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February 28

Introduction to The Arte of Defence (one day, two instructors:  Allen Reed and Michael Pennock)

Students in this class will be introduced to the fast paced and exciting martial art of European swordplay of the late 16th and early 17th centuries. Students will learn fencing as it was practiced throughout western Europe based on the instructors' study of both historic treatises and modern texts, and work with other scholars in the use of the rapier. 
 
Those interested in taking this class will be actors and re-enactors who want to learn more about the historic fighting style they are recreating, martial artists who want to learn more about their European heritage and, of course, anyone who has grown up watching the great swashbuckling movies from Hollywood!

Equipment:  Rapier simulator, mask, gloves, doublet or equivalent heavy long-sleeved shirt or sweatshirt.  Some equipment will be available for loan (please do ask, ahead of time!).  Groin protection required for men, recommended for women.

April 18-19  CANCELLED

Cossacks on the Rock River
or
An Introduction to ROSS- Russian Martial Arts from a Biomechanical Perspective

This two-day seminar will present an overview of the ROSS system of Russian martial arts developed by Alexander Retuinskih from traditional methods and modern sport science, then taught to various units in the Russian Special Forces. The seminar will present the core concepts of the system, as well as a selection of exercises designed to teach students of all backgrounds to begin to move effectively.

Day 1 will focus primarily on empty-hand material, and will cover an introduction to:
     Range of motion exercises to improve movement, balance, and coordination
     A selection of specialized combat acrobatics for supple strength and agility 
     Basic striking exercises from Russian fisticuffs and hand-to-hand combat  
     Defensive exercises emphasizing fluid motion and avoidance of force 
     Methods of controlling your opponent’s joint structure and balance 
     Fluid response exercises to begin applying the motions and concepts in a controlled
          but realistic environment

Day 2 will focus primarily on knife defense, and will include:  
     Basic exercises to develop dexterity, coordination, and comfort with a knife 
     Additional defensive movements and drills  
     Foundational movements of the ROSS sport knife fighting system 
     Yet more fluid response exercises for safe practice

The ROSS system builds sophisticated actions out of simple movement concepts. So, while either day’s class can stand alone, the most satisfying results will be obtained through attendance on both days.

ROSS
    
The ROSS training system, or Russian Style of Hand-to-Hand Combat was developed by Mr. Alexander Retuinskih from the Spiridonovian System (SAMOZ- a Russian martial style that came in to use during World War I) combined with his extensive background in SAMBO. 
     Additionally, in creating ROSS, Mr. Retuinskih drew heavily from other traditional Russian martial styles, including: Buza, Skobar, the fighting systems of the Cossacks, and other lineages which had been preserved through the centuries. 
     Often confused with the Systema of Mr. Vladimir Vasiliev and Mr. Mikhail Ryabko, ROSS is a distinct style with its own teaching methods and theories. However, as is true with almost all Russian martial styles, there are definite similarities in approach- such as the absence of "techniques" and the use of free, unrestricted movement. 
     ROSS is an acronym for the Russian words meaning: The Native Russian System of Self Defense.
(Primary source: Retuinskih, A. I. Russian Style of Hand-to-Hand Combat: The "ROSS" Training System. American Academy for Russian Martial Art and Combat Skill, 1997.)

Randal Gustitis has been training in the martial arts for 24 years. His early training was in Karate, Taijiquan, and Western fencing, although he has branched out over the years to also include a variety of Eastern and Western martial arts. An amateur hoplologist, he has traveled to New Zealand, where he was the first mainland American to be ranked in the Maori martial arts, as well as to Portugal to research and study Jogo do Pau. 
     In the Western arts, Randal is a ROSS instructor, and an avid practitioner of Jogo do Pau do Ilha Terceira. He is actively involved in the interpretation of Joachim Meyer’s quarterstaff, and of the rapier manual of Girard Thibault, which is derived from the Spanish school of swordsmanship.  
     In the Eastern arts, Randal is an instructor of Yang style Taijiquan, with 22 years experience, and holds a Sandan ranking in Meishin Muso Ryu Iaido. He is currently a silat student in the Sutrisno Family System under Guru Tristan Sutrisno. 
     Additionally, Randal runs a ROSS/Jogo do Pau club at Bryn Mawr College, and occasionally teaches wushu for Physical Education credit at the college.

