Instructors

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Ian Terry

Head Instructor and Owner

Ian lives and breathes everything HEMA. With a deep understanding of Latin and a passion for historical sources, Ian not only leads our fencing lessons but is also constantly updating our understanding of the texts. He absolutely loves the nuance of understanding why a move not only works, but how it was culturally informed and based deep in the psyche of those who developed it.

Ian has a long history in various physical arts, starting from the age of 6 as a national championship Irish Dancer, and has been practicing blade-related martial arts since 1999. 

 

He is also an avid blacksmith and traditional woodworking specialist.

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Cherry

Assistant Instructor

Cherry's appreciation of HEMA extends beyond its physical technicalities: she acknowledges the practice as a tool for self-realization. Cherry enjoys delving into the intrapersonal side of the arts, particularly with respect to Fiore dei Liberi's four virtues: Prudence, Celerity, Fortitude, and Audacity. She hopes to make HEMA easily transmissible, and along the way, help others nurture their own virtues.

 

Outside of HEMA, Cherry enjoys learning in general. She is also fascinated by critters of all shapes and sizes.

Our Community

San Diego Swordschool wouldn't exist without our students, the very soul of our school. We attend and host events on a regular basis to ensure we grow, not just as martial artists, but as people.