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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.

January 28 -29, 2017

Teaching a Stage & Screen Combat course for the East Stroudsburg University.

Had a blast at the October 2016 seminar:


This seminar will move in to more advanced unarmed techniques before putting together short bits of choreography. Day 2 will move in to Knife combat.

February 12th, 2017

Fight Call with a Broadway
Fight Director

The first Sunday Seminar of 2017 is
Fight Call with Ian Rose
So you’ve got yourself a callback, congrats! Now they want you to do a fight audition also. Are you prepared?Come learn what Ian Rose is looking for when holding a fight call! He’s fresh off working on the fights in the Broadway production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses with Liev Schreiber.

This special seminar will begin with you being put through a standard fight call so come prepared just like you would for a call back (ie bring a headshot/resume). After the fight call is done Ian will give you individual notes and discuss what is important during the process. Time permitting you will get an opportunity to try again.

You don’t want to miss this opportunity to meet a great in the industry and receive invaluable feedback on your performance. Fights choreographed by Ian have graced the London stage, Broadway, Off-Broadway as well as national commercials. With over 25 years experience in the “fight trade,” Ian has grappled with every type of venue in the art of stage or stunt combat. He is a Fight Master with the Society of American Fight Directors and Fight Directors Canada.

WHERE: Battery Dance Company, 380 Broadway (2 blocks south of Canal).
TIME: 12:30pm-4:30pm.


If registered before February 1st: $75.00:

If registered after  February 1st: $100.00:

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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.