President & Maestro d’Armi
Andrei Xuereb is the person responsible for the introduction of Historical Fencing as a European Martial art in the Maltese islands.
Born in 1975, started his journey in fencing in 1997 where he joined a sport fencing club, and specialized in French foil and epee under sport fencing coach Juan Formosa. Andrei later studied Italian epee under sport fencing master Daniel Sammut and was being prepared to give exams to become a sport fencing master.
In 2005 together with two other fencers, Andrei founded the Mithras Sword Fight Club which started as a classical fencing school teaching mainly Italian Epee and then later transformed itself into the first historical fencing club in Malta, practicing rapier, smallsword and longsword. Andrei stopped his journey towards becoming a sport fencing master in order to totally devote himself to the research and practice of Historical Fencing and European Martial Arts.
Since 2006 he is a student of the methods taught by his teacher Andrea Lupo Sinclair who is the founder and technical director of the Federazione Italiana Scherma Antica e Storica (FISAS). In 2009 Andrei felt the need that a national body had to be formed in order to represent those who took Historical Fencing as a serious discipline and to establish Historical Fencing on a national level. Together with three senior members of Mithras Sword Fight club, the first committee of the Malta Historical Fencing Association was established and in November 2011 the association was officially launched to the public.
In order to give the best instruction possible to students within the Malta Historical Fencing Association, Andrei has attended and regularly still attends academies and international meetings on Historical Fencing organized by FISAS and other groups in Europe. He earned the title of Maestro D’Armi in the FISAS system (Longsword, Rapier, Sidesword and Dueling Sabre) after passing public examinations in each weapon. He is the first non-Italian student to be qualified in the FISAS system and also the only instructor in Malta to be fully qualified to teach Historical Fencing.
Andrei Xuereb comes from an artistic background. For many years studied design and fine art and is also involved in the production design behind TV and film projects. In the past he practiced yoga and meditation and is interested in the different philosophies and the psychology behind human behavior.
Like many others in the historical fencing community, in the past he was involved in period re-enactments and mock battles. He has also practiced and instructed stage fighting for theatre and TV. In 2008 he was also one of the founders of a re-enactment group called Show of Arms which was a side project of Mithras Sword Fight Club. It was later taken over by the person in charge of its management and it is now a totally detached and independent group involved mainly in re-enactments and shows in period costumes as a money making venture.
Andrei is often consulted or asked to give demonstrations of the proper use of certain swords by different entities. One example worth mentioning was when in January 2009 he was asked to give a demonstration of the early rapier (side-sword) used in Malta during the Great Siege in 1565 on ‘Warriors’, a TV documentary aired internationally on History Channel.
Amongst other lectures and public demonstartion, more recently Andrei led a public lecture organized by the Malta Historical Society where he gave a lecture and fighting demonstrations about use of edged weapons through the ages.