Matthew Howden runs HistoricCombat.com, where he heads the Visual Thibault and Visual Frias projects. Matthew has been researching, practicing, and teaching Historical European Martial Arts for over two decades. During that time, he has been honored to present at such venues as the HEMA Alliance Open International Gathering and the Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium. As an instructor, Matthew believes that fulfilling, life-long practice comes from inspiring and empowering students to take charge of their educational process and to challenge and push their instructors. When not holding a sword, Matthew enjoys tailoring, shoe making, woodworking, exploring languages, and practicing his career as a Business Intelligence Analyst and Process Developer.