Workshop & Intensive Instructors

Adrian Jones

  It is safe to say fencing is a habit for Adrian. He started with Olympic fencing in 1996 at the age of 8, learning foil for four years and then competed in epee for ten. In 2011 Adrian decided to try rapier at Academy Duello at the suggestion of a friend and found the […]

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Braun McAsh

Braun McAsh is best known as the Swordmaster for the TV series HIGHLANDER (as well as the movie ENDGAME, and many other series and stage choreography credits). He is also an internationally recognized researcher and instructor in the European martial arts and has also written extensively on the use of bladed weapons from the Roman […]

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Brent Matsuda

Brent Matsuda has been training in Filipino Martial Arts since 1988 in Canada, USA, Australia, and Philippines, including >25 years of silat and kali under Guro Louie Lindo in Vancouver. He is a graduate of Bahala Na Martial Arts (Giron Escrima) in Stockton, California and a Senior Associate Instructor under the Inosanto Academy in Los Angeles. […]

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Brittany Reeves
Mordhau Historical Combat

  Brittany Reeves is the Head Instructor and Co-founder of Mordhau Historical Combat in Arizona, USA. After earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Ancient and Medieval History from the University of Calgary, she began training seriously in Historical European Martial Arts. She has since become a multi-medalist in longsword, ringen, glima, and cutting, and has earned […]

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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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Diana Matthess
The Mercenary

  Diana started practicing with the Longsword in Fall 2013 and her first school was Krîfon in Mannheim, Germany. Very quickly she started to visit other schools, groups and attend various events. Her first tournament was in April 2014, which was an open steel tournament, in which she achieved 3rd place. Diana was also part […]

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Dori Coblentz
Decatur School of Arms

  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 […]

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Dr. Manouchehr Khorasani
Razmafzar Organization

  Dr. Manouchehr Moshtagh Khorasani is the founder and head instructor of Razmafzar Organization. Manouchehr started practicing martial arts and wrestling in 1976.  He passed his second dan blackbelt in full contact Kyokuskushinkai Karate under Shihan Mohammad Nazari in Tehran, Iran in August 2019. He also passed his fourth dan black sash (former green sash) […]

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Eric Myers
Sacramento Sword School

Eric Myers is a Master at Arms in classical Italian fencing, certified by the San Jose State University Fencing Masters Program in 2008. He teaches classical and historical fencing at the Sacramento Sword School, and at the Sonoma State University Fencing Masters Certificate Program. He is a cofounder of the Sacramento Sword School. Maestro Myers […]

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Jagjit Singh Nijjar

  Jagjit Singh Nijjar began his initial training in Gatka in 1982, he went on to create his own Gatka teams in 1988. He taught the arts in India and currently teaches in Canada. Mr. Singh is the founder of 3 teams in India, a team in New Zealand and 6 teams here in Canada […]

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James Reilly
Wisconsin Historical Fencing Association

James Reilly began his study of martial arts in his early teens. His first focus was on western boxing, later moving on to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. At 20 years of age he joined the Armed Forces where he achieved the rating of Navy Chief after just 5 years of service. He began his study of […]

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Jennifer Landels
Academie Duello

  Jennifer Landels is the founder and head of Academie Duello’s Mounted Combat Program which operates out of Cornwall Ridge Farm in Langley BC. She has been swordfighting 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, […]

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Keith Farrell
Academy of Historical Arts

  Keith Farrell is one of the senior instructors for the Academy of Historical Arts. He teaches HEMA professionally, often at international events, and has an interest in coaching instructors to become better teachers. He has authored “Scottish Broadsword and British Singlestick” and the “AHA German Longsword Study Guide”, and maintains a blog at www.keithfarrell.net […]

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Kelly Maclean

  Kelly Maclean has practiced Chinese martial arts since 1988. She has studied closely with some of the greatest teachers in the world, including Master Shouyu Liang (her primary teacher), Chen Xiao Wang, Yang Zhen Duo, Madame Wang Jurong, Sam Masich, and Dr. Yang Jwing Ming. During her competition career, Kelly twice represented Canada at […]

