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
  2. Joerg Bellinghausen
  3. Charles Blair
  4. Devon Boorman
  5. Bob Charrette
  6. Puck Curtis
  7. Christian Eckert
  8. Jessica Finley
  9. Bill Grandy
  10. Sean Hayes
  11. Steve Hick
  12. Mark Hillyard
  13. Keith Jennings
  14. Craig Johnson
  15. Mark Lancaster
  16. Tom Leoni
  17. Rob Lovett
  18. Greg Mele
  19. Ken Mondschein
  20. Les Moore
  21. Eric Myers
  22. Jake Norwood
  23. John O'Meara
  24. Treyson Ptak
  25. Tim Rivera
  26. Roger Siggs
  27. Jason Smith
  28. Doug Strong
  29. John Sullins
  30. Christian Henry Tobler
  31. Adam Velez
  32. Paul Wagner
  33. Roland Warzecha
  34. Theresa Wendland
  35. Guy Windsor
  36. Tony Wolf

Keith Alderson

Oakeshott Institut

Keith is a scholar currently working with 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.) Mr. Alderson's interest in medieval and modern German and related languages spans over 25 years. He is a Fulbright Scholar as well as the recipient of a DAAD grant, and has studied Germanic Languages in Heidelberg, Stuttgart, and the University of Chicago, among other institutions. In addition to his lifelong interest in 'things medieval' and his study of German swordsmanship and modern knife-fighting, he is also a dan-rank holder in Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido, which he has studied for almost three decades. Mr. Alderson has given many talks and presented papers in a variety of venues, such as the University of Chicago Medieval Studies Workshop, as well as over a decade of presenting at various sessions at the International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo. Mr. Alderson currently resides in Minneapolis where he can study the Oakeshott collection and give talks as part of the Institutes' efforts at teaching the public about the history of medieval sword production and use.

Joerg 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.

Charles Blair

Chicago Swordplay Guild

Charles Blair works with information technology in an academic library. He has studied a number of Asian martial arts and combat sports, and more recently the abrazare and dagger of Fiore dei Liberi, and the single rapier and rapier and dagger of Salvator Fabris. His current interests include the Spanish and Italian fencing traditions of the later 17th and early 18th centuries.

Devon Boorman

Academie Duello

Devon Boorman has been playing with swords since he was a small child. After a youth in Asian martial arts, his formal education in swordplay began with the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), an organization devoted to the study and recreation of medieval and renaissance arts. Devon also has the distinction of being a member of the Order of the White Scarf, the highest distinction awarded by the SCA for Renaissance swordplay.

A highly accomplished martial artist who emphasizes performance and pressure testing in his teaching, Devon has won more than 30 European martial arts competitions, and worked on both stage and screen as a stunt person and choreographer. Devon recently trained actors on the television series Smallville and served as a historical combat consultant for the Discovery Channel.

Devon is also the founder and president of the Academie Duello in Vancouver, a full-time Western martial arts school that offers programs in medieval and Renaissance swordsmanship, mounted combat, modern self-defense and theatrical combat. With 200+ students, a museum, pro-shop and full-time staff, the Academie is currently the largest WMA school in the world; a model that Devon hopes to help others achieve as the Western arts grow in popularity.

Bob Charrette

Forteza Historical Swordwork Guild

Bob was fascinated by knights and related things as a child. In high school, back in the late 60s, he heard about the SCA and encountered it a few years later in college. It was a revelation to him that the received wisdom in the SCA in those days was that there was no source of information on "how they really did it." Nevertheless he got good enough at that game to receive a knighthood (the martial achievement award).

Sometime in the 80s, he got his first introduction to Fiore via Steve Hick, who had a photocopy of Novati's PD reproduction with rough translations pasted over the text. Interpretation didn't get very far at that time. About the same time he became involved with the start up of a living history group interpreting English forces in the Hundred Years War, a group that became La Belle Compagnie, which allowed him to indulge his interest in material culture and archeological re-creation.

During the 90s, as more WMA material was appearing and interpretations improving, he started paying more attention to the sources and began incorporating Fiore and I.33 material into La Belle's presentations, adding martial practice to the group's shows. He has been focusing pretty much exclusively on Fiore for the last 8 years, and recently formed Forteza Historical Swordwork Guild to attempt to regularize my studies.