July 25 CANCELLED!

Fighting with the Highland Dirk
July 25 @River Valley Complex
605 S. Main St., Leaf River IL
Allen Reed, Instructor

Site Opens at 9 AM, Seminar runs from 10 AM to 5 PM
$50 registration fee until July 15; $75 at the door

Learn the close in fighting style of the Highland Scots using the dirk.  Class will involve learning the background of the use of the dirk, guards, attacks, grappling and throws.
     Participants should wear comfortable workout clothes with soft soled shoes. Also, must have a heavy duty sweatshirt, light jean jacket or equivalent and a pair of protective glasses (sport goggles, shooting glasses or equivalent.) Men must wear an athletic cup.

2010 classes and seminars

      CANCELLED
February 2-March 9, 2010 -- Tuesdays 8-9pm

Self Defense
Highland Community College
Freeport, IL 
Allen Reed, Instructor


     Learn techniques for protecting and defending yourself in a variety of situations. Men and women can benefit from the physical and mental aspects of this training, offered by our experienced instructor
     Book:  Self-Defense: Steps to Survival, by Katy Mattingly; published 2007 by Human Kinetics
     Participants should wear comfortable clothing. Men must wear an athletic cup. Also suggest note pad and pen.


March 6, 2010 -- Saturday, 10am-4pm

James Bowie and His Knife
Highland Community College WEST CAMPUS
Elizabeth, IL 
Allen Reed, Instructor

     James Bowie was an iconic figure in the early American West. He was an entrepreneur, politician, and soldier.
     Bowie survived major wounds during the famous Vidalia Sandbar fight in 1827 and went on to join the Texas Revolution against Mexico where he died with David Crockett and William Travis at the Alamo in 1836. 
     This class will examine the life and times of Bowie, and students will learn how to use the big fighting knife given Bowie’s name by knife makers and those who used it throughout the 19th century.
     Comfortable workout clothing including long sleeved sweatshirt, safety glasses, men must wear an athletic cup.  Also suggest forearm pads (soccer shin pads) and light leather gloves, such as work/gardening gloves.
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tudents may also want to bring a fencing mask or other full face protective device.  Some loaner gear will be available.


Bartitsu! The Martial Art of Sherlock Holmes

with Allen Reed

April 17, 2010    9am - 5pm

$50 until April 10; $75 thereafter and at the door
Lunch included
River Valley Complex, 605 S. Main St., Leaf River IL


In 1898, the New Art of Self Defence called Bartitsu was introduced to England by Edward William Barton-Wright.   Bartitsu was a combination of savate, jiujitsu, pugilism, and walking stick fighting.  Barton-Wright developed Bartitsu to defeat the fearsome street gangs of Edwardian London.
    By combining Asian and European fighting styles, Bartitsu may well have been the first Mixed Martial Art.  Conan Doyle had Sherlock Holmes use Bartitsu against Professor Moriarty, his mortal enemy, to throw him from the top of Reichenbach waterfall.
    This class will provide a practical beginning in this historical system, as well as how to use it for modern self defense. 

REQUIREMENTS: Participants should wear comfortable workout clothes, and should bring a sturdy walking stick, cane or 3/4"-1" diameter dowel rod of about 36" long. Gallowglass Academy requires groin protection for men, and recommends it for women.


Fighting with the Tomahawk

with Allen Reed
May 1, 2010    9am - 5pm

$50 until April 26
$75 thereafter and at the door  


Lunch at Country Leaf Cafe


class at River Valley Complex, 605 S. Main St.,
Leaf River IL


A close combat weapon favored by both Indian warriors and White settlers of the 18th and 19th centuries, the Tomahawk represents the melding of European technology and weapon systems with the Native use of the war club.

REQUIREMENTS: Participants should wear comfortable workout clothes, and should bring a belt or heavy sash and a Tomahawk with sheath or a 1-lb ball-peen hammer with a 16-18" wooden handle. 

Gallowglass Academy requires groin protection for men, and recommends it for women.  Reenactors of all stripes are encouraged to wear historical kit, and all participants should bring clothing appropriate for portions of the class to be held outside, weather permitting.

