The xKDF Network will be hosting internationally renowned instructor Mishaël Lopes Cardozo at Krav Maga Maryland on Sunday, June 29th for two four-hour workshops.

The workshops are $30 each or $50 for both. There is a 20-student cap for the FAUST workshop, and a 12-student cap for the Longsword workshop. Proceeds go to paying the venue.

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Lopes in the 2014 Sefano Milla film Richard the Lionheat: Rebellion.

Lopes in the 2014 Sefano Milla film Richard the Lionheat: Rebellion.

FAUST: A Modern Combatives System Based on Western Sources

9:00 am - 1:00 pm 

FAUST (Full Assault Unarmed Survival Tactics ) is a registered international combat system, specifically designed for modern applications and focused on practical situations.

In this four-hour FAUST introductory course, founder Mishaël Lopes Cardozo will present techniques using everyday objects (such as keys, credit cards, bottle, bag, umbrella, chair and walking stick, etc.) and how you can use them as weapons to protect yourself.

Participants will learn to defend against strikes kicks, and chokes, as well as defenses from attacks with knives and other weapons. Mr. Cardozo will also address managing being threatened with handguns. 

This unique system was developed by M.A. Lopes Cardozo, the founder of AMEK martial arts school in the Netherlands. He has it taught to police, security and private protection agencies in Europe and now he is bringing it to North America with the support of internationally reknowned historical fencing coach Lee Smith of Blood and Iron Martial Arts in Vancouver.

See also: Dutch HEMA Fighter Lopes Cardozo Makes Headlines Coming to Law Enforcement's Aid

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Longsword: Speed, Strikes, & Stabs

3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Lopes also works in the video game industry performing motion capture. Taken from

Lopes also works in the video game industry performing motion capture. Taken from

This four-hour workshop looks at two of the most difficult components in fencing with the longsword: generating speed and momentum so that you can "finish the job" in one go; and how to work from the bind at close range when your attack proves to have been too slow and the opponent had managed to park his own sword in your path.

This is what the instructor, Mishaël Lopes Cardozo, has to say on the subject:

Working from the bind comes down to 'feeling' what the other person intends, as opposed to 'seeing'... as relying on your sight from that point on will most likely get your brains splattered all over the arena. That why the old masters called it 'Fühlen am Schwert' (feeling on the sword)

Sparring goes fast and often longsword fighters don't wait around to see what is going to happen from a bind as they already have set themselves on a mission to disengage and go for the strike. Sometimes this is a missed opportunity...

When you are in a sparring bout or friendly play it is not so easy to work from the bind; so most modern historical fencers rely on strikes and distance management. And this is logic, you stick to what you know best and what makes you feel most comfortable and safe.

But once you've mastered this part of fencing theory you are able to stab the living shit out of people and this is great fun! And very frustrating for your opponent which makes it even more fun! So very simple if these rapier flailers can do it why the hell not you?

So we are going to change our mindset in this workshop by focusing on Absezten & Winden not just from a 'slowmotion' and theoretical perspective, but also on the implementation in sparring, looking at the so called common encounters in which you could apply these fancy techniques!

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About Mishaël Lopes Cardozo

Mishaël began training the movement that would later be called "HEMA" (Historical European Martial Arts) in 1992. He is founder and president of the Netherlands' AMEK (Academie voor Middeleeuwse Europese Krijgskunsten). The academy was officially founded in 2002 and currently has six locations scattered throughout the Netherlands with approximately 175 students.

Mishaël (generally just called ‘Lopes’) is an expert in various eastern martial arts. For the last 20 years he has been exclusively focussing on intensive research and practice of European medieval martial arts. In 2008 Mishaël started his international HEMA career and he has tought in over more then 20 countries. Mishaël's primary focus is 15th century German fighting tradition, and secondary is Italian dagger and wrestling tradition. He also specializes is the design and execution of ‘flow drills’ with one or two weapons.

On July 12th 2008 Mishaël was officially knighted in Holland for his contribution to the reconstruction of the historical European martial heritage. In 2010 Mishaël's initiated and co-founded the HEFFAC ‘Historical European Fighting and Fencing Arts Coalition’, a lowlands martial arts alliance, consisting out of the leading historical martial arts schools located in the Netherlands and Belgium.

Beside teaching Mishaël is in demand for film and television work and does motion capture for computer games. He resides in Haarlem, Netherlands

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Event Location

Krav Maga Maryland

865 Stanford Blvd, Suite 141
Lakeside Shopping Center
Columbia, MD 21045
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