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 the following disciplines:

  • Bolognese sidesword, from 16th century Italy
  • German longsword, after the teachings of 14th-century fencing master Johannes Liechtenauer
  • Rapier and dagger
  • Saber, according to 19th century teachings by Richard Francis Burton
  • Messer, according to 15th century master Johannes Lecküchner’s teachings
  • Italian longsword, after the teachings of 14th-century fencing master Fiore dei Liberi
  • Wrestling
  • Gekiken


The instructors at EHMS are: Mats Bergström, Jakub Dobi, Toni Heikura, Markus Koivisto, Kalle Kylmänen, Miro Lahtela, Mikko Lehto, Kristian Ruokonen, Olli Suominen, Minna Vasarainen, Ami Viholainen, Jaakko Viitanen and Ville Välimäki.

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 chair of the board is Idamaria “Iita” Lehtinen. Other members of the board are Minna Vasarainen, Zachariah Chamberlaine, Mats Bergström and Christoffer Warelius

The club’s treasurer is Zachariah Chamberlaine.

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. For the sake of fairness, if you’re training with us for a month or more, we ask that you contribute to the club the same way our members do.

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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