 

Unrecognized Guid format.Women's Self Defense 

Saturday, July 10, 2010 1-5 PM
River Valley Complex (room #108)
605 Main St., Leaf River, IL 61047 
 
You have the absolute right to defend yourself
 
Gallowglass Academy offers a 4-hour self defense class led by Association for Women’s Self Defense Advancement (AWSDA) members and Certified Instructors Andrea Dubnick & Allen Reed.

Class is open to women only, 14 and older.  Parent or legal guardian must accompany women under 18. 

Tuition for the class will be $15 each, $10 each additional family member.   No martial arts experience or athletic ability necessary.  Wear comfortable workout clothes or street-wear.  Need-based scholarship assistance may be available – please ASK!

Preregister by June 30, 2010 by mail (PO Box 201, Leaf River, IL 61047) phone (815-973-1064) or email (GallowglassAcad@aol.com)    

Please download this PDF flyer and post at your gym, grocery, church, and/or local pub  



Unrecognized Guid format.More Bowie Knife History and Combat

Fighting with the Bowie Knife
A One-day Seminar, suh!

Saturday   July 31, 2010

Site Opens at 9AM, Seminar runs 10AM to 5PM
River Valley Complex, 605 Main St, Leaf River, IL 61047

$50 registration until July 15   

$75 thereafter or at the door 

    The Bowie knife in the hands of a well trained fighter is one of the most devastating weapons ever developed.  This seminar introduces a practical and efficient system of using a Bowie knife.
    Named for James Bowie, who killed his mortal enemy Norris Wright with a large knife at the Vidalia Sandbar Fight in 1827, the Bowie knife came to be carried by soldiers, mountain men and settlers throughout the United States.
   
Students should wear comfortable work out clothes including a heavy duty sweatshirt, light leather gloves, rigid eye protection, and a belt.  Men must wear an athletic cup. 
    Other suggested gear includes fencing mask or closed face martial arts head protection; padded gloves, such as hockey gloves or equivalent; martial arts chest protection; forearm protection, such as soccer shin pads; rigid elbow protection, such as for street hockey.  Some loaner gear will be available.

Please download this PDF flyer and post at your gym, grocery, laundromat, church, and/or local pub   

Unrecognized Guid format."Warrior Spirit" Exercise Class
Sep 7 - Nov 23

Every country and cultre has stories of famous warriors who underwent physical training to find their warrior spirit.  Both men and women are invited to work together in the class to find that spirit themselves. The class will involve learning martial arts moves both with empty hands and with a weapon, as well as physical conditioning exercises.  Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a 3-ft dowel rod, -3/4 to 1-inch in diameter. 

Unrecognized Guid format. Advanced Tomahawk
October 23 10am-5pm
(site opens at 9am; class limited to 10)

The tomahawk is a classic American weapon. Used historically by both white settlers and Native American warriors, it is a fearsome close combat weapon. In the modern age the tomahawk is once again being used by the American military.
     The Advanced Tomahawk seminar will focus on the use of the combination of the tomahawk and knife. It will include using these weapons against single and multiple foes as well as foes using other weapons.  Also included will be fighting on the run and using combat throws.
     Participants should wear comfortable workout clothing including a long sleeved sweat shirt or equivalent. Historic garb is not required but is encouraged. Men must wear an athletic cup.
     Required gear: Tomahawk with sheath or ball peen hammer, belt or sash and rigid eye protection. 
     Other suggested equipment: Full martial arts head protection with a closed face or fencing mask, gorget or other rigid throat protection, padded torso protection, hard shell elbow and knee protection (e.g. roller blade gear or equivalent), padded gloves.
     Instructor will have some loaner equipment.
     Prerequisites: Attendance at previous Gallowglass Academy seminar, study with other tomahawk instructor, or permission of the instructor.

AdvTOMAHAWKearly  $50 until October 9
AdvTOMAHAWKat-door  $75 thereafter, and at the door.