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Kimberleigh Roseblade
Academy of European Medieval Martial Arts

  Kimberleigh Roseblade is a “Fiorist with a flair” who discovered HEMA in the Spring of 2010 while living in Vancouver, BC when they walked through the doors of Academie Duello. Kimberleigh became both an adult and youth instructor at Academie Duello and coached a fitness program known as SwordFit for five years there. Kimberleigh […]

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Loki Jörgenson
Maelstrøm Martial Arts

Loki Jörgenson has 25+ years experience training in Southeast Asian weapons arts including Filipino kali, Indonesian pencak silat and Thai krabi krabong. He is the founder and chief instructor of Maelstrøm Martial Arts in Vancouver, Canada. He is one of twelve people world-wide who hold “tuhon” ranking in Pekiti-Tirsia System of Kali under Grand Tuhon […]

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Maija Soderholm

  Maija Soderholm is internationally known for her work on the tactics of swordplay, and has written 2 books on the subject: The Liar, the Cheat, and the Thief: Deception and the Art of Swordplay, and The Hustler: Swordplay and the Art of Tactical Thinking. Her work comes primarily from her years studying with Maestro […]

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Mark Hollingshead
Santa Cruz Historical Swordsmanship Club

  Mark has been studying martial arts for 34 years, training and competing in Tae Kwon Do, western boxing and classical fencing, as well as other arts. He’s been Studying Historical European Martial Arts since 1999, when he co-founded the Combative Arts Study Group in Stockton California. Mark is currently the head instructor for the […]

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Mark Mikita
Mikita School of Martial Art

Kali-Eskrima Master Mark Mikita began training in the martial arts in 1967, quickly finding his calling in weapon-based systems intended for actual combat. He started teaching professionally in 1978. The Mikita School of Martial Art is located in Los Angeles, California. A short list of his notable students includes Joe Hyams (author of Zen In […]

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Marli Vlok
Academie Duello

  Before joining Academie Duello in 2013, Marli had no experience in martial arts. She came from a competitive target shooting background, where she competed internationally for 11 years representing her home country of South Africa. While this crossover may seem tangential, it prepared her for the meticulous hard work and dedication required to continue […]

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Matthew Howden
Academia Duellatoria

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 […]

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Mike Panian
Swordfighters Martial Arts and Self Defence

Mike Panian has been teaching martial arts for over 40 years.  As a wrestling coach, karate teacher, and sword fighting instructor he has been helping people to learn and grow through the martial arts for most of his adult life.  He is the owner/operator of Swordfighters Martial Arts and Self Defence in Vernon BC. Past […]

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Puck Curtis
Sacramento Sword School

Maestro Puck Curtis began studying historical fencing in 1992 and began researching Spanish fencing in 1994. He is the cofounder of the Destreza Translation and Research Project and currently teaches historical sword arts at the Sacramento Sword School. Puck certified as a classical Italian fencing master in a traditional board examination with the San Jose Fencing […]

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Stephen Hand
Stoccata School of Defence

  Stephen Hand was born in Tasmania, Australia in 1964.  He became interested in historical fencing through his involvement in medieval and renaissance re-enactment between 1979 and 2000. In the mid-80s, while trying to expand his understanding of swordsmanship by studying modern sport fencing and kendo, Stephen discovered the rich tradition of historical fencing manuals […]

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Tricia Dong
Code 5 Fitness

Tricia is a registered Can-Fit-Pro Personal Fitness Trainer, Russian Kettlebell fitness coach, and Kettlebell Sport (GS) Coach. She is also the head instructor of the renowned Code 5 Fitness Police Training Program, where she trains law enforcement hopefuls to pass the demanding physical fitness requirements.   A former Vancouver Police Constable and career Firefighter with […]

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