An author and illustrator, Bob has co-authored 1381: The Peel Affinity (with La Belle Compagnie), a photographically illustrated look at a year in the life of a knight's household in rural England, and Armizare: The Chivalric Martial Art System of il Fior di Battaglia.

Puck Curtis

Sacramento Sword School

Puck Curtis began studying historical fencing in 1992 and researching Spanish swordplay in 1994. He is the cofounder of the Destreza Translation and Research Project and maintains the Theory and Practice section for the website. He has been a member of the SCA's Order of the White Scarf since 2001. Currently living in Sacramento, California, he has been the primary historical fencing instructor for the Davis Fencing Academy and currently teaches Destreza as a martial art for the Sacramento Sword School with a special focus on the work of Pacheco and Ettenhard. He tested and received his certification as a Master at Arms before a traditional board of fencing masters with the San Jose Fencing Master's program in 2008 which is a branch of the Italian school of fencing. His current project is uniting the rigorous training and pedagogy of the classical Italian school with the theory and practice of the canonical Pachequista form of Destreza to preserve the tradition and share it with today's western martial arts community.

Christian Eckert

Born in 1968 in the Roman city of Mogontiacum (now known as Mainz, Germany) Christian Eckert studied Aikido and Daito Ryu Aiki Jiu Jitsu for 30 years and holds black belts in both arts. He also has trained in Dog Brothers Martial arts extensively and holds a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He started studying Historical European Martial Arts in 2003, focussing at first on the long sword and the Messer in the tradition of Johannes Liechtenauer, taking a very physical, hands-on approach to the material presented in the period sources.

Being also strongly interested in Celtic and Roman era reenactment, history and archaeology, he naturally expanded his focus towards ancient fighting methods, specializing in the reconstruction of Roman gladiatorial combat.

This lead to him being in charge for the physical training of 20 University students participating in the 'Gladiator Experiment' conducted by the University of Regensburg in 2010.

When not researching and promoting the fighting methods of the Gladiators, Christian runs his his own Martial Arts Academy in Hochheim am Main where he teaches historical fencing, grappling and boxing and works as a fitness and nutrition coach.

Jessica Finley

Selohaar Fechtschule

Jessica Finley has been a student of the sword for over twelve years. Her interest began in stage combat, but quickly branched out to German Medieval Swordsmanship. She had been a student of Christian Tobler's since 2002, and currently is the principal instructor of Great Plains Fechtschule, a chapter of Selohaar Fechtschule, within which she hold a rank of Free Scholar. She also has experience in Judo, and achieved the rank of Nikyu under the tutledge Arden Cowherd of Topeka Judo Club.

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 myArmoury.com team, and regularly writes articles for the site. His primary focuses are medieval longsword in the German Liechtenauer tradition and renaissance Italian rapier fencing.

Sean Hayes

Northwest Academy of Arms

Sean 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, aka the Santa of the Sword, has forgotten more than he knows. He 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 been researching European fighting arts since 1978 and currently is investigating Iberian and late Renaissance swordplay.

Mark Hillyard

Mark Hillyard was born in England, currently residing in Lancashire and has a Masters Degree in Computing. He discovered Eastern Martial arts in the 1980s and Western Martial Arts in the 1990s.He won the Open English Backsword competition at the Grasmere Games held in Cumbria. Currently he is the secretary of the British Federation for Historical Swordplay, a founding member and Chancellor of the Academie Glorianna and a founding member of the Historical European Martial Arts Confederation. Mark also chairs a biannual colloquium on Historical European Martial Cultural.

Keith Jennings

Chicago Swordplay Guild

Keith Jennings' interest in the martial arts began at an early age when he was enrolled in a local park district Karate class. In his teens, his study of the martial arts took on a much more serious role under the tutelage of a very traditional, and extremely strict Korean instructor. Currently, he holds black belt/instructor rankings in Taekwondo and Gumdo. Keith is also a founding member and instructor for the Chicago Swordplay Guild. While living in Denver, CO, Keith founded a branch of the CSG, the Rocky Mountain Swordplay Guild. Though he has since moved back to Chicago, the CSG and RSG still keep close ties. In addition to his training in the Korean and Western arts, Keith has extensive training in Filipino stick and knife arts, and is an instructor under Mike Janich in his Martial Blade Concepts system, and is a licensed personal trainer.

