Official Club Rank:
Member of TLA since:
Member since 2015
HEMA Discipline(s) studied:
Sword & Buckler
I’m an outdoorsman through and through. When I’m not working in the woods I’m often found wondering them. It is a dream of mine to own my own land one day so I can make a decent living as a woodsman rather than relying on other people’s land and build my own off-grid house using historical techniques with a mixture of modern conveniences.
How did you discover Historical European Martial Arts?
It started when I bought a replica of Jon Snow’s sword Longclaw, from Game of Thrones and A Song of Ice and Fire. I mentioned to my Dad that now I had a sword I should learn to use it properly. I never expected it to come to anything but he found a club near where I worked that practiced Italian longsword techniques. After a few months I changed job and needed to find a new club, and came across Taunton Longswords and have never looked back since. They’re a great bunch.
How did you discover Taunton Longswords?
After I got a new job I needed to find somewhere closer to home I found Taunton Longswords. My involvement with the club has made me go from strength to strength in my skills and knowledge. As my knowledge of HEMA grew so did my interest in all aspects of it and now I’m fully hooked and intend to involve myself and learn as much as I can about historical combat methods.
What are your goals/objectives for doing HEMA?
To learn more of a slightly more obscure topic of our history that is often overlooked by most people and to attempt to keep a piece of it alive.
Sporting Career Highlights:
Our demonstration at the 2016 Wells Film Festival was a highlight as it was the first public display of my skills.
I Competed at Astrolat 2017 in ‘Open Longsword’. Won 1 and lost 2 in the pool stage which I felt very happy with considering the skill of other participants.