European Medieval Combat Academy (EMCA)
Academie voor Europese middeleeuwse krijgskunsten (AMEK)

The Academie voor Europese middeleeuwse krijgskunsten or European Medieval Combat Academy's primary objective is to establish a community of skilled medieval martial artists through training and education based on research and development on historical treatises, specifically with Sigmund Ringeck's commentaries on Liechtenauer, Hans Talhoffer, Codex Wallerstein, Solothurner Fechtbuch and Flos Duellatorum.

The Academy was established in the 15th of August, 2002 in the city of Heemstede in the province of North Holland, in the Netherlands. Weapons training studied includes wrestling/grappling, dagger, longsword, sword & buckler, single-handed sword, falcion, spear and pollaxe fighting techniques. There's also a subgroup of the EMCA which focusses on the medieval longbow and it's use.

The period of focus is generally the Early Period and Middle Period. The Academy currently has approximately 20-30 students actively engaged in training twice weekly. The weapons used are wooden wasters, along with periodic use of shinais for some contact weapons sparring.

The European Medieval Combat Academy was founded by its instructor Mishaël Abia Lopes Cardozo (the individual on the right in the image left). EMCA also has a second instructor, Kenneth Smolders (the individual on the left in the image left).

M. Lopes Cardozo has a long history in fencing and eastern martial arts (kendo, katori shinto ryu, jiu-jitsu and karate) and leverages his aquired knowledge and skill in Eastern Martial Arts (EMA) to interpretate and reconstruct historical European martial arts as described in the medieval treatises. He's considered one of the Dutch leading voices in the revival and resurrection of the European medieval fighting arts.

Contact Information 

Mishaël Abia Lopes Cardozo
c/o Academie voor Europese middeleeuwse krijgskunsten
Gedempte Oude gracht 150rd
Haarlem, North Holland
2011 GX Haarlem
The Netherlands

Tel: +1 0031(0)6-30355744



Entered: August 23, 2003
Updated: October 23, 2006