Photos of some instructors instructing

Instructor List

We are still developing our final roster of instructors, particularly our international guests, so please check back for updates! In the meantime, the following instructors are confirmed attendees at this year's workshop:

  1. Keith Alderson*, Lecturer, Independent Researcher, Oakeshott Institute
  2. Jörg Bellinghausen, Ochs-Historische Kampfkünste
  3. Bob Charron, St. Martin's Academy
  4. Kristi Charron, St. Martin's Academy
  5. Puck Curtis, Sacramento Sword School/Tattershall School of Defence
  6. Stefan Dieke
  7. Dr. Bill Ernoehazy, Tattershall School of Defense
  8. Bill Grandy, Virginia Academy of Fencing
  9. Jessica Finley*, Great Plains Fechtschule
  10. Ilkka Hartikainen, The School of European Swordsmanship
  11. Sean Hayes, Northwest Academy of Arms
  12. Steve Hick, Bumpers
  13. Craig Johnson, Lecturer, Oakeshott Institute
  14. Pete Kautz, Alliance Martial Arts
  15. Tom Leoni, Order of the Seven Hearts
  16. Rob Lovett, The Exiles, Company of Medieval Martial Artists (UK)
  17. Gregory Mele, Chicago Swordplay Guild
  18. Dr. Les Moore
  19. Eric Myers, Sacramento Sword School/Tattershall School of Defence
  20. John O’Meara, Chicago Swordplay Guild
  21. Steve Reich, Order of the Seven Hearts
  22. Dr. Douglas Strong*, Armour Research Society
  23. Roger Siggs, Rocky Mountain Swordplay Guild
  24. Dr. John Sullins*
  25. Christian Tobler, Selohaar Fechtschule
  26. Paul Wagner
  27. Roland Warzecha*, Hammaborg
  28. Theresa Wendland*, Lecturer, Chicago Swordplay Guild
  29. Guy Windsor, School of European Swordsmanship
  30. Tony Wolf*

*New Instructor for WMAW!

Keith Alderson

Lecturer, Independent Researcher, Oakeshott Institute

Jörg Bellinghausen

Ochs-Historische Kampfkünste

Born in 1970, Jörg has had an interest in history and martial arts his entire life. Having been trained in saber fencing by a former German National team coach and having studied Karate under one of the instructors of the German GSG9, he turned to historical western martial arts since 1991, with emphasis on the German fencing masters from the 14th to the 16th century. His favorite weapons are the longsword and the dagger. He was certified as an instructor for Historical Swordsmanship by the Bavarian Fencing Federation in early 2007.

Jörg has taught seminars in Germany and abroad and has been networking with many researcher-practitioners around the globe for a number of years. He was a founding member of "Die Freifechter" and since 2002 he is a member of "Ochs-Historische Kampfkünste", where he runs the training group near Bonn, Germany’s former capital.

Bob Charron

St. Martin's Academy

Kristi Charron

St. Martin's Academy

Puck Curtis

Sacramento Sword School/Tattershall School of Defence

Puck Curtis began studying historical fencing in 1992 and began researching Spanish fencing in 1994. He is the cofounder of the Destreza Translation and Research Project and maintains the Theory and Practice section for the website. Currently living in Davis, California, he is the primary historical fencing instructor for the Davis Fencing Academy. Puck is certified to teach classical Italian fencing as a Master at Arms through the San Jose Fencing Master's program. He is also a member of the SCA's Order of the White Scarf, and is a member of the Tattershall School of Defense.

Stefan Dieke

Dr. Bill Ernoehazy

Tattershall School of Defence

Dr. William Ernoehazy Jr., MD, FACEP, is an emergency medicine specialist in northeast Florida. He has been an expert witness in several criminal trials dealing with emergency medicine, trauma, and strangulation. "Dr. Bill" is also an avid martial artist, who has studied classical saber and aikido; he currently practices and studies the Fechtkunst, and is a member of the Tattershall School of Defense. An avid science fiction fan, De Doc often attends Worldcons, DragonCon, and the occasional relaxicon. He is also a Naval veteran, a pistol expert, and a past NASA/University Of Florida Physician Affiliate for Shuttle launch operations. Following Steven Brust's example, he hopes to get some sleep Real Soon Now.

