Honeybadger vs Cobra – EHMS Workshop

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  • Honeybadger vs Cobra - EHMS Workshop
     May 13, 2023
     10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Mikko Lehto of the Espoo Association for Historical Fencing (Helsinki, Finland) is one of the top fencers in the Nordic HEMA scene, and will show how using a contrasting approach to engagement can give the best fight against any opponent you are matched up against. Come benefit while he is over on this side of the Ocean!

Workshop will run from 10 am – 4pm, and will be followed by (optional) crashing of Ben’s house/farm for more sparring and after party until he tells people to go home.

Due to travel complications Miro Lahtela is unable to instruct this workshop. Mikko will be the sole instructor delivering the workshop material.

  • Cost: $65 (lunch included)
  • 10 am – 4 pm
  • Cincinnati, OH


Part I: The Way of the Cobra

The Cobra is fast, strong and has lightning reflexes. When attacking, the Cobra uses its speed and timing to take the “vor” and hit the opponent before they even realize it. Sacrificing contingency plans and “what if” scenarios the cobra leaves out all unnecessary thinking and movements and makes sure the attack hits. However, this leaves the Cobra vulnerable to a cunning Honeybadger who can see the attack coming and use it to their advantage.

This workshop focuses on how to improve your “closed circuit” method of attacking and feinting. How to find the optimal distance and timing to steal the “vor” and then how to eliminate unnecessary movements and tells to make sure that “vor” does not go to waste.

Part II: The Way of the Honeybadger

The Honeybadger is persistent, cunning and aggressive. When attacking, it uses its cunning to always plan one step forward to maintain “vor” and keep the opponent guessing what is happening until they are hit. Sacrificing maximum speed and commitment the Honeybadger makes sure there is always one more card up their sleeve just in case something happens. However, this leaves the Honeybadger vulnerable to a determined Cobra who can see the tiniest hesitation and use it to their advantage.

This workshop focuses on how to improve your “open eyes” method of attacking, feinting and defending. How to keep the momentum of the fight so that you can maintain “vor” and keep your opponent guessing what you are going to do next.

Part III: Honeybadger vs Cobra

The duels between the Honeybadger and the Cobra are one of nature’s most iconic duels, with both sides using their strengths to overcome the opponent. But which one wins? Which one do you want to be? The magnificent Cobra or the unstoppable Honeybadger? The answer is that they are two sides of the same coin. The optimal solution being that you are both and neither at the same time. Attacking without hesitation and unnecessary thinking but always being aware of the situation.

This workshop focuses on how to combine the “closed circuit” and “open eyes” attack methods to remove their weaknesses. Which one to use at different times and distances and how to change the method according to your opponent.


7731 Wilmington Rd, Oregonia, Ohio, 45054, United States


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