Matt Easton is a martial arts teacher and
arms and armour researcher from London, now living in Guildford. His weekly
class is SG1 in Ealing, West London.
Matt has been involved with historical European martial arts (HEMA) since 1997
and has been teaching since 2000, establishing Schola Gladiatoria in 2001.
Schola Gladiatoria has gone on to become one of the most well-known HEMA groups
in Europe. Matt is the main organiser of
FightCamp, one of the biggest annual HEMA events. Matt was a founding
the Historical European Martial Arts Coalition.
Matt's historical fencing career started as a
student of The Company of Maisters, later joining The Exiles Company of Medieval
Martial Artists, of which he became co-director. During this time he began his
study of Fiore dei Liberi's treatises, assisting his Italian friend, Eleonora
Durban, to produce the first English translation of the Getty version of Fiore's
treatise 'Il Fior di Battaglia'. Matt started to receive invitations to teach at
international events and having already established a training group based in
Ealing, in 2001 Schola Gladiatoria was officially named and founded.
Since 2000, Matt has
taught his interpretation of Fiore's fighting system at events in the UK,
France, Italy, Austria, Germany, Poland and Sweden. Matt added British military
sabre to his repertoire and started teaching that at international events in
2008 and that has recently become his personal focus, though he maintains a keen
interest in renaissance Italian longsword and sword and buckler fencing. He has
presented to a wide range of audiences, from academics and museum staff, to
martial artists and the public. He has consulted on several TV projects and been
featured in various articles and publications.
Matt attained a BA(hons) in Medieval
Archaeology from the Institute of Archaeology (UCL) in 2000, writing his
dissertation on the development of 13th and 14th century armour. He has since
lectured on the development of arms and armour at the Wallace Collection, the
Tower of London, the Royal Armouries in Leeds, to the Armour Research Society,
the British Arms and Armour Society and at two International Arms and Armour
Conferences in Florence and Vienna. Matt's most recent published research is an
in-depth introduction to D.A.Kinsley's
Swordsmen of the British Empire.
Matt has ranked highly in several major HEMA
swordsmanship competitions, as well as winning the Glorianna Cup, the BFHS
longsword competition and the FightCamp Assault at Arms.
Matt is also an avid collector of antique weapons and runs
www.antique-swords.co.uk as part of his
collecting hobby. Previous to HEMA, Matt studied modern fencing (foil and sabre)
and kung fu. He has also been involved with longbow archery since the age of 16
and now regularly shoots historical muzzle loading firearms as a member of the
Paul runs SG9 in Manchester. He teaches
German longsword and 19th/20th century walking stick defence.
Paul began his martial arts career by studying various forms of karate and
aikido from the age of 12 onwards. He found HEMA in 2004, starting with rapier
and quickly going on to study the Liechtenauer medieval armed combat tradition.
He has recently branched out into the cane defence system of A C Cunningham.
He has taught workshops at international HEMA events in the UK and abroad and
runs the annual "Pas d'Armes" tournament at FightCamp.
Colin Fieldhouse runs SG6 in Bradford.
Colin has had an interest in swordsmanship since his mid-teens. Before finding
HEMA he took up modern fencing (sabre), before also studying Kendo at Bramhall
Kendo Club near Stockport.
Colin has been studying HEMA since 2003, initially with the KdF in Leeds where
he studied German Longsword and Sword and Buckler based on the I.33 manuscript.
In 2008 he was invited by Paul Bennett to help start a chapter of Schola
Gladiatoria in Bradford and became the assistant instructor to the group.
As well as helping teach at the school, he is also studying Fiore Dagger with
Neil Johnson of SG7. During his time spent studying in Bradford he has developed
an interpretation of Le Jeu de la Hache (in conjunction with G.
Richardson), which he presented at FightCamp 2010. He is also actively working
on an interpretation of the 1798/1805 Roworth/Taylor sabre manual which he is
currently teaching to students in Bradford.
Colin took second place in the 'Days of the Blade' longsword competition at the
Knight Shop, Conwy in 2010 and will be competing at FightCamp in 2011, where he
will also be involved in 4 martial challenges.
As part of his day job as a primary school teacher, he runs a weekly
after-school fencing club to teach sabre and longsword to 7-11 year olds.
Colin is currently teaching dagger from the Fiore tradition and British Military
Sabre at SG6.