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.

Mark Lancaster

The Exiles

Mark was born in 1966 and brought up in the north of England. As his working life has been strictly IT based, his social life has tended to be a contrast to anything electronic. His main martial practice was Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling with a bit of dabbling in other arts. He always had a long love of history and used to study Edward I in great depth, possibly because he died in Mark's home county.

In 1997, he discovered Terry Brown's book, English Martial Arts, and from there The Exiles and has studied under Rob Lovett ever since. Since then it has been a case of continual learning. The majority of his study is purely around Fiore on both the martial and the academic. He is the group representative for the British Federation of Historical Swordsmanship and holds his instructor qualification and insurance through them. Mark has taught and presented in several countries and throughout the UK; co-authored the Primoris Fiore book; worked on translations and both martial and historical analysis - some of which has gone to print or formal presentation.

Tom Leoni

Order of the Seven Hearts

Tom was born in Switzerland and raised in Northern Italy, where he received a thorough humanistic education including the study of Latin, ancient Greek, history, philosophy and philology. He has formally refined his historical research skills through his early-music studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, in Basel, Switzerland, where he learned to decipher ancient texts to reconstruct active arts such as music performance.

Tom has also received a Bachelor's degree in Music Theory and Composition (cum laude) and a Master's in Business Administration from Texas Christian University.

Tom's involvement in the Western martial arts movement started in the early '90s. He is best known for his work on the Italian rapier and Baroque sword (a term he coined), the Bolognese school of the 1500's, as well as his research in polearms and spadone (greatsword). Tom has authored several books and articles, including the first published, English translation of Salvator Fabris' Scienza d'Arme (as The Art of Dueling, 2005), Nicoletto Giganti's Scola, overo Teatro (as Venetian Rapier, 2010), Antonio Manciolino's Opera Nova (The Complete Renaissance Swordsman, 2010) the first English translation of Fiore dei Liberi's Fior di Battaglia and two articles in the anthology SPADA II. He is also a regular contributor to the magazine Western Martial Arts Illustrated, on whose editorial board he also serves, as well as other international Western martial arts publications.

As a swordsmanship teacher, Tom has appeared as the featured instructor at prominent international historical fencing events in the USA, Canada, Europe and Australia.

Tom also serves as an early-music docent at, and is a board member of, the historic Carlyle House in Alexandria, Virginia, where he resides.

Rob Lovett

The Exiles

Rob is a long-time martial artist and reenactor; and while he would like to be best known to the Western martial arts community as the founder and head instructor of the Exiles, in reality his greatest claim to fame is his uncanny resemblance to Shrek. Rob deeply apologizes to any who are disappointed in his failure to be green.

Greg Mele

Chicago Swordplay Guild

Greg has had an abiding love for all things medieval since early childhood. His current interests and research focus on the Italian martial traditions from the 14th to mid-16th centuries, and he has presented several papers on this topic at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan and at the University of Chicago and Loyola University.

Within the Western martial arts community, Greg is best known for co-founding the Chicago Swordplay Guild in 1999 in order to create a formal venue for the study of historical European swordsmanship and its adjunct arts. In October of that year he also organized and hosted the first Western Martial Arts Workshop for the purpose of promoting these arts amongst practitioners throughout North America. Now approaching its tenth anniversary, the workshop draws participants from three continents.

He has been an invited instructor at the Western Martial Arts Workshop, the Schola St. George Swordplay Symposium in the San Francisco Bay area, the Symposium on the Western Arts of Swordsmanship through History at the Royal Armouries, Leeds, UK, the Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium, and a number of private seminars in the USA and Canada.

Greg is the author, co-author and contributor of several texts, including: Arte Gladiatoria Dimicandi: the 15th Century Swordsmanship of Master Filippo Vadi (co-authored with Luca Porzio); SPADA: An Anthology of Swordsmanship; In the Service of Mars: Proceedings from the Western Martial Arts Workshops 1999 – 2009; and the 2010 edition of the World Martial Arts Encyclopedia. He is a regular contributor to Western Martial Arts Illustrated, on whose editorial board he serves, and is the co-founder and president of Freelance Academy Press (www.freelanceacademypress.com), a publisher dedicated to Western martial arts, history and chivalric culture. He is also the author of the forthcoming The Art of Arms: Medieval Italian Swordsmanship, the first in an instructional series on the martial arts of Fiore dei Liberi.

Dr. Ken Mondschein

Dr. Ken Mondschein received his Ph.D. in medieval history from Fordham University, is certified as a Prévôt d'Escrime (the second-highest teaching certification), and holds a second-degree black belt in traditional Japanese karate. He is a Research Fellow at the Higgins Armory Museum and was a Fulbright grantee to France in 2007-2008, a visiting fellow at Harvard in 2009-10, and at UMass Amherst from 2010-12. Ken is the translator of Camillo Agrippa's seminal 1553 rapier treatise (Italica Press, 2009), Alfieri's 1653 work on the two-handed sword (SKA Swordplay Books, forthcoming), and Fiore dei Liberi's medieval martial arts (Getty Publications, forthcoming), among other works. In all, Ken has almost two decades of martial arts experience, with fourteen years of experience in traditional Western swordsmanship and stick fighting. He teaches at the Higgins and Pioneer Valley Fencing Academy. Ken is also an avid equestrian.

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

Sacramento Sword School

Eric Myers is a Master at Arms in classical Italian fencing, certified by the San Jose State University Fencing Masters Program in 2008. He teaches classical and historical fencing at the Sacramento Sword School, and at the Sonoma State University Fencing Masters Certificate Program. He is a co-founder of the Sacramento Sword School, and also sits on the board of the Tattershall School of Defense.

Maestro Myers began fencing in 1984, and researching Historical European Martial Arts in 1997. Since 2005 his historical research has focused on the the martial arts of Spain and Portugal, and in 2010 he co-authored (with Steve Hick) a monograph and translation of the 17th century "Memorial of the Practice of the Montante" by Diogo Gomes de Figueyredo. He has taught from this work at several large, international WMA events.

Jake Norwood

Maryland Kunst des Fechtens

Jake Norwood trains, fights, or thinks about training and fighting when he's not doing something more important. Jake was the winner of the world's first Franco-Belgian steel longsword tournament and has been a finalist or semi-finalist in multiple longsword and dussack competitions since 2010, unofficially ranking among the top HEMA tournament fighters in the US. As an instructor, Jake has presented his aggressive approach to Kunst des Fechtens across the US, Germany, Canada, and Iraq. His reputation as a fighter and teacher led to an invitation to serve as a tournament judge and referee at the 2010 Arts of Mars Worldwide Open Championship in Applern, Germany.

Jake is the president of the HEMA Alliance, an educational not-for-profit organization established to provide the resources of an international cooperative to independent HEMA clubs and schools worldwide. Previously, Jake was the Deputy Director of the Association for Renaissance Martial Arts. A combat veteran the US Army's 101st Airborne Division (Rakkasans!), Jake now lives in Maryland with his wife, daughter, and a nine-pound dog. He tries not to think about the dog.

John O'Meara

Chicago Swordplay Guild

John O'Meara is the chief rapier instructor for the Chicago Swordplay Guild. He studied foil and epee at McGill University; as an actor trained in stage combat with the New York Fight Ensemble; and had no idea anyone was doing this cool stuff until he joined the CSG in 1999 and began studying rapier and longsword. Since 2001 he has been developing and teaching its rapier curriculum, based primarily on Salvator Fabris' "Scienza d'Arme".

Treyson Ptak

Chicago Swordplay Guild

Trey has been studying martial arts for the past 25 years, and has been a member of the Chicago Swordplay Guild for the past 2 years. A life-long love of Errol Flynn swashbuckling, Arthur's tales, and various escapades of derring-do served to foster a love of the art, and he has been relishing the immersion into the practical aspects and techniques that gave inspiration to those fanciful tales. With a life that has rolled through time in the military (YAT YAS), theater, and reckless endangerment that quite literally baffles all expectations of early expiration by testosterone poisoning, he is looking forward to bringing his passion, knowledge, and personal derring-do to this year's WMAW.

Tim Rivera

Tim has been practicing and researching Filipino martial arts since 1995. He is currently researching the older and common style of Spanish swordsmanship from the 15th - 17th century.

