos


2015 tournament season is open! This one is the first of the longsword tournaments (31st of Jan 2015) that takes part in the Nordic Historical Fencing League (Copenhagen Open and Bergen Open being the other ones).

Loads of nice fights out there, check it out, especially the finals. Scandinavian guys are working alot with high guards and their performance is increasing significantly with each year. And this is just the beginning of the season – I expect this year to be huge on tournaments as almost every club in Europe will have one!