Reinis Rinka

Reinis Rinka

Brief Summary

Reinis has trained in Kendo and Olympic Fencing, but once he found HEMA in 2010 he knew that it was the martial art for him. He is a competent tournament fighter having won medals in several events of national and international scale.

His main areas of study are the swordsmanship of the 18th and 19th centuries, sabre broadsword/backsword and smallsword. His secondary field of interest is 17th century single rapier from masters such as Girard Thibault and Nicoletto Giganti. Reinis also enjoys some of the more unorthodox longsword styles (such as Vadi and interpretations of Thibault), Victorian and Edwardian walking stick combat, WWII combatives.


Teaching Experience

Reinis has taught at several events across the UK:

- Kings of the North 2015
- FightCamp 2014-2015
- HEMAC Glasgow 2014
- AHA Loch Lomond 2012-2014
- AHA Vanguard 2012

He was also elected the president of the Glasgow University Historical Arts Society for the 2013-2014 term during which he taught Angelo's broadsword at the society.

Furthermore, he has achieved some appropriate qualifications:

- passed the examination for level 1 coaching award for foil from the British Academy of Fencing (2013)
- received membership of the AHA Corps of Instructors (2013)


HEMA Disciplines Studied

- 15th century Italian longsword
(main sources: Fiore and Vadi)

- 17th century rapier
(main sources: Giganti, Thibault)

- 18/19th century Scottish Broadsword
(main sources: Angelo, Roworth, Page, Mathewson)

- 18th century foil/smallsword
(main sources: Domenico Angelo and Lonergan)

- 18th century English backsword
(main sources: Lonergan, Godfrey, Wylde)

- 19th century English sabre
(main sources: Waite and Hutton)

Furthermore:
- Edwardian walking stick combat by H.G. Lang
- World War II combatives by Fairbairn and Sykes.


Martial Arts Tournaments & Competitive Experience

2015 - FightCamp 2nd place in Assault at Arms
2015 - FightCamp 3rd place in Rapier
2015 - FightCamp 2nd place in the Team Melee Tournament
2015 - Edgebana 1st place in Steel Sabre
2015 - Edgebana 1st place in Synthetic Broadsword/Sabre
2015 - Kings of the North 1st place in Rapier
2015 - Kings of the North 1st place in Sabre/backsword
2014 - FightCamp 1st place in Rapier
2014 - FightCamp 2nd place in Assault at Arms
2014 - FightCamp 3rd place in Eggleton Cup Tournament
2014 - FightCamp 3rd place in the Team Tournament
2014 - Edgebana 1st place in the Cerberus open tournament
2013 - Swordfish 2nd place in Rapier & Dagger
2013 - FightCamp 2nd place in Rapier
2013 - FightCamp 2nd place in Assault at Arms
2013 - Edgebana 1st place in the Kaiser steel longsword tournament
2013 - Edgebana 1st place in the Cerberus open tournament
2012 - FightCamp 2nd place in Rapier
2012 - Edgebana 1st place in Longsword.