Espoo Association for Historical Fencing



EHMS is a non-profit organization devoted to the study and practice of Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA). EHMS operates in the western side capital region of Finland, operating a dedicated training hall in Helsinki.

EHMS offers training in two disciplines: Bolognese sidesword from 16th century Italy and German longsword after the teachings of 14th-century fencing master Johannes Liechtenauer.


The instructors at EHMS are are Kristian Ruokonen, Kalle Kylmänen, Christoffer Warelius, Mats Bergström, Eetu Röpelinen, Miro Lahtela, Markus Koivisto and Jaakko Viitanen.

Events & beginner’s courses

EHMS organizes three annual events: Helsinki Longsword Open that is part of the Nordic Historical Fencing League, Helsinki Bolognese Open and an annual club competition.

The beginner’s courses are held four times per year in spring and autumn. More information about beginner’s courses can be found on the Peruskurssit-page in Finnish. Our beginner’s courses are primarily held in Finnish but instruction in English is available as well.

Board of Directors

EHMS’s board of directors is elected each year at the annual meeting. The current chairman of the board is Christoffer Warelius. Other members of the board are Venla Kupiainen, Simo-Pekka Leppänen, Zoë Chandler and Nadia Partala.

The club’s treasurer is Zoë Chandler.

Training hall

We welcome visitors to our training from all over the world. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested in traveling to train with us in Helsinki.

The EHMS training hall is located at Suvilahdenkatu 10Journey Planner is helpful when traveling in Helsinki with public transport.

Contact us

You can find us on Facebook as well as on Instagram. If you want to contact EHMS’s board or instructors or if you have any questions about our club, please email us at

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