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STANDBY: We are still developing our final roster of instructors, particularly our international guests, so please check back for updates!

  1. Benjamin Conan
  2. Bill Grandy
  3. Bob Charrette
  4. Christian Tobler
  5. Craig Johnson
  6. Da'Mon Stith
  7. Dr. Daniel Jaquet
  8. Devon Boorman
  9. Gregory Mele
  10. Jake Norwood
  11. John O'Meara
  12. Dr. Manouchehr Moshtagh Khorasani
  13. Marco Quarta
  14. Michael Chidester
  15. Reinier Van Noort
  16. Rob Runacres
  17. Robert Rutherfoord
  18. Roberto Gotti
  19. Scott Farrell
  20. Sean Hayes
  21. Tim Rivera
  22. Ton Puey

Benjamin Conan

Arte Dimicator, Canada

Currently living in Antibes, on the southern coast of France, Benjamin teaches and trains with Medieval Combat, the largest HEMA group in the area. Not unlike the fencers of old, he has travelled and learned from many groups in different countries in the past years, among which the Burgundian De Taille et d'Estoc, in Dijon and the Québecois from Arte Dimicatoria in Montréal, and LAMHES in Sherbrooke. Researching and practicing in a variety of weapons and time periods, with a focus on 1400-1600 Italian martial arts, he endeavours to translate, vulgarize and share as much written source material as I can for French speaking folks.

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Bill Grandy

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Bob Charrette

Forteza Swordwork Guild, USA

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.

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Christian Tobler

Selohaar Fechtschule, USA

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).

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Craig Johnson

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Da'Mon Stith

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Dr.Daniel Jaquet

GAGSchola, Switzerland

Daniel Jaquet is a scholar (postdoc researcher, medieval history), specializing in HEMA studies. His martial areas of research include: armoured combat on foot; unarmoured wrestling; and longsword from various late medieval and early 16th c. sources. He has taught and lectured at international HEMA gatherings since 2007.

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Devon Boorman

Academie Duello, Canada

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.

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Gregory Mele

Chicago Swordplay Guild, USA

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, 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.

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Jake Norwood

Kunst des Fechtens (KDF), USA

Jake Norwood has presented his aggressive, dynamic approach to Kunst des Fechtens, or the Art of Fighting, at workshops and conferences across Germany, Sweden Canada, and the United States. He is the head instructor at Capital Kunst des Fechtens and founder of Maryland Kunst des Fechtens, both in the Washington, D.C. area. Jake is a current board member and the former president of the HEMA Alliance, an educational not-for-profit organization established to provide independent HEMA clubs and schools worldwide with the resources of an international cooperative. He is the director of the Longpoint HEMA Tournament in Baltimore, featured in the New York Times.

Jake Norwood is also an internationally-known competitor and instructor in Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA), with over a 20 medals from national and international full-contact competitions in Longsword, Military Saber, Dussack, and target cutting since 2010. A multi-tour combat veteran of the 101st Airborne, Jake combines the training regimen and psychological toughness of the modern warrior to the reconstruction and physical application of Europe's traditional fighting arts.

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John O'Meara

Chicago Swordplay Guild, USA

John O'Meara is the Provost of Renaissance Swordsmanship for the Chicago Swordplay Guild. He trained in modern foil and epee in college in the '80s, and in stage combat in the '90s. In 1999 he joined the CSG, and since 2001 has been developing and teaching its Italian rapier curriculum, based primarily on Salvator Fabris' "Scienza d'Arme".

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Dr.Manouchehr Moshtagh Khorasani

Razmafzar, Germany

Dr. Khorasani has written five books, co-authored four books and published 139 print articles on Persian arms and armor in different journals across the world (more than 100 in peer-review and military history journals). His books has been reviewed many times in leading journals. He has won two major book awards in Iranian Studies: The Book Prize oof Iranian Studies of Iran in 2009 for the book "Arms and Armor from Iran: The Bronze Age to the End of the Qajar Period" and The Book Prize of Iranian Studies of Iran in 2012 for the book "Lexicon of Arms and Armor from Iran: A Study of Symbols and Terminology". His last book "Persian Archery and Swordsmanship: Historical Martial Arts of Iran" deals with the historical martial arts and weapon arts of Iran. Dr. Khorasani has been an active wrestler since childhood, and hold three blackbelts in fullcontact karate (blackbelt 2nd dan), Kungfu Toa (black sash 4th dan; empty handed and with weapons) and Nam Wah Pai Kungfu (blackbelt 2nd dan, empty handed and with weapons). He has competed in many fullcontact and wrestling fights.

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Marco Quarta

Nova Scrimia, IT, UK, USA, Mexico

Marco Quarta is a biomedical scientist at the School of Medicine of Stanford University, CA, USA. His research is focused on skeletal muscle physiology, biomechanics and on bioengineering of stem cells for regenerative medicine. He also teaches and promotes Italian Martial Arts (IMAs) at Stanford and in the San Francisco Bay Area. Overall, his attention, as for Nova Scrimia philosophy, is into proposing original IMAs tradition actualized in modern combat and self defense methods.

Marco grew up in Bologna, Italy. His journey in the martial art world at a young age started with judo and jujitsu (where he earned a 3rd dan black belt) to eventually cross mixed martial arts (currently practicing BJJ). His interest in Italian martial traditions started in the early Nineties with formal training in modern fencing, boxing and wrestling. He eventually joined Graziano Galvani and his ITAs research group (Circolo della Tavola), that later will grow into the organization known as Nova Scrimia. As a co-founder, he served as senior instructor of the Nova Scrimia brotherhood from 1999 until present time. He is also maestro of historic fencing at Scrimia Scuola d’Armi. Since late Nineties, he has been teaching and promoting IMAs with publications, lectures, festivals, tournaments and seminars at Italian and International Universities and fencing/martial arts symposia (such as University of Bologna, Stanford in California, Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium, or at the Bone Breakers MMA Academy in Mexico City). In 2008 he moved to California, and he founded Nova Scrimia International (, teaching and promoting IMAs in Canada, USA and Mexico. Since 2000 he opened Salles d'Armes in Bologna (IT), Padova (IT), San Francisco Bay Area (USA) and Mexico City (MX). He is also one of the founders of "Hic Sunt Leones", a fighting club inspired by traditional assaults and combat rituals.

He has a particular scientific and research interests on history and on biomechanics and neurophysiology of duels and self defense in WMAs. He also practices, researches and promotes Italian regional/folk IMAs in unarmed, knife and stick martial arts of living traditional schools and methods. In Italy he is currently producing and directing documentary series on traditional IMAs for the international community, closely working with the Masters, their families and their closed circles, who inherited these centuries-old living legacies.

Marco has a personal interest in the body-mind-spirit elements embedded in the core of western martial arts and fencing traditions, including the symbolic and philosophical aspects.

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Michael Chidester

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Reinier Van Noort

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Rob Runacres

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Robert Rutherfoord

Chicago Swordplay Guild, USA

Robert has been swinging swordlike objects around for the past 18 years, first, with various medieval reconstruction groups, then in 2006 started a HEMA study group looking at George Silver. In 2009 he joined the CSG (Chicago Swordplay Guild) picking up the Italian rapier, to see what ol' George was so concerned about. Not looking back since, Robert has explored the many evolutions and innovations of the Italian art in the 16th and 17th centuries as well as its adaptation in the German arts by Joachim Meyer.

Robert has teamed up with Roger Norling in bringing the various forms of Meyer's work to the HEMA mainstream, at events like WMAW, the MFFG Symposium and in 2016 at the Hallebardiers' Seminar in Bruges, Belgium.

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Roberto Gotti

Guardia di Croce , Italy

Roberto began studying fencing 22 years ago, specializing in two handed Italian Renaissance sword. He attends many HEMA events in Europe and Italy as instructor. He is a member of the Federazione Italiana Scherma Work Group on historical fencing, and a founding member of Associazione Italiana Maestri d'Arme (AIMA).

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Scott Farrell

Scott Farrell has a passion for both the skills of the knightly fighting arts and the ideals of the chivalric code as a guide for ethical living in the modern world. He teaches combative skills with the German longsword, both in and out of armor, at the Team Touché Fencing Center and Lionheart Fencing Academy in San Diego, California. Scott and his students have presented demonstrations of medieval fighting arts at the J. Paul Getty Museum, The House of Pacific Relations Multicultural Studies Center, the Tournament of the Phoenix International Jousting Match, the San Diego Shakespeare Society, various University of California campuses, and many other educational organizations and events.

