Stefan Dieke. Photo courtesy of www.freifechter.org.
International Swordfighting and Martial Arts Convention
Stefan Dieke Alte Kampfkunst
in 1969, Stefan Dieke has since the early 1990s been dedicated to
the research of fighting styles of the centuries past, with the
main focus in German material from the Middle Ages and
Renaissance. His focus is on the authenticity of the fighting
techniques and their effective realization.
Stefan has made a thorough study of Joachim Meyer's treatise of 1570, which is likely the most complex and precise source for the German school of rapier fence.
In working to reconstruct Liechtenauer's system of the Long Sword in a historically valid and martially effective manner, Stefan includes the works of Peter von Danzig, Sigmund Ringeck, Lew the Jew, and Paulus Hector Mair as well as HS 3227a (Dobringer) in forming the core of his continuing longsword research.
Stefan also researches, studies and practices medieval and renaissance dagger, staff ('Halbe Stange') and 19th century military saber as well as unarmed fighting styles of the 15th and 16th century.
In 2000, he was the leading force in the founding of the first official club for Historical Swordsmanship as a martial art in Germany, where he was the head instructor.
Now Stefan is running the first full-time school for Historical Swordsmanship in Germany, the Alte Kampfkunst. There, he teaches Sabre and Longsword three nights a week, offering regular seminars on a variety of other weapons.