Unrecognized Guid format.Women's Self Defense 
Tuesdays, October 12 & 19, 7-9 PM
River Valley Complex (room #108)
605 Main St., Leaf River, IL 61047 

 
You have the absolute right to defend yourself
 
Gallowglass Academy offers a 4-hour self defense class led by Association for Women’s Self Defense Advancement (AWSDA) members and Certified Instructors Andrea Dubnick & Allen Reed.

Class is open to women only, 14 and older.  Parent or legal guardian must accompany women under 18. 

Some real-life, easy-to-learn techniques to avoid a bad situation, defuse an escalating situation, and escapte grabs, holds, and strikes.  No martial arts experience or athletic ability required.  We will work with any age woman over 14.  Wear comfortable workout clothes or street-wear.  Need-based scholarship assistance may be available – please ASK!

Tuition for the class will be $15 each, $10 each additional family member.    Women's Self Defense

Preregister by October 8, 2010 by mail (PO Box 201, Leaf River, IL 61047) phone (815-973-1064) or email (GallowglassAcad@aol.com)





Unrecognized Guid format.January 2011

Utah Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW) Permit Training

River Valley Complex, 605 S. Main St,
Leaf River, IL 61047, Room 108

with Mark Philpot, Carry Safe Training, Inc.


The class will be taught by Mark Philpot of Carry Safe Training, Inc.  Cost will be $125 per person. Registration is limited to ten students, so register early. Registration is through Carry Safe Training at www.carrysafetraining.com

The class is NOT a shooting class. It is the mandatory 4-hour class to allow registration for a Utah CCW permit. Cost for the class includes having fingerprints taken during the class, but does not cover the cost of a required photo and a $65.25 processing fee charged by the State of Utah.

Those who are issued a Utah CCW permit are allowed to carry a concealed weapon in many states of the U.S., but NOT Illinois and Wisconsin.  Answers to many questions can be found at the Carry Safe Training website or should be directed to Mark Philpot, carrysafe1@juno.com



Unrecognized Guid format.Women's Self Defense

January 29, 2011
Saturday, 1-5pm
River Valley Complex (room #108)
605 Main St., Leaf River, IL 61047 
 
You have the absolute right to defend yourself
 
Gallowglass Academy offers a 4-hour self defense class led by Association for Women’s Self Defense Advancement (AWSDA) members and trained Instructors Andrea Dubnick & Allen Reed.

Class is open to women only, 14 and older.  Parent or legal guardian must accompany women under 18. 

Some real-life, easy-to-learn techniques to avoid a bad situation, defuse an escalating situation, and escape grabs, holds, and strikes.  No martial arts experience or athletic ability required.  We will work with any age woman over 14.  Wear comfortable workout clothes or street-wear.

Tuition for the class will be $35.   Preregister through Highland Community College for class 6879 PERS 34 ACC by calling 815-235-6121


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Unrecognized Guid format.Utah/Florida Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW) Permit Training

River Valley Complex, 605 S. Main St,
Leaf River, IL 61047, Room 108

with Mark Philpot, Carry Safe Training, Inc.


The class will be taught by Mark Philpot of Carry Safe Training, Inc. Cost is $125 per person. Registration is limited to ten students, through Carry Safe Training at www.carrysafetraining.com

The class is NOT a shooting class. It is the mandatory 4-hour class to allow registration for a Utah or Florida CCW permit. Cost for the class includes having fingerprints taken during the class, but does not cover the cost of a required photo and a $65.25 processing fee charged by the State of Utah.

Those who are issued a Utah or Florida CCW permit are allowed to carry a concealed weapon in many states of the U.S., although NOT Illinois or Wisconsin at this time.  Answers to many questions can be found at the Carry Safe Training website or should be directed to Mark Philpot, carrysafe1@juno.com



Unrecognized Guid format.Women's Self Defense

River Valley Complex (room #108)
605 Main St., Leaf River, IL 61047 
 
You have the absolute right to defend yourself
 
Gallowglass Academy offers a 4-hour self defense class led by Association for Women’s Self Defense Advancement (AWSDA) members and trained Instructors Andrea Dubnick & Allen Reed.

Class is open to women only, 14 and older.  Parent or legal guardian must accompany women under 18. 

Some real-life, easy-to-learn techniques to avoid a bad situation, defuse an escalating situation, and escape grabs, holds, and strikes.  No martial arts experience or athletic ability required.  We will work with any age woman over 14.  Wear comfortable workout clothes or street-wear.

