Chrysovalantis Tampakakis

Chrysovalantis Tampakakis is instructor of Historical European Martial Arts at Sports Club – Academy of Hoplomachia and Coriolanos HEMA Team, a Provost of the Historical Fencing Affiliates (HFA) and President of the Board of the Hellenic Federation of HEMA (HFHEMA). He has been a founding member of the study group of ARMA Hellas (established in 2003), a scholar adept and study group co-ordinator from 2006 to April 2014 and is a current member of HEMAC. He is co-author with George Zacharopoulos of ‘The Knightly Art of the Sword: hoplomachia in the middle ages and the renaissance’ – the first book on HEMA in Greek – and knife instructor at Reality Based Personal Protection system of Jim Wagner. His study, practice and teaching focus is on the Italian side sword and its companion weapons (based on the works of Antonio Manciolino, Achille Marozzo and Giovanni dall’Agocchie), the Italian rapier (based on the teachings of Salvator Fabris) and the Spanish rapier (based on the teachings of Francisco Lorenz de Rada). His research interests and experimentation center on the various Hellenic styles of warfare from the Trojan war to the military operations of the Greek Stradioti in renaissance Europe.

Swashbuckling Obsession

A short, yet in-depth analysis and practice of warding, counter-warding, binding, attacking and shield-striking with the sword and the buckler, focused on proper footwork, body and weapon positioning and based on various examples and technical elements as presented in the MS I. 33 ”Walpurgis Fechtbuch”.

Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Equipment: Protective Gear: Mask and Jacket. Weapons: One-handed sword (steel, synthetic or wooden)* and Buckler (steel, plastic or wooden)*.

* A few nylon swords and bucklers can be provided by the Academy of Hoplomachia for those that cannot bring their own. Contact us at:  so that we keep one for you.