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.
Trevor is originally from the East Coast, but is slowly getting used to near perfect weather and ocean breezes. He's long been a practitioner of Martial Arts, with a major focus in grappling -- his background is in Judo, and he currently trains and competes in Shuaijiao (Chinese Wrestling). He's been studying swordsmanship with Ian since 2018, and has a particular fondness for single edged weapons. Outside of sharp things and body slams, Trevor is an avid TTRPG player and game master, an animal lover, and a full time voice actor.
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.