Tuition for the class will be $35.   Preregister through Highland Community College for class 1315 PERS 34 ACC by calling 815-235-6121

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Unrecognized Guid format.March 12

INTRODUCTION TO EUROPEAN SWORDPLAY

Saturday, March 12, 2011; 9-5
River Valley Complex (room #108, and gymnasium)
605 Main St., Leaf River, IL 61047 


Tim Lyon (Sir LOGOS, KSCA)
Introduction to Bolognese Sword and Buckler 
     This class will provide a basic introduction to the art of sharp sword and buckler in the Bolognese tradition. We will explore the two basic guards, the supporting footwork, and the parries and attacks. Time permitted, we will explore some provocations and set plays that should help tie it all together.

Allen Reed (Baron Aelfred of Chester, OP/SCA)
English Swordplay
     In this portion of this seminar we will work on the short sword portion of Silver's Brief Instructions Upon My Paradoxes of Defence.

Patrick Bailey (Lord Patrick von Brandenburg, SCA)
German Sword & Buckler
     An introduction to the guards and basic actions of the I.33 fechtbuch, drawing from the translation by Dr. Forgeng, the interpretation by Stephen Hand and Paul Wagner, and the class by Maestro Sean Hayes.
   
Gear:  Students need a buckler and cut and thrust sword simulator (a rapier is not ideal; some spare swords may be available). Drills will be controlled but standard protective equipment (mask, gloves, etc.) is recommended.

EuroSword     $50 until March 5
EuroSword-late     $75 thereafter and at the door

Here's a PDF flyer for you to help publicize this event (thank you)

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Unrecognized Guid format.May 21 
Se(a)x & Violence: A Writers' Workshop

May 21, 2011    9am - 5pm     River Valley Complex,
605 S. Main St., Leaf River IL 61047


Morning: round-table with authors published and yet-to-be about writing better action scenes, in and out of the boudoir!

Afternoon: demonstrations and practicum of historical swordplay, medieval mounted combat, and modern firearms by Members of Gallowglass Academy

AUTHORS:  David M. Youngquist, Ophelia Julien, Angeli Primlani, Sylvia Shults

GALLOWGLASS ACADEMY: swords, Equi-Sim mounted combat, guns

No martial arts or firearms training required!  Not a shooting class! No live horses!

Portions of the class may be held outside, weather permitting.

Se(a)x  $30 until May10
Se(a)x-late  $50 thereafter and at the door

Here is a PDF flyer for you! 

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Unrecognized Guid format.June 21 - July 19 7pm
Introduction to Bartitsu
(the martial art of Sherlock Holmes)

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Bartitsu, a fascinating addition to the Manly Art of Self Defense, has been developed by the Englishman Edward Barton-Wright by combining good old fashioned pugilism with a cane fighting system developed by Monsieur Vigny from Switzerland, and a Japanese wrestling art called jujutsu.   

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Unrecognized Guid format.begins September 12
Young Swashbucklers!
Swordfighting for 10- to 14-year olds

Room #108, River Valley Complex, 605 S Main St
Leaf River IL 61047

Do your sons and daughters pick up any stick and swing it like a sword, fighting like knights, Jedi warriors, pirates, or Warrior Princesses?  Why not let them actually learn to use a sword in a safe, structured environment?  Allen Reed is an instructor who has been teaching historical fencing for over twenty years.

Gallowglass Academy, in Leaf River IL, will offer Beginning Swordplay classes for 10- to 14-year-olds this autumn. The class will instruct students on proper etiquette and safe use and practice with a sword.  Classes will also discuss the history of European martial arts.  

Yes, Europe’s martial arts tradition is as long as any in China and Japan. These arts included everything from unarmed self defense to the use of swords and other weapons. Our Young Gallowglass classes will offer instruction in both swordplay and, in more advanced sessions, self defense against today’s dangers.

45-minute classes will begin on September 12, for seven Mondays. Two time slots are available to fit your family’s schedule: after school from 4:30 to 5:15 PM, and 7:00 to 7:45 PM. The cost for each six-week session is $30.00. The first class is free, and a parent or guardian must attend.

