André Hajjar Sesé
André had always a passion for martial arts. Why am I talking in third person?… I did judo as a kid, and later on Kung-Fu Korean style until green belt. However my life did not come really interesting until I entered in a Historical Fencing club called “Associació Esgrima Antiga de Santpedor” in 2008, linked to the “Associación Española de Esgrima Antigua”, the biggest Historical Fencing Association of the world at that time. There, I learned the Verdadera Destreza Rapier Sword style from Aleix Basullas, a great sage master specialized in the treatise of Lorenz de Rada, probably the most detailed work about Verdadera Destreza. His attention to such detail and obsession in the Art made my passion grow into the community. As well, I had in there a great Master called Sendo Espinalt, he is a free-styler and taught me the will of the warrior that cannot be learnt in any book, he pushed that passion that already was born. In a few years I already started teaching the newcomers. In 2015 I co-founded the club Associació Esgrima Antiga Catalunya Central AEACC with Aleix and Sendo´s blessing and my fencing career started having his highlights. I participated in many International tournaments: Swordfish, Halsbschwert, Villeneuve… which put me in the #1 position of HEMA Ratings in my country in Rapier for some time. However I do not consider tournaments to be a good system for measuring someone’s knowledge in fencing, very far from it. Alongside of my competitions records I started giving workshops in International events. I traveled and shared my knowledge in places like China, USA, Mexico, Canada… In 2016 I moved to Canada where I switched along different clubs as student and instructor. I am currently teaching Verdadera Destreza at La Compagnie Médiévale, a club in which I collaborated with to create the Montreal Sword Meisters, a very ambitious project of tournaments and Workshops in order to bring the most awesome fighters of the world in a single event.
Finally, I “created” the concept of Destreza Nova. It is actually nothing new, but something based in the vision of the old Master Manuel de Brea in his treatise of 1805, in which he added other techniques from different disciplines to the Verdadera Destreza system of fencing.
My goal is to teach and do divulgation of Destreza in a friendly and beautiful manner, away from dogmatic speeches and competitions to who has the longest sword. I am not a celebrity nor I want to be so. My posts get little likes but I have many views and downloads, and that is what it counts for me: helping people regardless if they pay back their appreciation or not.
If you find me and want to cross steel I will surely be glad to pick up the glove.