Bill Grandy

Virginia Academy of Fencing

Bill Grandy is the program director and head instructor of the Historical Swordsmanship program at the Virginia Academy of Fencing. He is also a member of the team, and regularly writes articles for the site. His primary focuses are medieval longsword in the German Liechtenauer tradition and renaissance Italian rapier fencing.

Jessica Finley

Great Plains Fechtschule

Ilkka Hartikainen

The School of European Swordsmanship

Sean Hayes

Northwest Academy of Arms

Maestro Sean Hayes was born in 1962 and raised in the Midwest region of the United States. He initially studied classical French fencing under Maitre d'armes Adam Adrian Crown in Ithaca, New York; and also pursued studies of rapier and dagger under Maitre Crown. In 1995 he began his studies of classical Italian fencing at California's San Jose State University Fencing Master's Program, under the direction of Dr. William M. Gaugler.

Maestro Gaugler, a graduate of the Accademia Nazionale di Scherma in Naples, employs the system of instruction developed by Masaniello Parise, first director of the celebrated 19th century Military Masters School in Rome (Scuola Magistrale di Scherma), with certain elements drawn from the methods of the earlier Military Fencing Masters schools in Parma (directed by Cesar Enrichetti), Milan (directed by Giuseppe Radailli), and from the later Livornese school (as exemplified by Eugenio Pini and Beppe Nadi).

Maestro Hayes apprenticed under Maestro Gaugler from 1995 to 1999, and was trained to think critically about the details of fencing theory and the application of fencing theory in actual practice, to work with students closely and carefully, and to observe the most minute aspects of their performance in the lesson and when fencing. He earned his Fencing Master's diploma in May of 1999 after passing a rigorous three-year series of written, oral and practical examinations, including the preparation of an academic thesis in the final year.

Maestro Hayes' examination for Master At Arms was advertised and open to the public, and conducted by an international board of 6 fencing masters representing the United States, France, and Italy. The examination included oral and practical components: intense questioning on the smallest aspects of classical Italian fencing theory; the candidate required to teach group lessons, individual lessons, take individual lessons; and finally to teach any actions or combination of several actions in any weapons desired by the board to a fellow candidate.

Maestro Hayes teaches a strictly classical curriculum of Italian foil, épée and sabre at Northwest Academy of Arms in Eugene, Oregon, and through the University of Oregon and Lane Community College. He also researches and teaches Italian Rapier of the early and late 17th century and 18th century; the medieval martial arts system of Fiore dei Liberi; and German Sword & Buckler from Royal Armouries Manuscript I.33 (ca 1295 AD, the oldest known fencing manuscript).

Steve Hick


Steve Hick is a computer and communications engineer (beltway bandit)

Working for a large government contractor in North Virginia. He holds a BS in Physics and Mathematics from New York University (1971) and a MS in Computer Science from City University of New York (1978). He began his martial studies in judo and fencing while in college, then moved to iaido and kendo and continues his study in Japanese koryu.

Steve has recently been researching European fighting arts since 1978 and currently is investigating Iberian and late renaissance swordplay.

Craig Johnson

Oakeshott Institute

Craig Johnson is Secretary of the Oakeshott Institute, a nonprofit education and research center with the purpose of furthering the study of ancient arms and armor and increasing access to this information by the public. This includes editing the Journal of the Oakeshott Institute. He is also currently the Production Manager for Arms & Armor Inc. of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and has been with the company since 1986, producing high quality reproductions of weapons and armor for customers the world over. Craig also holds the office of Mr. Johnson is on the Advisory Council for the Swordplay Symposium International (SSI).

In these capacities he has delivered hundreds of lectures and presentations on the subjects relating to the middle ages. Mr. Johnson has practiced and taught the historical use of European weapons and armor in many capacities since 1985. This has included work with historical martial arts, stage combat, choreography, and professional jousting. He has worked as a consultant to many productions, both educational and commercial. The combination of hands on study of originals, accurate construction of reproductions and knowledge of there use in the historical context allows insight that is often missed by the academic treatises on medieval and renaissance matters of arms.