Students will need a heavy long-sleeve shirt, long pants, closed-toe shoes, and a pair of sturdy gloves (batting gloves, for example).  Gallowglass Academy requires groin protection for males. 

Class size is limited, so please pre-register now by telephone 815-973-1064 or email GallowglassAcad@aol.com.  Don’t forget to ask about our family discount!  And do please ask about adult (14 years and up) instruction, too!   We can provide references upon request.

Young SWASHBUCKLERS  $30.00 for 6 weeks (plus one FREE!)




Unrecognized Guid format.7-9pm, Monday, July 25 and Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Women's Self Defense

River Valley Complex (room #108)
605 Main St., Leaf River, IL 61047

SEPTEMBER 2011 SESSIONS WILL MEET AT
MT MORRIS LIBRARY,  105 S. McKendrie Ave,
Mt. Morris, IL  61054 815-734-4927 
  

 
You have the absolute right to defend yourself!
 
Gallowglass Academy offers a 4-hour self defense class led by Association for Women’s Self Defense Advancement (AWSDA) members and trained Instructors Andrea Dubnick & Allen Reed.

Class is open to women only, 14 and older.  Parent or legal guardian must accompany women under 18. 

Some real-life, easy-to-learn techniques to avoid a bad situation, defuse an escalating situation, and escape grabs, holds, and strikes.  No martial arts experience or athletic ability required.  We will work with any age woman over 14.  Wear comfortable workout clothes or street-wear.

Tuition for the class is $15; $25 "family discount" for any two women signing up together -- mothers, daughters, sisters, friends!


WSD-7-11  $15.00

WSD-2fer  $25.00 "two-fer"


   Some Prominent Guest Trainers

Jeannette Acosta-Martínez is a professional restorer of antique furniture who specializes in works of the 17th and 18th centuries. This, together with her interest in antique weapons, led her to the study of fencing.  She began under the tutelage of Mâitre d'Armes Frederick Rohdes, and after his death in 1984, continued with his protégé Maestro Ramón Martínez. In all, Maestro Acosta-Martínez has spent a total of 20 years studying traditional fencing, both classical and historical. In 1995, she became an instructor at Martínez Academy of Arms, as well as the Academy's business manager. She also became Maestro Martínez' assistant at all his demonstrations and seminars.

Gary M. Chelak began studying historical fencing in 1994 while attending college. He served as both assistant and primary historical fencing instructor. Mr. Chelak earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Northern Arizona University with an extended major in Visual Communication. A nationally recognized designer, in 2001 he refocused to full time graphic arts instruction at a private college. Since then he has received multiple awards, including Outstanding MultiMedia Instructor.
    
As a vice president of Tattershall Academy, Gary heads the Southern California branch of TSD, bringing a unique mix of competitive experience, academic research and creative padagogy. Instruction is available in the Italian systems of rapier, sidesword & longsword, with classes also available in Germanic swordplay and French smallsword. Additional studies include Italian & Germanic unarmed arts. Gary is currently completing his translation and interpretation of Nicolettó Giganti’s 1606 rapier text, due for publication in September 2004. His next project, focusing on Camillo Agrippa’s 1553 sidesword text, is also underway.
    
Known as Giacomo Cavalli da Treviso in the Society for Creative Anachronism, Gary is a member of the Defenders of the White Scarf, the organization's highest award for fence. Heavily involved with program & curriculum development in all three venues, Gary is currently seeking entry into the Cal. State M.F.A. program.

