Axel Pettersson began training Historical European Martial Arts in 2002 when he joined the local ARMA group in his hometown of Falun at the age of 17, led by Hans Jörnlind and Nils-Erik Fahlvik. Axel’s main focus is on the early sources of the German longsword tradition, especially Sigmund Ringeck. He also studies extensively wrestling as well as longsword, dussack and the rapier system of Joachim Meyer. In addition, he develops modern training and coaching methods. His competitive career began in 2008 and to date he has won more than 35 gold medals as well as several silver and bronze medals in various weapon categories at international tournaments, making him one of the most successful historical fencers of our time.