The Author

This blog is written by a fencer, researcher, and instructor in the Historical European Martial Arts HEMA from the period of the 14th until the 17th century.  

Jens P. Kleinau is the instructor for single handed weapons, and single handed weapon combinations at  Zornhau, in Germany. His way of martial arts and sports started in 1973 with Olympic fencing. Since then he studied various martial arts with some respites mostly related to injuries resulting from that kind of leisure-time activity. His main studies had been Fencing and Shotokan Karate (Risto Kiiskilä). He is still in Wing Chun (Richard Cole lineage Leung Ting), Historical Martial Arts (Torsten Schneyer and many others), and most recently in Taijiquan (lineage Yang Style). He is a member of Zornhau since 2005, and in 2009 he joined a second HEMA club named Stahl auf Stahl, Frankfurt, Germany. In 2013 he founded the New Marxbrüder association in Frankfurt. In 2016 he started to teach in the Fechtfabrik in Frankfurt.

He is a sought-after instructor at international events or workshops as he reduces his appearence to only a few selected per annum. His favorite teaching subjects are Langes Messer (long knife), sword & buckler, and shield and spear

Jens P. researches, transcribes, translates, and interprets the medieval and renaissance fighting manuals and publishes at his well-known blog https://talhoffer.wordpress.com. As a part of the Zornhau team he measures and handles original weapons and shields and publishes the data at the club’s website. To broaden his horizon and assure the quality of his own work, he is in constant exchange with other experts (mostly using his three letter acronym “jpk” or a nome de plume matching this acronym like “Johann Paulus Kal” at Facebook).


Jens P. strives for a ‘bullshido’ free interpretation of the work of the old masters. His interpretations are very down-to-earth and even though there may be younger and faster fencers, he will never put a challenge down. 

He would love to teach you in person how to use his favorite weapons accordingly to the original sources. Alas he usually has a schedule full of other things dear to him. But if you pay him the expenses and some  drinks he will see what he can do. Just contact him on Facebook or via mail to hans.thalhoffer{at}googlemail.com. Here are some of the workshop he did: Selected Workshops

Academic appearance and publications

“Visualised motion: iconography of medieval and renaissance fencing books”, Late Medieval and Early Modern Fight Books, eds. Timothy Dawson, Daniel Jacquet, and Karin Verelst. Leiden: Brill, forthcoming 2016.

Hans Talhoffer and case of Wilhelm von Villenbach. Trade and justice in the first quarter of the 15th century“, L’art du combat d’après Hans Talhoffer 1448-1467, 27 april 2015,  University of Geneva


The blog is dedicated to Hans Talhoffer a Fencing Master of the 15th century. You will find a growing lot of material for your own researches and for the training of the Historical European Martial Arts.

Hans Talhoffer (Dalhover, Talhouer, Thalhoffer, Talhofer) was a Fencing Master, a Contract Combatant and a Consultant regarding Martial Arts and the Arts of War. He was born between 1410-1415 and lived at least until 1482 (latest mention of his name is 1489 in Munich Bavaria).

He produced at least five surviving manuals to the arts of fencing and warfare which were copied several times. Talhoffer was a well educated man, who took interest in astrology, mathematics, onomastics, and the auctoritas and the ratio. He was ranked highly by his customers who paid a fortune to produce the manuals.

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