Instructors

This year we will have 9 instructors teaching at the meeting! While some of the lesson titles and details have not been confirmed yet, below you can find more informations about the instructors and some of the classes they will be teaching. More information will be added to this page as we have it!

Andrea Lupo Sinclair

Andrea Lupo-Sinclair is the founder and technical director of FISAS (Federazione Italiana Scherma Antica e Storica), the first independent federation for the study and practice of Historical and Traditional Fencing, and of the Traditional Fencing Academy “Manuela Lecchi”. Formerly a Boxing practitioner, in 1985 he discovered Duelling Fencing as it was traditionally practiced for training.

He has since dedicated himself to the research of the old martial disciplines of Europe.A true pioneer of the European Martial Arts revival, he has conducted an extensive research of reliable teachers, old duellists, traditional systems and documents for the knowledge and teaching of the Art since its roots. He has inspired and contributed to the creation of several organisations and experimental research groups, and continues to do so as an independent professional. His teaching method is firmly based on his education, training, extensive research and proven experiments, free from academic stiffness and conformism and deeply inspired by the spirit of the free Masters of the past, to create a personal system and style and to make the practitioner to develop and improve his personal and unique potentials.

Coming into infighting

Advanced Rapier & dagger

Andrei Xuereb

Andrei Xuereb is the person responsible for the introduction of Historical Fencing as a martial art in the Maltese islands, having founded the Mithras Swordfight Club in 2005 and the Malta Historical Fencing Association in 2009. From a sport fencing background, Andrei totally devoted 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, founder and technical director of the Federazione Italiana Scherma Antica e Storica (FISAS).

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. Andrei earned the title of Master of Arms after passing public examinations under the FISAS system. He is the first non-Italian student to be qualified in the FISAS system and also the only instructor in Malta to be qualified in Historical Fencing.

Strategy and techniques in the free assault with the rotella and how to apply the basics.

Sword & Rotella (Shield)

George Zacharopoulos

George Zacharopoulos is studying and training in Historical European Martial Arts since 2004. He is currently teaching HEMA at S.C. Academy of Hoplomachia , Marxbrüder Guild Hellas and Coriolanos HEMA Team. Provost of the HISTORICAL FENCING AFFILIATES and founder of the Athens Bartitsu Club 1900. Previous experience includes Ninjutsu, Combined Chinese and Filipino Boxing (by Angelos Fasois), Sport Fencing, Sport Archery. Also certified Knife Instructor of the Reality Based Personal Protection system by Jim Wagner. He has taught workshops in HEMA events across Europe and USA. Co-author (with Chrysovalantis Tampakakis) of the first book for HEMA in Greek, entitled “The Knightly art of the Sword” by Batsioulas Publications in 2011. His new book (with the valuable aid of Ilias Stypas), a translation from Greek into English of Philipp Müller’s “Theoretical and Applied introduction to Swordmanship” (ΘΕΩΡΗΤΙΚΗ ΚΑΙ ΠΡΑΚΤΙΚΗ ΕΙΣΗΓΗΣΙΣ ΤΗΣ ΣΠΑΘΑΣΚΙΑΣ) 1847 military sabre treatise is out now by Fallen Rook Publishing. Member of HEMAC and THE HEMA ALLIANCE. General Secretary of the Hellenic Federation of Historical European Martial Arts

German Longsword: The Johannes Liechtenauer tradition: Five Strikes & Five Words

In this workshop we will present and train in two major concepts of the Liechtenauerian tradition: the 5 strikes: Zornhau, Krumphau, Zwerchhau, Schilhau, Scheitelhau (Wrath, Crooked, Transversal, Squinting, Vertex) and the 5 Words: Vor, Nach, Schwach, Stark,Indes (Before, After, Weak, Strong, “During”). Both of them –amongst other things-are very important to his system. The Strikes, because a lot of techniques, attacks and counters derives from them. The Words, because they are essential for the success of every technique, attack or counter. Transitioning from strike to strike and word from word we will also learn the Fühlen (feeling) one of the most important aspects of the German Longsword tradition.

Equipment: longsword, fencing mask, light gloves.

Gray Morris

Gray Morris began his jaunt into the wide world of Martial Arts back in 2002 studying a system of Elizabethan swordsmanship (Saviolo) with the 1595 club. Over the years the club tested the system by applying it to a range of weapons as well as expanding it into surrounding and supporting martial systems such as Pugilism (bare knuckle boxing) and Savate (French foot boxing). Over the years he has taught and tested many of these weapon forms all over the U.K, Europe, Scandinavia, Asia and South America.

Staying 'in the pocket' Using the dagger to perch, pressure and control your opponents blade.

Sidesword and dagger.

Greig Watson

Greig began studying historical fencing in 2002 at the Dawn Duellists' Society in Edinburgh, Scotland. He learned the basics of fencing in a number of historical weapon forms (longsword, sabre, sword & buckler, rapier) under instructors such as Gareth Hunt and Maestro Paul Macdonald, before beginning to research treatises directly. He became a DDS club instructor in 2006, specialising in Italian styles of fencing. He gained an Instructor's Certificate from the British Federation for Historical Swordplay in 2013.