Roger Siggs

Roger has an extensive background and rank in a variety of Japanese martial arts, including aikido, judo and karate, but began his Western martial arts training through the study of the rapier and sabre in the early 90s. He served as one of the founding members of the Tattershall School of Defence, curriculum director for the Rocky Mountain Swordplay Guild, and was on the editorial board of Western Martial Arts Illustrated magazine. Before moving to the Denver, Colorado area in late 2006, Roger was the founder and faculty advisor of the Historical European Martial Arts club for Glendale Community College, as well as the instructor for several martial arts classes during his tenure there.

Although Roger's current WMA interests focus on close-quarter combat, dagger/counter dagger and swordsmanship of the Italian tradition, he really considers his thirty or so years of martial arts training and professional, IT background as merely the groundwork for his real career aspiration: Batman. Although his family was not tragically murdered before him, nor has he yet to either inherit a fortune in the billions, he sees this as merely a set-back. While he does not drive the Batmobile, he does have a rather nice SUV, and a loving wife and three sons. (His sons don't know about the Batman thing.)

Jason Smith

Les Maitres des Armes

Jason has studied and practised historical swordplay in various styles since 2001, beginning with theatrical swordplay and moving into a mix of various traditions from a variety of manuscripts available at the time. His first exposure to HEMA (historical European Martial Arts) was in the form of the Codex Wallerstein, followed closely by Talhoffer's fechtbuch that was available at the time. A study of the German systems from Johannes Liechtenauer followed, using available source material as well as published works. At this time, Jason and Bernard Emmerich formed a study group that was to become Les Maîtres D'armes school of armizare.

Jason's focus shifted exclusively to the works of Fiore dei Liberi to better progress in the Art by concentrating on one Master and his body of work, and he continues to share his understanding of the Art with his students and the community at large.

Jason works as the curriculum director for the school, as well as the being its principal instructor. His current interests are grappling, dagger, longsword and arming sword, with a passing interest in the spear – all of the dei Liberi tradition. Furthermore, Jason is currently teaching, researching and translating the 15th century Burgundian manuscript Jeu de la Hache in an effort to return to the community that which it gave him.

Doug Strong

Dr. John Sullins

John is a Military Master at Arms, certified by the San José State University Fencing Master's (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 Henry 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 book Secrets of German Medieval Swordsmanship: Sigmund Ringeck's Commentaries on Johannes Liechtenauer's Verse, and Fighting with the German Longsword (2004), a training guide for students of the Liechtenauer tradition. In 2006 he authored 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. In 2010 he published In Saint George's Name: An Anthology of Medieval German Fighting Arts, and his most recent work is Captain of the Guild, a translation and color facsimile of Peter Falkner's Fechtbuch. He has also produced two training DVDs as part of the "German Martial Arts" series, one on the poleaxe and the other on the messer, sword and sword and buckler.

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 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).

Adam Velez

Company of Saint Jude

For the past decade, Adam has been working exclusively in the educational publishing field, responsible for creating a wide variety of textbooks, workbooks, readers, and other learning materials, specifically for the study of Greek and Latin at the middle school, high school, and college levels. Adam now brings his nearly 25 years of design experience, and his knowledge of the educational challenges in publishing, to Freelance Academy Press.

Adam is also a devote of Renaissance and Medieval history, and has been involved with historical fencing and reenactment since 1989. In 2000, his martial studies were significantly spurred with his introduction to the greater Western martial arts community. Adam's continuing martial studies focus primarily on the English and Italian treatises from the Renaissance period and later, ranging through a variety of their disciplines including the backsword, Bolognese sword, early pugilism, and especially his first love—the rapier. Adam is also a founding member of the Company of Saint Jude, a private fencing school and guild dedicated to the greater understanding, development, and promotion of the historical western martial arts, especially within the reenactment community. He has also presented classes at the Western Martial Arts Workshop and through Gallowglass Academy.

Adam still maintains his original love of music as well, performing and recording as a singer and multi-instrumentalist, especially along with his wife, Chris Vail, as the folk/traditional music duo "Tourdion."

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, 2003, Highland 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

Hammaborg

Roland Warzecha (*1966) has been engaged in HEMA since 2003. His prime subject of research is fighting with sword and buckler according to MS I.33 and the teachings of later German masters like Lignitzer, Talhoffer and Kal. Furthermore, he is working on reconstructing single combat with center-gripped round shields.

