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Donald McBane’s The Expert Swordsman’s Companion is Now Available!

Edited and Presented by Jared Kirby, Foreword by Ben Miller, Illustrated by Sarah Goebler, Transcription by Tony Mita, Hailey Angelico & Kirk Lawson

Donald McBane was a Scottish Highlander and one of the most accomplished duelists of the 18th century. During the span of his extraordinary career as a soldier, prize fighter, fencing master, and brothel manager, McBane took part in 16 battles, 15 skirmishes, and nearly 100 duels or personal combats. He published his book, The Expert Sword-Man’s Companion, in 1728 where he recounts it all. This new edition is a faithful transcription presented with meticulously restored illustrations.

The first section of McBane’s treatise covers the use of a large number of arms, including the backsword, small-sword, spadroon, quarterstaff, sword and targe, sword and buckler, Spanish rapier, Portuguese rapier, sword and dagger, Dutch knife, Lochaber axe, pike, halberd, falchion, sword and pistol, dueling pistol, and broadsword on horseback. No other known extant British fencing treatise published during the eighteenth century includes such an eclectic mix of weapons. McBane also includes a unique section on “dirty tricks” used by other swordsmen of the time, and methods of how to defend against them.

21p68-finalThe second section of the book is McBane’s memoir of his adventurous life, declared by one historian to be “possibly, the most ingenuous autobiography in the English language.” In this new edition, many of the incredible details related by McBane have been verified for the first time. McBane claimed to have fought a total of thirty-seven prize fights, but he provides few details about them, mentioning the name of only one of his antagonists. Thanks to the diligent research of Ben Miller, numerous specimens of McBane’s original challenges are included in this publication. These contests pitted McBane against some of the most celebrated gladiators of the period, including James Miller (who later authored a treatise on fencing), the infamous (and nearly undefeated) James Figg, and even Figg’s fencing master, Timothy Buck.

This books provides a fascinating glimpse into the mind, life, times, and combative techniques of one of the eighteenth century’s most unusual and formidable real-life characters.

To obtain your own copy, you can purchase directly from Amazon or if you’d like to support this work a little more, purchase from here.


April 1st-2nd, 2017

I will be at Elite Fencing Club México for a weekend of Capo Ferro’s Rapier! I look forward to delving in to his system and then applying it to fence other systems as well as the l’huomo bestiale

Deconstructing Capo Ferro
Day 1
Although Capo Ferro has not left us a “manual” to work from, his brilliant treatise hold the keys necessary to recreate his system of fencing while also giving a wonderful glimpse of contemporary fencing as well as the opinions of other masters. This weekend will give you guidelines to understanding how Capo Ferro presents information as we work on distilling his system from the source.

Class will begin with the posture and guard which are the foundation of all fencing. We will look at how Capo Ferro explains his guardia and where to find the information in his book. Using this information we will then assume the posture precisely as he describes and illustrates. Once in the proper posture, we will add the weapon and position it exactly as Capo Ferro describes in order to form his one and only guardia. From this guardia, we will examine how Capo Ferro prepares and executes an attack. Start with his footwork, we will analyze the passo straordinario in order to perform the precise mechanics of his unique ‘lunge’. Next, we will examine how to enter the fight and create tempo for your attack culminating in an examination of how to position ourselves to facilitate defense in the attack.

Day 2
Capo Ferro often tells us what to do when we know that our adversary is a fencer. In Day 2 we will focus on making the the most efficient choice to dispatch your adversary. We will move into making the appropriate decision based on what kind of fencer your adversary is. To do this we will look at attacking to draw a reaction from your adversary in order to actually hit them. We will look at the difference between the feint and the false attack and when to use each.

After we focus on using the Italian Rapier to fence another skilled swordsman, the focus will shift. More often than not, we are forced to use the rapier against ruffians and l’huomo bestiale (the bestial man). This workshop will focus on how to apply your fencing to deal with unpredictable sword slingers, vulgar fencers, and thugs.

Knowing how to manipulate measure to your advantage is instrumental to fencing the bestial man. Therefore we will look at drills to calibrate your sense of distance. After this we will move into applying your fencing against the “standard” tricks you will encounter as well as the vulgar fencers’ practices. Come prepared with problems you have encountered and we’ll address them.


April 1st – 23rd, 2017

Fight Director for Red Monkey Theatre’s production of SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE FINAL PROBLEM, Adapted by Tal Aviezer from the stories of Arthur Conan Doyle.
Holmes and Watson face a climactic confrontation with Professor Moriarty in what could be their final case.

Directed by Holland Renton

April 1, 2*, 7, 8, 9*, 21, 22, 23
Fri-Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm
Cahill Theater, College of Mount Saint Vincent
*includes post-performance q&a with writer & cast

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August 10th – 13th, 2017

Teaching at CombatCon: Where History and Fantasy Meet! in Las Vegas, NV.

CombatCon is many things, but first and foremost, it’s a good time.  The goal is to provide a fun, entertaining, and educational venue for folks who like Western Martial Arts/Historical European Martial Arts in any form, be it practicing them, reading about them in their favorite books, watching them in their favorite shows and movies, seeing them in their favorite comic books, using them in their favorite games, or incorporating them into their favorite costumes and characters.

To that end, CombatCon is a combination of a martial arts convention and a fan convention.  We have something for everyone, from taking part in martial arts classes, to interacting with famous people and super knowledgeable folks in panels, to watching movies, to dancing the night away at our ball.  Bring your costumes if you’d like, but don’t feel compelled to dress up if you don’t want to.  Really, CombatCon is just an excuse to get together with friends and fun people, learn some stuff, talk about some stuff, and have a really good time.


March 19th, 2017

Single Rapier (and Knife) with Gregory Hoffman

Working primarily with Single Rapier with an additional master class employing knives this one day workshop will focus upon how we may adjust physical character in support of the the character, text and context of the scene. To further facilitate this process we will work from both a pre-assigned scene for Single Rapier that will be required to be learned ahead of time as well as create a scene within our class time for our work with knives.

Once Registered you will receive a copy of the scene so please be off book for the seminar.

Gregory is a Master Teacher & Master Fight Director with Dueling Arts International. He is the founder of Dueling Arts International, a founding and honorary member of The Nordic Stage Fight Society and was a recognized Fight Director and Teacher with The Society of American Fight Directors for 15 years. He has been teaching and directing in universities, dramatic conservatories, and theaters in Europe, Asia, and the United States since 1984. Working as a producer, director and fight director, Gregory is the winner of numerous awards and has earned over 300 theatre credits during his career, in which he has worked with many notable artists such as Elizabeth Banks and Anika Noni Rose, Academy Award winners Holly Hunter and Olympia Dukakis, as well as Emmy Award winner Tony Kushner.

WHERE: Cap 21 18 West 18th Street Room 606
TIME: 10:00am-1:30pm
DATE: March 19th, 2017

If registered after  March 1st: $100.00: