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Instructors

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

  1. Bill Grandy
  2. Christian Cameron
  3. Da'Mon Stith
  4. Devon Boorman
  5. Dustin Reagan
  6. Francesco Loda
  7. George Livermore
  8. Gregory Mele
  9. Ian Brackley
  10. James Reilly
  11. Jay Maas
  12. John O'Meara
  13. Marco Quarta
  14. Michael Chidester
  15. Puck Curtis
  16. Robert Rutherfoord
  17. Roberto Laura
  18. Sean Hayes
  19. Stephen Hand
  20. Ton Puey

Bill Grandy

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Christian Cameron

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Da'Mon Stith

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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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Francesco Loda

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George Livermore

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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

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Jay Maas

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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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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 (www.novascrimia.org), 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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Puck Curtis

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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 Laura

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Sean Hayes

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Stephen Hand

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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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