Through his Chivalry Today educational outreach program, Scott and his team of more than 30 historical interpreters bring demonstrations of a variety of arts and skills (from falconry and dancing to blacksmithing and sword-fighting) to thousands of middle- and high-school students each year with their traveling campus "Festival of Chivalry" program.

On his Chivalry Today Podcast, Scott has interviewed some of the world's leading experts in the fields of arms and armor, historical martial arts, military history, Arthurian literature, and pop culture. Scott's writing on the ideals of chivalry has appeared in numerous books, magazines, and on-line media, including the New York Times and the volumes Martial Arts And Philosophy and Batman, Superman And Philosophy (in Open Court Books' Pop Culture And Philosophy series).

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Sean Hayes

Northwest Fencing Academy, USA

Sean Hayes is a fencing master trained in classical Italian fencing pedagogy under Dr. William M. Gaugler at the San Jose State University Fencing Masters Program, graduating in 1999. He has studied Western Martial Arts since the early 1990's, and is also a researcher, teacher and practitioner of Fiore dei Liberi's L'arte dell'Armizare, including a focus on the armored aspects of medieval martial arts, actively using his training under Maestro Gaugler to assist his research in the Historical European Martial Arts. Through Maestro Gaugler, he has a primary master-student lineage back to Tommaso Bosco e Fucile, an 18th century master, and a secondary lineage back to Giovanni Battista Marcelli, a 17th century master.

Hayes is a full-time teacher and practitioner of Historical European Martial Arts, teaching six centuries of European martial arts privately through his own school, Northwest Fencing Academy, in Eugene, Oregon. He also teaches classical fencing and martial arts at Lane Community College. Hayes has presented academic papers on L'Arte dell'Armizare at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, the University of Chicago, the Renaissance Society of America Conference in Venice, Britain's Royal Armouries, and the American Association of Italian Studies. He is the author of "The Importance of Skill Progressions in Studying Western Martial Arts," an article featured in the book In the Service of Mars; Stable, Striking And Mutable: Fighting From The Guards Of L'arte Dell'armizare; and Memory And Performance: Visual And Rhetorical Strategies Of Il Fior Di Battaglia.

During the last 15 years he has taught and fought multiple times at the Western Martial Arts Workshop in Racine Wisconsin, the Symposium on the Western Arts of Swordsmanship through History (SWASH) at Britain's Royal Armouries in Leeds, the Vancouver Swordplay Symposium International in British Columbia, the International Swordfighting and Martial Arts Convention in Michigan, Borealis Swordplay Symposium in Quebec, Lysts on the Lake, Longpoint 2014 in Maryland, and sat as a member of the Examination Board for all levels of fencing instructors at the San Jose State University Fencing Masters Program.

In 2009 he co-founded (with David Farrell) the Armoured Deeds of Arms, a tournament featured at the Western Martial Arts Workshop in Racine Wisconsin, and in 2010 he co-founded (with David Farrell, Scott Wilson, Jesse Kulla, Bob Charrette, Leopoldo Lastre and Alex Spreier) the Companions of the Seven Swords, an armored company that now hosts the Armoured Deeds of Arms in a variety of venues. He is a founding member of the Chivalric Fighting Arts Association and the International Armizare Society.

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Tim Rivera

Spanish Swordsmanship Society, USA

Tim has been researching, studying, and translating texts on Spanish swordplay since 2008, concentrating on the older and common styles from the 15th - 17th century. He is also the founder of the Spanish Swordsmanship Society. In addition, he has practiced and researched various styles of Filipino martial arts since 1995.

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Ton Puey

Asociação galega de esgrima antiga (AGEA) , Spain

Ton Puey grew up studing karate shotokan for 8 years during his adolescence and childhood before getting involved in sports fencing in 1995. He moved to historical fencing in 2002 starting his research into Verdadera destreza, a discipline he has been teaching ever since in different workshops in Spain, Portugal, France, Austria, Netherlands, Italy. He is a founding member of AGEA (Asociação galega de esgrima antiga), HEMAC member (Historical european martial arts coalition) and FEEH honorary member (Federación española esgrima histórica) and member of the editorial board of AGEA editora . Currently he is the manager and chief instructor at Academia da Espada and Coruña AGEA salles.

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