Photos of some instructors instructing


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

  1. Arthur von Eschen
  2. Bill Grandy
  3. Christian Cameron
  4. Da'Mon Stith
  5. Davis Vader
  6. Devon Boorman
  7. Dustin Reagan
  8. Eric Myers
  9. Francesco Loda
  10. George Livermore
  11. Gregory Mele
  12. Ian Brackley
  13. James Reilly
  14. Jay Maas
  15. Jessica Finley
  16. John O'Meara
  17. Marco Quarta
  18. Michael Chidester
  19. Puck Curtis
  20. Robert Rutherfoord
  21. Roberto Gotti
  22. Roberto Laura
  23. Roland Warzecha
  24. Sean Hayes
  25. Stephen Hand
  26. Ton Puey

Arthur von Eschen

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Bill Grandy

Virginia Academy of Fencing, USA

Bill Grandy is the Curriculum Director and Head Instructor of the Historical Swordsmanship program of the Virginia Academy of Fencing (VAF), where he has taught professionally since 2001. His primary focuses are the German Liechtenauer tradition (in all of it's weapon forms, from longsword to dagger) as well as Italian rapier. He is also one of the original team members of both and, websites dedicated to the widespread education of arms and armor.

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Christian Cameron

Hoplologia, Canada

Christian Cameron is a novelist and historical writer and an independent researcher. He has written twenty-three novels and half a dozen articles in various journals, and lectured at the Royal Military College and National Army Museum in London (Chelsea). He is a military veteran who served in the first Gulf War, Somalia, and central Africa in the 90s. He has studied swordsmanship, both modern Olympic epee and foil and historical swordsmanship since age eleven, and now lives in Toronto with his wife Sarah and their child Beatrice, who is just starting small sword and Italian Longsword. Oh, yeah–he's also Miles Cameron. :)

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Da'Mon Stith

Historical African Martial Arts Association, USA

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Davis Vader

Chicago Swordplay Guild, USA

Davis Vader started training martial arts with the Chicago Swordplay Guild in 2006 upon learning of the existence of historic fencing manuals and the people who study them. In 2017 he was among the second pair of students from the organization to attain the rank of Free Scholar of Armizare. Showing an early aptitude for the unarmored spear, he has branched out his studies to include armored fighting, various other polearms, and the use of shields. Having on occasion taught at both the CSG and the Milwaukee Academy of Swordplay he is thrilled to be working with yet another form of spear handling at this year's WMAW. When not doing martial arts, his next favorite form of exercise is running trail races. Despite his surname, his principal martial interests do not involve lightsabers.

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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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Dustin Reagan

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Eric Myers

Sacramento Sword School, USA

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.

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.

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Francesco Loda

Scherma Storica Roma, Italy

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George Livermore

1595 Club (Milan), UK / Italy

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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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Ian Brackley

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James Reilly

Wisconsin Historical Fencing Association, USA

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Jay Maas

Broadsword Academy, Canada

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Jessica Finley

Selohaar Fechtschule, USA

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.

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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, which he joined in 1999. Since 2001 he has been developing and teaching its Italian rapier curriculum, based primarily on Salvator Fabris' "Scienza d'Arme".

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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

Wiktenauer, USA

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Puck Curtis

Sacramento Sword School, USA

Puck Curtis began studying historical fencing in 1992 and researching Spanish swordplay in 1994. He is the co-founder 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.

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Robert Rutherfoord

Chicago Swordplay Guild, USA

Robert has been swinging swordlike objects around for the past 20+ years, first, with various medieval reconstruction groups, then in 2006 started a HEMA study group looking at the backsword/broadsword method of the Elizabethan Englishman George Silver. In 2009 he joined the CSG (Chicago Swordplay Guild) picking up the Italian rapier, to see what ol' George found so palatable. 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.

His interest in Meyer led him back to Italy and the Bolognese tradition of the 15th and 16th centuries, a robust fighting art focused on the "side sword" a one-handed, cut & thrust weapon not dissimilar to that taught by Silver, and yet the direct precursor to the Italian rapier! All of his interests having come full-circle in one discipline, Rob is particularly pleased to be able to offer students a chance to study this elegant fighting art.

Robert has teamed up with Roger Norling in bringing the various forms of Meyer's work to the HEMA mainstream, at events like the Western Martial Arts Workshop, the MFFG Symposium and in 2016 at the Hallebardiers' Seminar in Bruges, Belgium, and to have taught Bolognese fencing at a number of events in the US and abroad. He is also the author of the newly published work The Art & Practice of 16th-Century German Fencing, a comprehensive look at the use of rapier as taught by Joachim Meyer.

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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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Roberto Laura


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Roland Warzecha

Dimicator, Germany

Roland Warzecha (*1966) has been a devoted re-enactor since the early 1990s and practiced according combat sports. From 2000 to 2005 he received thorough martial arts training by Axel Wagener and Heiko Lempio in escrima-based UCC (Ultimate Close Combat) and acquired profound knowledge of essential martial concepts.He has been engaged in HEMA since 2003. His prime subject of research is fighting with sword and buckler according to MS I.33 and later German masters like Lignitzer, Talhoffer and Kal. Furthermore, he is working on reconstructing single combat with center-gripped round shields and medieval triangle shields. He closely co-operates with international experts, scientists and museums.

Roland became a member of HEMAC in 2007 and of CFAA in 2011. For years, he was instructor at HEMA club Hammaborg, which he had co-founded. In 2013 he started his own school DIMICATOR. He initiated the Berlin Buckler Bouts, a regular event hosted by HEMA group Twerchhau. He has successfully participated in a number of international tournaments and won buckler competitions in La Coruña, Spain, and Gothenburg, Sweden. He has taught classes in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and the USA.

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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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Stephen Hand

Stoccata School of Defence, Australia

Stephen Hand was born in 1964 and became involved in historical re-enactment in 1979. Quickly concluding that there must have been some method to historical combat he studied modern fencing and kendo, before discovering the existence of historical fencing manuals in the mid 80s. After various abortive attempts at understanding the better illustrated Italian manuals, Stephen began working with the 16th and 17th century English texts and settled mainly on Silver and Saviolo. After teaching these authors to re-enactors for several years, Stephen founded the Stoccata School of Defence in 1997. Stoccata is now the largest HEMA club in Australia, with branches in half of Australia's states. In the late 90s Stephen published a series of articles analysing Saviolo's Practise in the magazine Hammerterz Forum. He was the editor of the two volumes of SPADA, the earliest attempt at a journal of research into HEMA. In 2003 Stephen and his then student Paul Wagner published Medieval Sword and Shield, the first book on I.33. In 2006 Stephen published English Swordsmanship, a book on the system of George Silver and in 2018 Stephen published Swordplay in the Age of Shakespeare, a book examining the four English systems published in Shakespeare's time. He has also produced a video titled Swordplay in the Age of Shakespeare: Vol 1 George Silver. Stephen has taught at four previous WMAWs and is really pleased to be back after a break of 14 years. He is also pleased to be bringing his son, Lewis, for his first WMAW.

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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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