Internationally recognized European Fencing Master.

Jared teaches traditional Classical & Historical Fencing as well as Personal Defense & Knife. Come study a variety of historical European weapons or unarmed arts.

As a Maestro d’Armi (Master of Arms) through the  Martinez Academy of Arms, Jared is certified in the weapons of the school which include: Italian rapier, Spanish rapier, French foil, Italian foil, Italian dueling sabre, dueling sword, French small-sword, Traditional rapier, poignard, Contre-Pointe.  If you are interested in training on a weekly basis then please contact the Martinez Academy of Arms at

Currently the fencing instructor at SUNY Purchase and Sarah Lawrence College as well as the Leonia Rec Center, he also teaches on going classes in the Tri-State area. Mr. Kirby is the editor and one of the translators of Italian Rapier Combat, the first complete, professional translation of Capo Ferro. He wrote the introduction for, and edited The School of Fencing, one of the most popular fencing treatises of the eighteenth century, authored by Domenico Angelo and annotated by Maestro Jeannette Acosta-Martínez. Most recently The Gentleman’s Guide to Duelling was released in February 2014 and in January 2017 he released Donald McBane’s The Expert Swordsman’s Companion which marks Jared’s fourth publication. In 2021, Staging Shakespeare’s Violence (co-authored with Seth Duerr) was released in the summer and a 2nd Edition of Italian Rapier Combat was released in the fall.

He is also an Expert Knife Instructor through the School of Two Swords and teaches Personal Defense classes and private lessons on a regular basis.

Ongoing classes:

Other Training Opportunities


Here are Historical Accounts, Newspaper Clippings and Videos of duels throughout history.

Quotes from Historical European Martial Arts

Strength or Skill? What the historical masters & teachers said about brute strength vs actually training.