AGEA Editora is the publishing firm for AGEA, the galician federation of researchers and practitioners of Historical European Martial Arts. We publish historical treatises, critical editions and other research resources.
Born on 21 April 1976. He began training Judo in his childhood, but switched to Taekwondo in his teens, and kept training it for 8 years. He discovered sport fencing at the university, but upon his return to Ourense found he no longer could continue that.
Restless by nature, he convinced a group of friends to embark on an activity he had just discovered in 2007: HEMA. Co-founder of the Asociación Ourensá de Esgrima Antiga in 2008, he teaches there rapier fencing (Verdadeira Destreza) since its inception, and longsword according to Fiore dei Liberi from the end of 2013.
He has taught multiple classes at meetings of the galician HEMA federation AGEA. He is part of the editorial committee of AGEA Editora. He co-translated the English version of the Manuscrito da Espada.
Since 2016 he has joined to Ton Puey’s Academia da Espada, where he continues his education in the Iberian school of Verdadeira Destreza.
With a little luck he will die after many years, with a sword in his hand.
Born in Lugo on May 10, 1977, he has been active in the martial arts world for over 20 years, mainly dedicated to the study of Wu-Shu (modern Kung Fu), where he was awarded several medals in the Galician championship. He currently holds 2nd Dan degree.
He started his career in HEMA in 2007, sporadically training at Gallaecia in Armis (then called SCEA) in Santiago de Compostela, and then in the AOUREA in Ourense. Having returned to Lugo for work, he founded the Asociación Lucense de Esgrima Antiga (ALEA) with Alberto Fernández and Alejandro Novo in 2010, where he teaches longsword.
He fences with the rapier according to Verdadeira Destreza, and with the longsword following Fiore dei Liberi’s teachings. He is currently a 2nd-degree longsword instructor certified by the spanish federation FEEH.
He has been invited to teach at various meetings of AGEA and FEEH from the year 2012 onwards.
He has taught a seminar at the XIV HEMA Gathering of Dijon (France).
After having practiced shotokai karate during his childhood and adolescence, he began practicing sports fencing in 1995, beginning in 2003 his path within historical fencing.
His interest in the rapier sword led him to discover the school of True Dexterity through the Spanish and Portuguese treatises of the Golden Age, a discipline in which he decided to specialize, although without abandoning the work of the long sword, referring to the Italian authors of the 15th century, and of the sprat through the French authors of the 18th.
He has been a founding member of the AGEA (Asociación Galega de Esgrima Antiga), an honorary member of the FEEH (Spanish Federation of Historical Fencing), a member of the editorial board and vice president of AGEA editora (one of the longest-running and regular publishing houses dedicated to the historical fencing and specialized in Iberian fencing) and member of HEMAC (one of the first European associations of researchers and practitioners of European historical martial arts). He also founded, together with Alberto Bomprezzi and Denís Fernández Cabrera, the ESPADA – Ibero-American Community of European Historical Martial Arts for the international promotion of HEMA in Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries. In 2015 he is recognized as Mestre de Armas by HEMA Portugal and in 2018 as the first non-Italian Master of Historical Fencing by the Italian Fencing Federation.
He is currently the technical director and Master of Arms of Academia da Espada, a school focused on the study of True Dexterity with the weapons of the moment of greatest splendor of the discipline, such as the rapier sword, alone or combined with dagger, buckler, rodela or cape and antler weapons in addition to the work in the interpretation of the rules of the stud of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and the study and interpretation of the other fencing currents of the moment in the peninsula, especially the, so far, unique treatise not belonging to the preserved True Skill, the “Art of Fencing” by Domingo Luiz Godinho.
As a teacher, in addition to his usual work as an instructor in A Coruña, Galicia, and the rest of the rooms integrated in Academia da Espada, he has given seminars in France, Austria, Italy, Holland, Ireland, Greece, USA, Mexico, Australia, China , Turkey, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Denmark, Portugal and Spain.
«Denís Fernández Cabrera» used to train Judo and Aikido before learning about Historical European Martial Arts. He co-founded Gallaecia in Armis in 2008, and Arte do Combate in 2017. A Physics and Computer Science student, he ended up working as graphic designer. He blames his interest in HEMA on his father, who raised him with tales about King Arthur and chivalric romances.
He taught longsword instructor at Gallaecia in Armis until it was disbanded in 2017. Then he created Arte do Combate to continue studying and teaching Johannes Liechtenauer’s Kunst des Fechtens with a focus on the oldest sources. He has taught seminars at meetings of the galician federation AGEA and the portuguese federation FPEH.
Interested in the integration of Galiza with the rest of lusophone countries, he co-founded ESPADA – Comunidade Iberoamericana de Artes Marciais Históricas Europeias with Ton Puey and Alberto Bomprezzi, and is correspondent with HEMA practitioners from Portugal and Brasil.
He wants to promote in the international HEMA community the work of the AGEA Federation and the AGEA Editora, translating into english now books such as Manuscrito da Espada, now articles, now treatise fragments which he shares in social networks.
Há Uma Única Arte da Espada is his portuguese translation of GNM HS 3227a, one of the essential texts for the Liechtenauerean Kunst des Fechtens.
He keeps a blog (in portuguese) titled Nur eyne Kunst, where he writes about Kunst des Fechtens topics.
As member of the AGEA Editora editorial board he is responsible for the website, general graphic design and book layout.
Born in Cantabria. A professional surgeon and vocational fencer, he has spent over two decades researching the sources of Iberian fencing traditions in libraries and private collections across the world.
He founded AGEA Editora to publish these investigations, gathering a team of practitioners and researchers to help. He chairs the editorial board, overseeing with an iron fist in a velvet glove the good progress of the various projects.
He has edited multiple critical historical treatises of Verdadeira Destreza, both in spanish and in portuguese. He is also author of the exhaustive bibliography Nueva Bibliografía de la Antigua Esgrima, an unprecedented work since Leguina.
Manuel has spoken at conferences in multiple cities of Europe (Galicia, France, Spain, Scotland) and America for various organizations (AGEA, AEEA, FEEH, HEMAC, WMAW, among others). He is an active member of the international HEMA community, being a reference in the field of literature. A member of Gallaecia in Armis, he is also a fellow of the Historical European Martial Arts Coalition and is an honorary member of the Federación Española de Esgrima Histórica.
AGEA Editora mantains working partnerships with several persons who help with research, translations and other tasks. These are:
Formerly part of the AGEA Editora board: