Dori Coblentz


Maestra Dori Coblentz, PhD, received her master-at-arms certification through the Sonoma State Fencing Masters Certificate Program. Her doctoral research and current book project, Artful Devices on Shakespeare’s Stage, is on the contributions of fencing theory and practice to Shakespeare and Jonson’s drama. Dori’s most recent fencing pedagogy work has been within the historical fencing movement, where she is particularly interested in curriculum development. 

She has published on this topic in a 2018 training manual, Fundamentals of Italian Rapier: A Modern Manual for Teachers and Students of Historical Fencing, which she co-authored with David Coblentz and is the co-founder of the Decatur School of Arms, which offers weekly classes for adult learners in rapier fencing. She also teaches weekend seminars, and has taught classes at events such as Rapier in the Rockies, Riposte Harlem, the Southeast Renaissance Fencing Open (SERFO), and the Atlanta Freifechter‘s Weekend of Tactical Decision Making. 

As well, she is also an organizer for Atlanta’s Rapier and Saber Pedagogy retreat (RASP), a long weekend coaching clinics designed to bring together classical, historical, and modern practitioners and teachers.