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Meet the instructors

Do you want to know a bit more about our instructors before you reach out to us? You're in the right place. Our club has five instructors, all with different background and experience. You will be meeting all of them one way ore another.

Head Coach

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Tom Jensen

The head coach and founder of the club. Tom's interest in swords, knights and everything related has always been a part of his life. Fencing was the first thing he tried out but it was not the right fit for him. His attention shifted to show fighting and performing at jousting games, his interest gave him many opportunities and took him around around the country doing different shows.

 

 His interest in HEMA started after acquiring at book by the early HEMA practitioners, that was in 2006 and Tom has now been practicing the martial art for almost 20 years. Out of his great interest the idea for the club was born back in 2015. His hopes for in starting the club was to be able to share and pass on his knowledge to others and to get more people to discover, spread the word and give new life to this exciting martial art.

Head Coach

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Johanna Graffton

The head coach and founder of the club. Tom's interest in swords, knights and everything related has always been a part of his life. Fencing was the first thing he tried out but it was not the right fit for him. His attention shifted to show fighting and performing at jousting games, his interest gave him many opportunities and took him around around the country doing different shows.

 

 His interest in HEMA started after acquiring at book by the early HEMA practitioners, that was in 2006 and Tom has now been practicing the martial art for almost 20 years. Out of his great interest the idea for the club was born back in 2015. His hopes for in starting the club was to be able to share and pass on his knowledge to others and to get more people to discover, spread the word and give new life to this exciting martial art.

Assistant Coaches

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Joel Paulson

Joel started training in 2013 and has been active in HEMA for the last 10 years. He's been an assistant coach on various levels since 2016. Joels favorite disciplines when it comes to training is "abrazare" (grappling) and dagger fighting. If you've got

any questions he's your man, when it comes to knowledge about these disciplines there's almost

no question he can't answer.

​When he's not training, he does a little bit of

everything, he enjoys doing crafts, immerse himself

in role-playing and video games. He also likes

relaxing and watching movies or tv- series.

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Anders Göransson

Anders first started showing an interest in HEMA in 2018 and have been practicing ever since. 

His favourite parts of HEMA is longsword-practice and wrestling. He thinks fighting in armour is really fun and during historical events that's often where he spends his time.

 

Anders have been practicing different kinds of

martial arts since 2012 and has experience in karate and wrestling. 

 

When he's not engaged in HEMA-practice he likes to travel some place warm, play video games, 

watch movies and tv-series.

Hjälptränare Katarina Gullberg

Katarina Gullberg

Katarina has extensive experience in martial arts, more specifically 21 years in Aikido, Goju-ryu karate, Tai Chi, Kung Fu and guest training in Gracie Jiu Jiutsu from time to time. When she came to the club in 2019, the way of training through sparring was relatively new to her, but it soon made her want more.

 

Katarina always enjoyed to evolve by teaching others.

 It started early when she as an 18-year-old became an assistant instructor in parachuting, where she then remained for 12 years before it was time for new adventures. She has traveled a lot thanks to her martial arts practice and has been inspired by different ways of training and teaching.In addition to new knowledge she usually gains both new contacts and friends during her travels.

Of course, she likes swords too and has done so since the 1990s, but she almost thinks it is equally interesting to see how the medieval combat system ties in with other weapons such as dagger and spear. To her it is exciting to study historical manuscripts, gain deeper insights and at the same time be able to note all the similarities between HEMA and a lot of the other martial arts she's got experience from.

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