Jay will be teaching sidesword and rapier workshops over the two days. Mr Maxwell has been studying and practising as a martial artist for over thirty years, switching his focus to Historic European Martial Arts (HEMA) in 2004. He regularly teaches at high profile international events and in his competitive years was one of the top ranked HEMA fencers in the world. Starting his training in London and Oxford in British systems of swordsmanship, he quickly came into contact with the Italian schools and was taken by their elegance.
Jay was chosen to represent the UK HEMA community at the European Games in 2019. The games featured 200 events in 15 sports (23 disciplines). The organizers expected around 4,000 athletes from 50 countries. Ten of the sports offered qualification opportunities for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
In 2018 Jay helped organise one of the most successful British HEMA tournaments to date with the largest amount of sponsorship ever accrued for a competitive HEMA event. For 2019 this shall be expanded to include seminars and workshops with TV personalities and world leading authorities. He is also on the organising panel for the Albion cup, the English Sidesword Open and the Wessex league series, and has had the pleasure of seeing numerous former students compete at a high level.
Jay has primarily focused on the 16th through 17th century north-Italian combat methodologies and the influence these have had on the martial systems of the Holy Roman Empire. He is frequently to be found downstairs in the library at the Royal Armouries Wallace Collection transliterating or translating old fencing manuals. He runs displays, seminars and workshops on Historical combat practices and is a member of the Royal Armouries Arms & Armour Society.
AICS Historical Fencing and Reenactment National Coordinator
Federico will be co-organizing the event while also being part of our Judging Staff.
Long-time historical fencer (over 15 years of experience into Fiore and Bolognese) and passionate reconstructor and reenactor, he is a professional Historical Advisor for tailors, costumists and reenactment groups as ReenactmentAdvisor, while also teaching Military History at Università Primo Levi and having authored 6 published books on the history of costume (I Quaderni di Rievocazione, which are now course material at the European Institute of Design in Milan.
Federico is the present National Coordinator of the Historical Fecing AICS Area, and National Coordinator of the Reenactment AICS Area. He is also the Regional Coordinator for Emilia-Romagna for both Areas.
Fencing-wise, he's a well-scoring tournament fighter in Italy in multiple environments and a Lead Instructor and Chairman at Società dei Vai, where he teaches Fiore's Sword and Marozzo and Manciolino's Sidesword.
Between his educational efforts during the recent years, there is (among other things) a whole load of Conferences and Lectures about history and historical costumes, workshops, the SeminARS event last year, organizing guided tours in multiple Medial Museums and several educational events under the International Festival of History of the University of Bologna.
He is also the present coordinator of the National Civil Service digitalization project "DIgital Libriary of Historical Costume".
Jens Peter Kleinhau
Jens Peter Kleinau (nom de plume “Johann Paulus Kal”) will be teaching Longsword and Sword and Buckler fromt he german tradition. He is the instructor for one handed weapons at Zornhau since 2008, current elected Hauptmann of the New Marxbrüder, and instructor at the Fechtfabrik in Frankfurt, Germany.
His main studies since 1973 had been Fencing and Shotokan Karate, and in before Historical Martial Arts became his main focus, he was learning Tai Chi and Wing Chun. He is a member of Zornhau since 2005, in 2009 he joined a second HEMA club named Stahl auf Stahl, Frankfurt, Germany. In 2013 he founded the New Marxbrüder association in Frankfurt. Since 2015 he is teaching at the Fechtfabrik.
Jens P. transcribes, translates, and interprets the medieval and renaissance fighting manuals and publishes mostly at his well-known blog http://talhoffer.wordpress.com . He was awarded as Best Instructor by the HEMA Scholar Award 2017. His article on the iconography of fight book is currently the only academic work published on this regard.
Historical accuracy means to him, to research deeply into the context of the fight books. His research on the life on Hans Talhoffer has changed the way we look today at the fencing masters: not as stage gladiators but as honored masters of their art.
The art of fighting with the Langes Messer as explained by Hans Lecküchner was the key to unlock his understanding of the Liechtenauer concept. He identified three main traditions in the German treatises mutually influencing the other great European fencing schools.
Dario Alberto Magnani
THOKK - Historical Fencing
Dario will be co-organizing and sponsoring the event while also being part of our Judging Staff.
Better known as Thokk, he is an internationally sought-for instructor for his innovative work on Fiore dei Liberi's treatises and his ongoing implementation of it into a continuative early-northern-italian dueling system/tradition that spans as far as the middle XVI century and the transition to the rapier. As a resident, he's a lead instructor at Società dei Vai in Italy.
He has also been correcting, remaking or commissioning from scratch several manuscripts editions, between which Fiore's works, Vadi's "De Arte Galdiatoria Dimicandi", the anonymous pollaxe manual "Le Jeu de la Hache", Pietro Monte's "Della Palestra" and minor other corrections to previously published works. Some of these are already available to the public, especially the corrections, while others are coming to publication.
He's also an appreciated lecturer on the topic of medival warfare, who collaborated with SeminARS and with initiatives of the University of Bologna and the International Festival of History, and a proud reenactor.
In the HEMA scene he's also known as a gear designer and as the owner of Thokk - Personal Armor. (www.thokk-research.com)