Matt Easton is a martial arts teacher and
arms and armour researcher from London, now living in Guildford. His
weekly class 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. Matt is the director of FightCamp, one of the
biggest annual HEMA events. Matt is a founding member of the Historical
European Martial Arts Coalition. He is a qualified HEMA instructor,
recognised by both the British Federation for Historical Swordplay and
the British Combat Association. Currently Matt also runs a popular
historical warfare-related YouTube channel.
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, Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and
Sweden. Matt added British military sabre to his repertoire and started
teaching that at international events in 2008 and that has since become
his personal focus, though he maintains a keen interest in renaissance
Italian longsword fencing and still teaches that.
Matt attained a BA(hons) in Medieval
Archaeology and History from University College London in 2000, writing
his dissertation on the development of 13th and 14th century armour. He
has since lectured 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 has consulted on several TV projects
and been featured in various articles and publications, including
writing the introduction for Swordsmen of the British Empire and
publishing Elliott's Art of Attack and Defence in April 2014. He
is working on a number of other upcoming publications.
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 was
formerly a keen modern and longbow archer and now regularly shoots
historical muzzle-loading black powder firearms as a member of the MLAGB.
Paul runs SG9 in Manchester. He teaches
German longsword according to the Liechtenauer sources from medieval and
renaissance Germany, as well as other systems including 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
Colin is currently teaching dagger from the Fiore tradition and British
Military Sabre at SG6.