Workshop & Intensive Instructors

Arik Mendelevitz
Fool of Swords

Arik Mendelevitz, a professional circus coach by training, has twenty years of martial arts experience under his belt with the last fourteen of them focused primarily on historical fencing. He primarily fences in the SCA where he serves as a provost to master Terry Tindall (That Guy’s Gorgets) and where has won over three dozen […]

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Clark Asher
St. Louis School of Arms

Clark Asher is the assistant lead instructor at the St. Louis School of Arms, responsible for incorporating new students into the school and leading the weekly sparring. He is well-versed in all aspects and weapons of the Bolognese martial arts including sword in two hands, sword and buckler, polearms, and unarmed prese. […]

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Clinton Fernandes
Academie Duello

Clint has been studying Italian swordplay since 2004 and has been teaching since 2010, having achieved his Provost level at Academie Duello in 2015. He has taught seminars and workshops in multiple cities in Canada and has taught at every Swordsquatch event since its beginning. Having worked behind the scenes at VISS since its inception, […]

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Devon Boorman, co-founder and director of Academie Duello Centre for Swordplay in Vancouver, Canada

Devon Boorman
Academie Duello

Devon Boorman has been practicing Western martial arts for more than 20 years. He has won international competitions, taught workshops and seminars throughout the world on both the study and practice of historical techniques and on practical combat implementation, and has been actively involved in translation and interpretation projects of extant texts. Devon’s expertise centres […]

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Jennifer Landels
Academie Cavallo

Jennifer Landels is the founder and head of Academie Cavallo, based out of Cornwall Ridge Farm in Langley BC. She has been sword fighting since 2008, and riding since before she could walk. She started the program as an excuse to combine those passions, and has since been invited to Germany, France, and the USA […]

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Ken Harding
St. Louis School of Arms

Ken Harding has been a professional martial arts instructor for more than 30 years, and has taught thousands of students. Having been trained in Japan in the use of swords, pole arms, daggers and other weapons, he holds a high level black belt in Japanese martial arts. In 2010 however, his focus shifted entirely to […]

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Michael Heveran
Tutta Coperta

Michael Heveran has been an avid student of swordsmanship for the past twenty years, during which time he has had the opportunity to train all across the Pacific Northwest. He regularly gives talks on the topic of historical European swordsmanship, including lectures for VISS 2017, VISS 2019, the Sacramento Sword School’s Destreza lecture series, and […]

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Rob Rutherfoord
Forteza Fitness

Rob Rutherfoord is the Bolognese instructor at the Chicago Swordplay Guild, founded in 1999, making it one of the oldest HEMA clubs in the United States. Rob has been studying historical fencing for over 20 years, practicing the arts from the early 16th to early 17th centuries, both in the Italian and German systems of […]

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Roberto Gotti
Guardia di Croce

Roberto began studying fencing 22 years ago, specializing in the two-handed sword of the Italian Renaissance . He attends many HEMA events in Europe and Italy as instructor. Author of Caino, a meticulously researched book on the history of Italy’s most important sword-manufacturing region, he is also the founder and director of Guardia di Croce, […]

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Scott Jeffers
Chicago Swordplay Guild

Scott Jeffers has studied historical fencing for over 10 years and is a Scholar of both Armizare and Kunst des Fechtens. He started at the Milwaukee Swordplay Academy with Karl Jacobs, trained with James Reilly of Goliath Historical Fencing Academy and continues with the Chicago Swordplay Guild under Greg Mele, John O’Meara and Rob Rutherfoord. […]

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Stephen Fratus

Stephen Fratus is the instructor of Bolognese Swordsmanship at East Bay Historical Fencing in the SF Bay Area. He has published “With Malice & Cunning,” a translation of the Anonimo Bolognese. He is currently co-producing L’Arte Dell Armi, a podcast on Bolognese swordsmanship and 16th Century Italian History. […]

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