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Richard Marsden is history teacher by trade and also the co-founder of the
Historical European Martial Arts club, the Phoenix Society and has been fencing for
over 20 years. He is currently the President of the Board of Directors for the HEMA
Alliance. He has a Masters in Land Warfare, and is the author of HEMA in its Historical
Context, Polish Saber, the Traveling Tyrant series, and an RPG game. He teaches
history for a living and his wife tolerates his many eccentricities.
Edmonton (MSP Shiner Faction) September 1-2
Minnesota (Terry Roland Birnbaum II) October 21
Washington DC (Karl Bolle) TBA
Pittsburgh (Josh Parise) TBA
Taiwan (Exiel) TBA
What can Richard do?
HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts)
HEMA and its Context - A history of the source material as well as its cultural place in
history. Topics range from tournaments, to duels, to personal violence and warfare.
HEMA today - The current HEMA movement, changes, growth and challenges.
Teaching HEMA - Strategies to teach an audience, both large and small with a focus
on communication, proper use of drills, and methodology.
HEMA overview - A look at a variety of weapons and systems from the 14th to the
18th century including techniques.
Dealing with the insane and the great - A historical view of how to combat 'bad'
fencing as well as 'superior' fencing.
How HEMA can apply to fiction writing and where it does not.
What is HEMA?
Teaching strategies in HEMA
The Context and History of HEMA
Recreating Martial Arts
Fiore de Liberi
Fiore 101 - An introduction to Fiore and the weapons used in the Flower of Battle
Fiore 201 - Advanced techniques from Fiore's Flower of Battle
Fiore's Dagger - The use and context of Fiore's dagger, including Fiore's wrestling
Fiore's Spear - The use and context of Fiore's spear
Fencing with Fiore - How to use Fiore's art in a sparring context
Fiore Everything - An intensive seminar that covers the whole gambit of Fiore's art and
Polish Saber Short Seminar - An quick overview of Polish culture and the use of the
Polish Saber Long Seminar - An intensive seminar that covers Polish culture,
the saber, compared systems, techniques and training games.
Rapier Transitions - A survey of early, middle and late period rapier.
Giganti 101 - An introduction to Giganti's rapier and 17th century Italian rapier.
Giganti 201 - Advanced techniques as well as work from Giganti's 2nd book.
Giganti Long Seminar - An intensive seminar covering all of Giganti's work.
The Phoenix Society of Historical Swordsmanship also has members who can cover
a wide range of other topics including, sword and buckler, great sword, side
sword, pugilism, 18th century small sword, Fabris rapier, 19th century dueling saber,
and much more!
Cost varies. I usually need my flights and accommodations covered and sometimes
will bring an assistant (I cover their flight if you can't- but do try. We put on a good
show). Other Phoenix Society members may have
different rates. Just ask!
Past Seminar Appearances
Socal Swordfight - California
Longpoint - Maryland
Combat Con - Nevada
The Forge - Alberta
Purple Heart Open - Texas
Blood and Iron - British Columbia
Pittsburgh Broken Plow - Pennsylvania
Iowa Fencing Guild - Iowa
Puerto Rico Historical Fencing - Puerto Rico
Saber Legion - Minnesota