Pete Kautz

Alliance Martial Arts

Pete Kautz began his study of the knife and martial arts in 1977, after finding John Styer's book Cold Steel in the public library. Today, he is one of a small international cadre of researchers and teachers of the Western martial traditions of Europe and America and is highly versed in the skills, lore, and culture surrounding the weapons as well as their direct combative applications. He has been teaching professionally since 1989 and has worked with literally thousands of people in his career, ranging from private lessons to groups of over one hundred people. This experience as an educator allows him to make learning a serious topic like personal defense an easy, efficient, and enjoyable process for students.

Pete is the Director of Alliance Martial Arts and co-host of Modern Knives DV, produced in association with James A. Keating (Comtech). On the Web he maintains the highly popular AllianceMartialArts.Com and ModernKnives.Com which are content sites full of articles, techniques, links, DVDs, training gear, free weekly training tips and more. He currently instructs a select group of students at his private school and teaches highly acclaimed two and three-day seminars on various aspects of the martial arts for groups worldwide.

Tom Leoni

Order of the Seven Hearts

Rob Lovett

The Exiles, Company of Medieval Martial Artists (UK)

Gregory Mele

Chicago Swordplay Guild

Curriculum Director for the Chicago Swordplay Guild and WMAW’s co-founder, Gregory Mele has been an ardent student of European swordsmanship for 17 years through a variety of venues, including reenactment, sport fencing, and historical fencing. His Asian martial arts background primarily includes Yang Tai Chi, aikido as well as some jujutsu and battodo. He first became aware of the surviving corpus of Renaissance fencing texts with his discovery of the 1899 edition of the Collected Works of George Silver, by Cyril Matthey in 1992, and never looked back (although he cringes to remember some of his earliest interpretations.).

In 1999 he co-founded the Chicago Swordplay Guild to create a formal sala d'armi to study historical European swordsmanship and its adjunct arts. In October of that year he also organized and hosted the first Western Martial Arts Workshop as an attempt to promote these arts amongst practitioners throughout North America. Mr. Mele is the founder and Director of Swordplay Symposium International, an interdisciplinary colloquium of historical fencing instructors, arms and armour scholars, and researchers dedicated to promoting and advancing the study of Western swordsmanship and its adjunct disciplines, and with Luca Porzio is the co-author of Arte Gladiatoria Dimicandi: The 15th Century Swordsmanship of Master Filippo Vadi (Chivalry Bookshelf, 2003), contributor to SPADA: An Anthology of Swordsmanship (Chivalry Bookshelf, (2003) and has presented several papers at at the Kalamazoo Medieval Conference. His current interests and research centers around Italian martial traditions from the 14th to mid-16th centuries, particularly the dei Liberi tradition the earlier Bolognese tradition.

A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with degrees in journalism and history, Gregory D. Mele lives in suburban Chicago.

Dr. Les Moore

Dr. Les Moore is an avid student and teacher of military combatives and combative sports. Dr. Moore particularly studies Western Martial Arts, with a focus on American Martial Art and Physical Culture. He was a former Army Infantry officer and is a senior advisor in close quarters combatives and defensive measures for a federal law enforcement agency. Dr. Moore is a naturopathic physician and acupuncturist and serves as the Director of Integrative Medicine at Clifton Springs Hospital, where he teaches American Physical Culture in an institution that used it as therapy beginning in 1850.

Eric Myers

Tattershall School of Defense, Davis Fencing Academy, Sacramento Fencing Club

Eric Myers has been involved in fencing and martial arts since 1984, and is a certified Master at Arms in classical Italian fencing. He currently teaches classical and historical fencing at two northern California fencing clubs, and the local Tattershall practice. This year he and Steve Hick will co-present new material from their on-going work on Iberian two-handed sword texts, and he will also co-present the two-part class Teaching Historical Fighting Arts with Maestro Sean Hayes, Maestro Puck Curtis, and Instructor David Borland.

John O’Meara

Chicago Swordplay Guild

John O’Meara is the rapier instructor for the Chicago Swordplay Guild. He studied foil and epee at McGill University, and as an actor he trained in stage combat with the New York Fight Ensemble. He joined the CSG in 1999, studying rapier and longsword; since 2001 he has been developing its rapier curriculum, based primarily on Salvator Fabris' "Scienza d'Arme".

Steve Reich

Order of the Seven Hearts

Steve grew up in rural north-central Pennsylvania. His long and varied college career included time as a music performance major for the Classical Guitar before graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.