Roland currently holds the office of chairman at Hamburg-based HEMA school Hammaborg. He was invited to become a member of HEMAC in 2007 and of CFAA in 2011. He has taught classes in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and the US.

He was winner of the Swordfish buckler tournament in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2009 and of the 2010 Tower of Hercules buckler competition at La Coruña, Spain. His first DVD on medieval buckler combat for Agilitas.Tv, produced in close co-operation with his fellow instructor Toke Wenzel, will be released this summer.

Theresa Wendland

Theresa Wendland is a horsewoman and a scholar of the Chicago Swordplay Guild who made her WMA teaching debut at WMAW 2009. Theresa has been riding horses for over twenty years and has been teaching dressage for six years. Most of her riding career has been spent focusing on classical dressage. She also has experience in jumping and eventing. Since joining the CSG, Theresa has been working to combine her knowledge of horsemanship, of the biomechanics of riding, and of equine behavior with the practice of western martial arts in an effort to understand and to reconstruct mounted combat. Theresa has been extensively researching historical horsemanship and mounted combat from the 4th c. BC to the 18th c. AD with a focus on the Italian and German medieval fighting manuscripts of the 14th and 15th centuries. Theresa has collaborated with Julia Thut of Hammaborg on the interpretation and reconstruction of medieval mounted combat. She has recently moved to Colorado where she is working with members of the Rocky Mountain Swordplay Guild to put together a cohesive mounted combat curriculum.

Guy Windsor

School of European Swordsmanship

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

Tony Wolf began training in Tae Kwon Do in 1978, receiving the black belt rank in 1983 and then studying a wide range of martial arts and combat sports including capoeira, Filipino stick and knife fighting, kickboxing, freestyle wrestling and various historical European martial arts. Throughout the late '80s and early '90s he worked as a self-defence instructor, specialising in full-contact, scenario-based women's self-defence courses as well as non-violent self-defence for children and teenagers.

Between 1988 – 1994 Tony developed his original Wolf System of combat movement exercises, which has been taught to martial artists, stunt performers and stage combat specialists throughout the world. He has worked as a martial arts instructor, stuntman, professional wrestler and fight director/stunt co-ordinator as well as a freelance author and lecturer.

Tony's fight direction and action design have been featured in over two hundred feature film, television, theatre, opera and ballet productions. Between 1998-2000 he served as the Cultural Fighting Styles Designer for Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy. He regularly teaches a range of master-classes and seminars for martial arts associations, universities, stunt teams, acting academies and conferences throughout New Zealand, Australia, the USA, Canada and Europe. Tony's intensive courses in Bartitsu and other disciplines have been featured at major Western martial arts conferences including WMAW, ISMAC, the Paddy Crean Sword and Pen Workshops and the Scuola Brancaleoni at Brancaleoni Castle in Piobbico, Italy.

Tony is a member of Western Martial Arts Illustrated magazine's editorial board and a founding member of The Bartitsu Society. He edits the EJMAS: Journal of Manly Arts, a scholarly online journal focusing on the martial arts and combat sports of the Victorian and Edwardian eras and also serves on the advisory board of the Hegeler Carus Foundation.

He has been heavily involved in the research and revival of Bartitsu since 2002 and is a co-producer and co-director of the feature documentary, Bartitsu: the Lost Martial Art of Sherlock Holmes. In early 2010 he taught Bartitsu courses throughout the Pacific Northwestern region of North America, including classes in San Francisco, Eugene, Portland, Seattle and Vancouver.

Tony's historical martial arts publications include volumes 1 and 2 of "The Bartitsu Compendium", "A Terrific Combat!!!: Theatrical Duels, Brawls and Battles, 1800-1920", "Edith Garrud: the Suffragette who knew jujutsu", "The Sword Prince: The Romantic Life of Colonel Thomas Hoyer Monstery, American Champion-at-Arms", "Defensive Gymnastics: How to Protect Life and Property", "The Cane as a Weapon", "Master of Men: The Life's Work of William Muldoon, Champion and Trainer of Champions" and "Ancient Swordplay: The Revival of Elizabethan Fencing in Victorian London".

He can be contacted via info@tonywolfsystem.com.