New German rapier treatise added: Joachim Koppen from 1619 (1625)

Joachim Koppen was a Phil. and Med. Doctor in Magdeburg who wrote this treatise after having been taught to fence at the University of Wittenberg by a certain Heinrich Beler(n) von Bautzen. It was first published in 1619, and then in 1625 and 1880. His treatise is also inspired by Italian fencing master Salvator Fabris.

Furthermore there are notes from 1630-35 about a Fähnrich and Capitain Joachim Köppen in Swedish service fighting against the Catholics. If this is the same person is at this stage still unclear.

Neuer Discurs der Rittermessigen Kuns des Fechtens

Roger Norling
Roger Norling is an instructor on Joachim Meÿer's Halben Stangen (Quarterstaff) with Gothenburg Historical Fencing School.

His main focus in his research is the "Kunst des Fechtens" and primarily the longsword, dussack and polearms. He has been focusing on the works of Joachim Meÿer since 2009. In this he has enjoyed collaborating with the Meyer Frei Fechter Guild and in May 2013 he became a Fechter of the MFFG. Recently, he has begun researching Meyer's dagger quite systematically using the same method he applied to his staff teachings.

Currently, he is writing on a series of books which will explore the teachings of Joachim Meyer, in collaboration with researcher friends in the HEMA community.

The upcoming two years he will be teaching Meÿer quarterstaff, dusack and longsword at various HEMA events in Europe and the USA. For more about this, read his instructor's profile.


  1. Are you sure about that date? The title page says 1625. Also, on the download page you list it a s belonging to the UAB and link to the Cod. I.6.2.4 for some reason, and also say that Wiktenauer was the source for the text which we were not (though I appreciate the shoutout).


    • Thanks for noticing this Michael! His book is said to have first been published in 1619, but as you noted this copy is clearly from 1625.

      The link to the UAB and the Cod. I.6.2.4 and the Wiktenauer was a simple but careless copy&paste error that slipped through as I was trying to get the treatise out quickly for a friend, just as I was preparing for a trip. My apologies for any inconvenience I may have caused. The original treatise is located in the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and the treatise data has been fixed now.

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