Steve's interest in swordsmanship started in college in the mid eighties as a casual practitioner of sport fencing and kendo. He also dabbled in eastern martial arts, including a few years of Shaolin Kuntao.

Steve is one of North America's premier researchers of the Bolognese school of swordsmanship from the 1500s, and he is undertaking an intense exploration of the systems of Manciolino, Marozzo, and Dall'Agocchie and The Anonymous Bolognese Manuscripts from Ravenna. In addition, Steve is experienced with the Italian Rapier of the early 1600s, is one of the leading exponents of the Baroque Rapier system described by Francesco Marcelli in his 1686 treatise, and practices the classical Italian dueling sword of the 1800s, most notably that of Masaniello Parise.

Steve lives in Arlington, Virginia, where he is an instructor in the Order of the Seven Hearts. In his professional career, Steve is an independent contractor specializing in Software Engineering and Systems Architecture.

Dr. Douglas Strong

Armour Research Society

Roger Siggs

Rocky Mountain Swordplay Guild

Roger Siggs is the curriculum director of the Rocky Mountain Swordplay Guild and a founding Recotr of the Tattershall School of Defence. Formerly the fencing/martial arts instructor for Glendale Community College, Mr. Siggs has been training in the martial arts for over 25 years, and has been awarded black belts or instructor status in several Eastern martial arts, most notably Tomiki Aikido and Kyokushinkai.

Mr. Siggs has focused the majority of his research and training to the Western Arts, focusing on the Close Combat dagger and grappling methods, and the Italian fighting arts, as well as the development of the 'Joining Cultures and Methods Way', combining Asian and Western martial arts into an integrated system of self-defense and combative theory. His formal training in the Arte of Defense and Western Martial arts began approximately 11 years ago, and had focused primarily on Italian 16th-17th century Rapier technique. He is a former member of the Society of American Fight Directors, and brings a broad base of teaching experience in the fields of combative application, research and historical interpretation in addition to his martial arts background.

Dr. John Sullins

Dr. John P. Sullins is a Military Master at Arms, certified by the San José State University Fencing Master's Program <> (1994). He teaches: foil, epee, sabre, and various historical arms. Dr. Sullins has trained in fencing pedagogy under many skilled fencing masters including: Maestro William Gaugler and Military Master at Arms Ralph Sahm (1986 to 1994); Maître Daniel Revenu (1988); Maestro Ferenc Marki (1988); Maestro Niccolo Perno (1988); Maestro Enzo Musumeci Gerco (1988); and Maestro Lucio Nugnes (1989). Dr. Sullins has taught at numerous fencing schools and programs since the mid 1980's and was a cofounder and manager of the Tri Cities Academy of the Sword <> in Binghamton New York 1998-2002. In addition to directing the SSU Fencing Masters Certificate Program, Dr. Sullins is an Associate Professor of Philosophy <> at Sonoma State University <>. Dr. Sullins has been primarily interested in the Italian broadsword of the Victorian era and has worked for over ten years at rediscovering and reconstructing this style of fencing.

Christian Tobler

Selohaar Fechtschule

Christian Henry Tobler has been a longtime student of swordsmanship, especially as it applies to the pursuit of the chivalric ideals. A passionate advocate of the medieval Liechtenauer School, his work in translating and interpreting Sigmund Ringeck's commentary firmly established him as an important contributor to the growing community of Western martial artists. This work is encapsulated in the 2001 Chivalry Bookshelf title Secrets of German Medieval Swordsmanship: Sigmund Ringeck's Commentaries on Johannes Liechtenauer's Verse, and Fighting with the German Longsword (Chivalry Bookshelf, 2004), a training guide for students of the Liechtenauer tradition. His most recent work is In the Service of the Duke, a full-color 1:1 scale reproduction, translation and analysis of the magnificent manuscript of Paulus Kal, a 15th c master at arms to the Duke of Bavaria. Mr. Tobler was born in 1963 in Paterson, New Jersey. A graduate of the University of Bridgeport's computer engineering program, Mr. Tobler has worked as a software developer, web designer, product manager, and marketing specialist in the analytical instrumentation and publishing fields. He is the Grand Master of the Order of Selohaar, an eclectic, mystic order of chivalry that he co-founded in 1979. A veteran of 20 years of tournament fighting, he is also an avid collector of reproduction arms and armour. He has been focused on the study of medieval fechtbücher (fight books) since the late 1990's. He has taught classes at the annual Schola St. George Swordplay Symposium, in the San Francisco Bay area, and at two of the annual Western Martial Arts Workshops, appeared as a guest on Cablevision News Channel 12's daily "The Exchange", and has traveled the United States teaching weekend long seminars. He has also lectured at the 38th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan. In 2002 he was named to the Advisory Board of Swordplay Symposium International (SSI).

