Ken Dietiker is an internationally recognized instructor and interpreter of Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA). After having served 20 years in the US Army, Ken is a military veteran since retiring in 2003. He has 16 years of experience in HEMA, and previous to that has a combined 8 years of experience in Asian Martial Arts, (Kenpo, Hapkido, Tai Chi, Praying Mantis KungFu). Ken brings to bear his broad experience and knowledge of modern warfare, martial application, pattern recognition and comparative analysis, fundamentals of “true” bio-mechanics and down-to-earth approaches to a principled understanding of Medieval Self-Defense. Ken bases his praxis of HEMA using the fundamentals and principles of Fiore dei Liberi and the Liechtenauer Tradition (KdF). Ken has been invited regularly to teach his unique approach to 14th & 15th Century Medieval combat at several HEMA events and gatherings since 2011. He has also served for two years as an elected member of the General Council for the HEMA Alliance and is a Certified Instructor with the HEMA Alliance.
Ken created a HEMA study group in 2009, the Seven Swords Guild (organizing classes on Joint Base Lewis-McChord). As an understanding of the underlying fundamentals and principles began to emerge out of this study group, Ken opened his own school of HEMA in Lakewood, Washington, in May of 2014; the “Seven Swords Academy”, a school of Historical European Martial Arts and Swordsmanship. In August of 2016, Ken joined forces, over beer, with Karri Rahkonen (Instructor of Ko Hokuo Ryu Jujitsu), to bring a vision of a “College of Martial Arts” to reality with the founding of “Warrior Life Center” in South Tacoma, Washington, where the Seven Swords Academy continues to flourish as part of a cross-cultural integration of martial arts. This integrated approach to practical application of the Art and Science that is HEMA is one that will correct all of your misconceptions, reveal the reasons behind what you are trying to do, study and learn, improve every aspect of your own praxis, and allows him to spread his passion for the Art.