In 2014 he left DDS to form his own school, Edinburgh Renaissance Fencing Academy, focusing on 16th century Italian swordsmanship. ERFA's style is mostly based on Giacomo di Grassi's writings. The primary weapon is an early form of rapier, though the system is versatile and also includes the use of various off-hand weapons as well as polearms like the partisan, and the two-handed sword, all of which are part of the syllabus. Apart from running ERFA, Greig is also a Free Scholar of Black Boar Swordsmanship School, also based in Edinburgh.

Sidesword: Body mechanics in Di Grassi's early rapier.

Giacomo di Grassi's fencing system of 1570 lies between the earlier Italian sidesword systems and the later classical rapier style. This workshop will examine how the footwork and body mechanics of di Grassi allow a thrust-oriented fencing style with the heavy swords of the late 16th century. As di Grassi himself says “all fencing comes from the feet”, so the class will primarily focus on how good footwork helps good body posture, which allows easy fencing with a heavy blade.

Iacopo Iacoponi

Iacopo Iacoponi, born in Florence in 1982, after some sport and martial activities, in 2000 met A.L. Sinclair and started knowing about Historical Fencing. Fascinated with the western sword for a long time, FISAS was a natural following to that passion. Almost from the start of his journey he's the Responsable for the Florentine FISAS section, the Confraternita della Spada, and in the following years he expanded his knowledge in the FISAS method, becoming Instructor in 2012 for Sidesword and Two-handed sword, after about 10 years of practice and two of Instructors Academy. Today his studies continue in the FISAS Academy and in Florence with the Confraternita, where he's actually teaching.

Keeping the cover in free sparring with the longsword.

The class has its focus in studying some basic movements of the longsword, applied with the goal of maximising the defensive actions, with special attention on footwork and measure.

This movements will be studied in their basic mechanics and then applied in a free sparring context.

Manouchehr Mostagh Khorasani

Dr. Khorasani founder of the Razmafzar group, is a martial art expert with many years of experience in traditional and historical weapons, unarmed combat (striking range, mid range and grappling range and ground fighting). He is also an academic with a number of books and papers published about Persian history, warfare and weapons.

Currently, Dr. Khorasani is working on reviving Persian swordsmanship and the traditional martial arts of Iran. At the same time, he has been working on the application of swordsmanship training to modern day leadership seminars and training.

Effective unarmed strikes in distant, middle and close-distance ranges.

Unarmed combat.

Recommended equipment: Mouth guard and MMA/Boxing gloves

Mike Smith

Mike made the move from Australia to his native Scotland in 2004 and straight away started training under Mo Paul Macdonald at the Macdonald Academy of Arms, becoming an instructor in the Scottish Backsword and the school’s Chef de Salle

In 2007, Mike founded the Commando D Living History Group with Mo. Paul Macdonald. Commando D (named after the WW2 instructors, Commando Depot) was created to research and restore the original training methods of WW2 Close Quarter Combat, the weapons used as well as fitness. This has been achieved not only by reading the original manuals but by engaging with Commando veterans and serving Royal Marine Commandos.

Commando D has given demos to the Commando Veterans Association, 59 Army Commando and 45 Royal Marine Commandos as well as helping to teaching 45 Cdo in a combat conditioning course.

In 2016, Mike started his own school in traditional defence called The Cat’s Glove which uses the WW2 combatives to warm up as well as teaching the Scottish Backsword and Bayonet fencing as the core weapons.

Get Tough – WW2 Close Quarters

After the evacuation at Dunkirk in 1940, the British Armed Forces called for a small raiding force to wreak havoc in occupied Europe, and thus gave birth to the Commandos and the Special Forces. As part of their intense specialist training, recruits were trained by the best in hand to hand combat in the remote Scottish Highlands. Two of their instructors were William Fairbairn and Eric Sykes, two elderly gentlemen who had already proved their worth in the Shanghai Municipal Police.

In this class, we will be looking at the simple and effective style that had to be taught quickly, learnt quickly and had to be sure to work on the field as a last resort by turning your body and mind into an effective deadly weapon. Fairbairn and Sykes are also famous for their knife design, the FS Commando knife, still issued to this day and a symbol of Special Forces around the world. We will finish with some of the sentry removal tactics as taught for use with the FS knife.

Robert Wrightson

Robert started studying martial arts aged 17, covering a number of unarmed and armed styles including Karate, Tai Chi, Aikido, and Iado. In 2005, he started studying the Italian Rapier under Andrew Feest and Duncan Fatz at the Sussex Sword Academy, and achieved the title of Free Scholar in Italian Rapier in 2012.

He also studied the Highland Broadsword under Lyell Drummond. He started studying the French Smallsword in 2010, and has been taught smallsword for beginners and held in-house workshops with Duncan Fatz for the SSA since 2013. These classes encompass various treatises from Liancour (1686), Labbatt (1696), Girard (1740), Angelo (1763), MacArthur (1780) to La Marche (1874). At present, he is asenior instructor with The Pierced Heart club.

'Your first duel, and how to survive'

The teachings young men with limited experience would expect to get when going to a teacher after unexpectedly being challenged to a duel.

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