Mishaël Lopes Cardozo


Mishaël Lopes Cardozo (1972) picked up his first longsword in 1992. He is founder and president of the AMEK. The company focuses on HEMA, Event and FILM and was officially founded in 2002. Cardozo Swordsport, part of AMEK has currently five locations in the Netherlands with a total of 150 students. In 2008 Mishaël started to teach internationally. He has taught all over the world and continues to do so. His focus is on 15th century German fighting tradition, secondary, Italian dagger and wrestling.

His other specialism are ‘flow drills’ with one- and two handed weapons. On July 12th 2008 Mishaël was officially knighted in Holland for his contribution to the reconstruction of the historical European martial heritage in the lowlands. In 2010 he initiated and co-founded the HEFFAC a lowlands HEMA  Alliance, consisting of clubs from Holland and Belgium, which led to the first official HEMA union. In 2014 Mishaël was elevated to the Hall of Fame for Martial Arts. Mishaël makes his living as swordsman. He is a fierce tournament fighter, won numerous medals and trained some of the best fighters today. Besides being a HEMAist, he is a musician, painter of fine arts and actor and does motion capture for computer games. He played in among others Richard the Lionheart (Lionsgate), the mega series Game of Thrones and has now scored a formidable role in the series Vikings season VI. He has no wife or kids and still out-parties most teenagers. He resides in Haarlem Netherlands.

Visit Mishaël’s IMDB page.


Watch Mishaël’s interview with RTL Late Night.


Mishael Lopes Cardozo Demo Reel from Lopes Cardozo on Vimeo.

Game of Thrones Season 5, Episode 3 “The High Sparrow”

“Elysium”– Official video for the song “Elysium” by Dutch band Elizium

1st Episode of the reality series A Modern Knight

Richard the Lionheart USA Motion Picture on Vimeo.

The Academy of Medieval European Combat (Academie voor Middeleeuwse Europese Krijgskunsten) AKA AMEK.

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