I currently study Historical Marital Arts (HMA, HEMA, WMA) from sources published during 19th Century in the United States. I teach 19th Century sabre fundamentals and advanced techniques at The School of the Sword at EMU and am on the way to becoming a board certified instructor with the HEMA Alliance. I am working on a curriculum sourced from the following period publication:
- A new system of broad and smallsword exercise: illustrated by forty five handsome and effective engravings. By Thomas Stevens; Philadelphia: Korn Military Store., 1844
My interest in WMA was kindled when researching the historical European martial art practiced by Dr. Sherlock Holmes as briefly mentioned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Bartitsu, or Baritsu as misspelled by Doyle, was a short-lived system of self-defense devised by E.W. Barton-Wright in Victorian London. Hutton worked extensively with Barton-Wright, and many other instructors, training in a great deal of contemporary Victorian martial systems, east and west. I came to study the sabre art through Hutton’s Cold Steel (1889), a very practical treatise on the saber as well as various other weapons, in late 2017. After being properly dismantled during an introductory lesson to Hutton’s sabre art by a primary instructor at The Ann Arbor Sword Club, I was left, along with a very tender throat from a well played counter, with an intense eagerness to learn more about the Hutton saber and the system for which it was devised. Aside, an eagerness to learn has been something I have found the need to follow throughout my life and usually accompanies great pleasure, often being its own reward.
Foremost, I would like to thank the instructors and members at The Ann Arbor Sword Club and The School of the Sword at Eastern Michigan University with special acknowledgment given to Terry Gruber and David Hoornstra for helping to share modern fencing and historical martial arts with countless learners spanning several decades, a true mark of excellence among those involved in any martial art.