Bob Charron received his Bachelor of Science and Education from the University of Arkansas in 1985, then spent twenty years participating in Historical Reenactment of the Medieval era. His personal research and training in education led him to teach classes in topics ranging from Vegetius’ De Rei Militari to Government and Law in 12th- and 13th-Century Jerusalem. 
     Always seeking after primary source material in the use and instruction of arms, he acquired a copy of the Getty-Ludwig manuscript of the Fior di Bataglia, a treatise written by Fiore Dei Liberi, the early 15th century instructor at arms to the court of Nicolo d’Este, Marquise da Ferrara. This master work includes an extensive prologue describing Fiore’s personal experience and advice to the combatant, a complete explanation of the structure of the treatise, and a list of his famous students and their opponents. Following this introduction are hundreds of illustrations and accompanying paragraphs of text explaining this complete martial arts system and its concepts as it moves from hand-to-hand combat, knife fighting, swordplay, the use of the spear and the pollaxe, and ends with techniques for the mounted combatant.
     Bob has spent the last several years translating the text, interpreting the techniques, and further researching the scientific principles on which the art is based and the biographies of the men who employed it. He teaches weekly classes and private lessons through St. Martins Academy of Medieval Arms, a martial arts academy using the Fior di Bataglia as its curriculum for instruction. He has traveled the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe teaching the material from the treatise, and a book project is underway in cooperation with the Getty Museum and Chivalry Bookshelf publishers. He has presented two papers at the Kalamazoo Medieval Conference on Fiore’s work, with a third scheduled for the 2004 session.

Pete Kautz is the Director of Alliance Martial Arts and the Founder of the American Heritage Fighting Arts Association. Mr. Kautz is well known in the Western arts community for his work in researching and teaching the 15th century German and 19th century American fighting methods in seminars worldwide. With over 25 years experience in the martial arts, he is a respected instructor and recognized by such diverse groups as the International Master at Arms Federation, Hock Hochheim’s Scientific Fighting Congress, and James Keating’s Combat Technologies. Visit Alliance Martial Arts and the American Heritage Fighting Arts Association online at AllianceMartialArts.com and AHFAA.org for articles, photo techniques, links, reviews, and more.

James Loriega began his formal edged weapons training in 1967 when he embarked on a lifelong study of martial arts with Ronald Duncan. In the mid-70s, after achieving various instructor-level ranks in Asian systems, Loriega gained his first exposure to the Western martial traditions under the tutelage of Maitre Michel Alaux, a former coach to the US Olympic Fencing Team. It was from Maitre Alaux, and his assistant at the time, Ms. Julia Jones, that Loriega learned the rudiments of epee and saber. 
     In September of 1980, Loriega founded the New York Ninpokai, the city’s premiere training academy for the traditional arts of ninjutsu. In 1990, while conducting ninjutsu seminars in Spain, Loriega discovered the acero sevillano knife arts of Andalusia. These arts include the use of the cuchillo (knife), puñal (stiletto), bastón de estoque (sword cane), bastón de paseo (walking stick), and navaja (clasp knife). His summers from 1991 to 1996 were spent in Seville learning the intricacies of these Andalusian arts. 
     In August of 1996, Loriega received certification as an instructor de Armas Blancas Sevillanas under Maestro de Armas Santiago Rivera, then headmaster of the Escuela Sevillana de Armas Blancas. At this time he also completed his first translation of Manual del Baratero
     Since 1996, he has operated a recognized branch of the Escuela Sevillana in New York City known as the Raven Arts Institute. 
     In September of 2000, following the publication of Sevillian Steel, Loriega was formally acknowledged as a Maestro de Armas Blancas Sevillanas
     In January of 2002, Loriega was inducted into the International Masters-at-Arms Federation (IMAF), where he is recognized for his mastery of the navaja and other Andalusian edged weapons. Based in Milan, Italy, the mission of the IMAF is "to preserve, study, practice and teach the martial Arts of the western world heritage. Furthermore, it is the intention of the IMAF to function as a guild of professional teachers in keeping with the tradition and heritage of arms." 
     Loriega’s extensive writings have appeared in mainstream martial arts publications such as Black Belt, Warriors, Ninja, and Tactical Knives. His first book, Sevillian Steel: The Traditional Knife-Fighting Arts of Spain, (1999 Paladin Press) presents an overview of the edged weapons culture, styles, and strategies of this western martial tradition.   
     A second book, Scourge of the Dark Continent, (1999 Loompanics) outlines the history and martial applications of the African sjambok (a rod-like whip made from rhinoceros hide.) Following the present annotated English-language translation of the 19th century Manual del Baratero, Loriega plans to complete a sequel to Sevillian Steel, detailing the technical intricacies of using the navaja.    
     Loriega continues to travel and to train, in addition to offering instruction at the Raven Arts Institute, where courses are available in the use of the folding knife, stiletto, sword-cane, walking stick, improvised weaponry, and unarmed combatives.

