The following people are splendid:
Jake Norwood, for helping us learn how to fence and teach, and being a pal when it wasn't convenient. And for being a gamer and for introducing me to Polish history and literature. And for the role he played in starting HEMA Alliance.
Jay Vail, for teaching me everything I know about daggers and ringen, and for being a pal when it wasn't convenient, and for being a bad-ass who throws kids out of the ring in tournaments.
Matt Galas for the research he's done and for constantly pushing us all to a higher standard. Fab, Matt, Gordon and all the guys who were in it for looking so cool on 'Reclaiming the Blade'. (with one exception)
"The Swedes", especially Axel and Anders, for doing more to contribute to a good fencing culture in the US than anyone else, and for sharing what they learned with the world.
"The Poles" for helping to push us longsword fencers collectively over into the world of steel, mainly by inventing gloves and good feders.
Matt for hosting this site, and for the documents and images he finds, Ariella for all the cool stuff she finds... Lyceum for helping me find stuff. Christian, Lenny, Robert and all my guys for continuing to keep our tiny fencing club going and posing a challenge to me mentally and physically every week. Carlos, Roberto and all the Mexicans for making a macuhitil and bringing luche libre into HEMA. Kel for showing me around the wonderful world of Toronto and introducing me to Fiore longsword. Many other people I've met on here who kept me entertained through long work-days...
And also everyone who took my class at FA !
"In the case of an ailing social order, the absence of an adequate diagnosis... is a crucial, perhaps decisive part of the disease." -Zygmunt Bauman
"With any luck we'll be in Stalingrad by winter. " - Anyonymous German soldier