Paul Wagner

Stoccata School of Defence

Paul Wagner is a founding member of the Stoccata School of Defence in Sydney, Australia. Paul teaches courses in Highland Broadsword according to Thomas Page, Single Sword according to George Silver, Sword and Buckler according to I.33, Rapier according to Joseph Swetnam, English quarterstaff and English longsword. He has given seminars in Sweden, the UK, and USA, New Zealand, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Perth.

Paul is a prolific author, who’s publications include: Pictish Warrior AD 297-841, Osprey Publishing, 2002, Master of Defence: The Works of George Silver, Paladin Press, 2003 Medieval Sword and Shield (co-authored with Stephen Hand), Chivalry Bookshelf, 2003Highland Broadsword (with Mark Rector), Chivalry Bookshelf, 2004, as well as several articles on Gaelic swordsmanship and reconstructing early medieval sword and shield fencing in both vols. 1 and 2 of SPADA: An Anthology of Swordsmanship, Chivalry Bookshelf 2002 and 2005.

Roland Warzecha


Theresa Wendland

Lecturer, Chicago Swordplay Guild

Guy Windsor

The School of European Swordsmanship in Helsinki

Born in Cambridge, England in 1973, Guy has been interested in martial arts since childhood. He took up karate in 1985 and sport fencing at school in 1986, specializing in the foil for four years before adding the sabre. On entering Edinburgh University in 1992, he broadened his training with T'ai Chi Chuan, Okinawan Kobudo and Aikido. During his first year he met Paul Macdonald, who was also interested in "proper swordfighting". Research in the public libraries in Edinburgh unearthed a surprising hoard of old books, treatises on fencing such as McBane's The Expert Sword-Man's Companion (1728) which explained how to save your life in a real sword fight. They quickly decided to to get as much information as possible from these men who fought for their lives, as more likely to yield effective techniques than making stuff up for themselves. In 1994 they decided to form the Dawn Duellists Society, as a means to bring together more people to fence with, and found that while there were many interested people, almost none had relevant experience, and so they began to teach the things they had learned from the treatises. Not long after, they discovered that other groups all over the world had had similar ideas about learning fencing through historical research, round about the same time, and began co-operating with these groups.

After a year as an exchange student in Helsinki, Guy returned to finish his degree in Edinburgh, and graduated in 1996 with an MA (hons) in English Literature. After graduation he found work as a restorer of antique furniture, and later as a fine cabinet maker (with a specialty in carving and marquetry). At the same time, Guy taught swordsmanship at the DDS until, in September 2000, he decided to teach full-time. In March 2001, he opened The School of European Swordsmanship in Helsinki. Since then the school has spread to four other cities in Finland, and there are groups in Sweden and Singapore training under his direction.

Mr. Windsor has worked his way back through the history of fencing, specializing at first in the smallsword with a particular fondness for the work of Donald McBane. His rapier method is based on Capo Ferro's treatise of 1610, and may be found in his book The Duellist's Companion (2006). On opening the school, he decided that students would be best served by being given a solid grounding in close-quarter combat, and so chose Fiore dei Liberi's Fior Battaglia (1409) as the principal source for basic training. His longsword method derived from Fiore may be found in his book The Swordsman's Companion (2004). The sword and buckler method in I.33 (ca. 1300) was an early addition to the SESH curriculum, and it has been researched and refined since 2001. He also includes the smallsword method of Domenico Angelo, the Bolognese swordsmanship of Viggiani and Marozzo, and cavalry sabre drawn from late eighteenth century sources. The emphasis in all his training is on the martial effectiveness and historical accuracy of the techniques.

Guy is married and has a daughter, and divides what time is left between his own training, teaching at his salle in Helsinki, research, writing, and taking workshops across Finland and abroad. In his copious free time, he enjoys traditional bowmaking, archery, riding, shooting, woodwork and fine ale.

Tony Wolf