Ramón Martínez studied classical fencing with the late Maître d'Armes Frederick Rohdes in New York for ten years. Maître Rohdes was one of the last fencing masters to teach fencing as a martial art. During that time Mr. Martínez became assistant and protégé of Maître Rohdes and was the only one of his pupils permitted to teach with full authorization at the Rohdes Academy. In late 1982, shortly before his death, Maître Rohdes conferred the rank of Fencing Master on Mr. Martínez.  Mr. Martínez is well known for his instruction in La Destreza, the art of the Spanish rapier.

Sue Michaelsen is an authorized Jin Shin Do® Acupressure teacher with extensive training in Internal Martial Arts and Sports Massage Therapy. She is certified in Orthorpedic Massage Therapy as well.  She has trained in swordwork with Anthony De Longis and Master Helen Wu.  Sue is the first U.S. citizen to earn Master Helen Wu Teaching Certification for Internal Martial Arts for Health and Healing.  See www.SueMichaelsen.com for more information.

Christian Henry Tobler has been a longtime student of swordsmanship, especially as it applies to the pursuit of the chivalric ideals. A passionate advocate of the medieval Liechtenauer School, his work in translating and interpreting Sigmund Ringeck's commentary firmly established him as an important contributor to the growing community of Western martial artists. This work is encapsulated in the 2001 Chivalry Bookshelf title Secrets of German Medieval Swordsmanship: Sigmund Ringeck's Commentaries on Johannes Liechtenauer's Verse. His most recent work is Fighting with the German Longsword (Chivalry Bookshelf, 2004), a training guide for students of the Liechtenauer tradition. Mr. Tobler was born in 1963 in Paterson, New Jersey. A graduate of the University of Bridgeport's computer engineering program, Mr. Tobler has worked as a software developer, web designer, product manager, and marketing specialist in the analytical instrumentation and publishing fields. He is the Grand Master of the Order of Selohaar, an eclectic, mystic order of chivalry that he co-founded in 1979. A veteran of 17 years of tournament fighting, he is also an avid collector of reproduction arms and armour. He has been focused on the study of medieval fechtbücher (fight books) since the late 1990's. He has taught classes at the annual Schola St. George Swordplay Symposium, in the San Francisco Bay area, and at two of the annual Western Martial Arts Workshops, appeared as a guest on Cablevision News Channel 12's daily "The Exchange", and has traveled the United States teaching weekend long seminars. He has also lectured at the 38th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan. In 2002 he was named to the Advisory Board of Swordplay Symposium International (SSI).


William Wilson
is the President of the Tattershall School of Defence, which is devoted to the study and practise of the Art of Defense of the 15th, 16th and early 17th Centuries, including wrestling and the use of the dagger as well as fencing.  He is also the advisor and coach for the fencing club at Northern Arizona University, and serves on the advisory board for Swordplay Symposium International.
     Within the Society for Creative Anachronism, Bill is known as Barwn Meistr Gwylym ab Owain, OL OP DWS, the premiere member of the Order of the White Scarf of Atenveldt, the highest award for fencing in the Kingdom.  In the SCA he has also been awarded masters level status for his research in historical swordplay and study of lifestyle of the Elizabethan period.  
  Bill has been fencing for 29 years, beginning his instruction under Master Bella from Canada and Mr. Silverberg in Buffalo, NY. Further instruction included training with Maestro Sean Hayes of Eugene, OR, and Dr, Rita Ashcraft of Northern Arizona University.
    A prominent researcher in historical swordplay, he teaches seminars internationally on the use of the Italian rapier and the Italian 16th century civilian spada da filo (edged sword/sidesword).  An expert in the use of rapier, he has written and published the book The Art of Defense. He has studied many original texts and is in the process of working on translations of Italian fencing manuals.   
     Bill specializes in teaching beginners either classical foil, epee or saber and teaches beginning and advanced students the art of defence with rapier and sword.  He also teaches beginning longsword and backsword.  Bill currently teaches beginning Italian foil for the PE department at Northern Arizona University.
     Send e-mail to gwylym@infomagic.net to reach William Wilson directly.

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