Hometown: Somewhere in North Texas...
September 28, 2012
Competitive tournament combat within the Society for Creative Anachronism since 1981 (knight, laurel, Earl). I taught medieval combat at the Westside Fencing Center in Los Angeles during the late 1980s, then turned my attention to studying medieval forms of the tournament during the 1990s. In 1999, discovered the medieval martial arts as recorded in fight-books, and began studying Fiore dei Liberi in 2000. Apart from that, some Judo and three-weapon fencing in high school, a sprinkling of Akido, Hapkido, and modern combatives, depending upon what was available where I was. Fenced at UCLA under Ted Katzoff. Was an avid tennis player and golfer in my teens. With respect to combat, studied with some French Foreign Legioneers, American, French and Afghan forces during my eighteen months in the Human Terrain System, teaching a combatives version of Fiore's l'arte d'armizare.
I was drawn to Fiore's art because the poste (guards) struck me as powerful, practical movements designed for combat, rather than for sport. This impression has only been reinforced and deepened during the decade plus journey; but there is still more than can be learned in a single lifetime and I tremendously enjoy continuous learning and the competition of sparring.
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Greetings! I'm one of two founders of the Schola Saint George, our non-profit school of medieval martial arts! I've been honored to serve overseas in Afghanistan and earned a doctorate in military history; teaching now at Hawaii Pacific University.
Growing fast and building nicely.