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Christopher VanSlambrouck is a senior instructor, researcher and administrator with the Meyer Freifechter Guild, a Historical European Martial Arts group. For the last 16 years, he has had general interest as a HEMA scholar. But from 2009 onward he has specialized in the instruction of the techniques of Master Joachim Meyer, particularly in the use of the XVI c. German longsword. Chris has instructed all across the Midwest and in several foreign countries.
Michael Chidester is the Editor-in-Chief of Wiktenauer and, as Director of the Wiktenauer, an officer of the Historical European Martial Arts Alliance.
Michael has been studying historical European martial arts since 2001. He was a member of the Association for Renaissance Martial Arts until 2006, where he achieved the rank of general Free Scholar, and he acted as the ARMA Provo Study Group Leader from 2007 until its dissolution in 2009. Michael co-founded the True Edge Academy of Swordsmanship in 2009, and until late 2010 was senior instructor at its Provo, Utah branch.
In 2012, Michael was appointed to the newly-established position of Director of the Wiktenauer by the HEMA Alliance general council, formalizing the role of principal designer and editor that he had assumed in early 2010. As Wiktenauer lead, Michael has assembled the most complete catalog of HEMA manuscripts currently available, including such resources as scans, transcriptions, and translations, and is currently laboring to assemble a similar catalog of printed treatises. In 2013, these efforts earned him a HEMA Scholar Award for Best Supporting Researcher.
Michael has lectured on Medieval and Renaissance martial arts at the Historical Swordsmanship Symposium at the Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, Life, the Universe, & Everything: the Marion K. “Doc” Smith Symposium at Brigham Young University, and numerous HEMA events both in the US and Internationally.
Dustin Reagan hates bios. Writing them, and passing them on to event organizers/promoters. He made a challenge once to the whole world that he could double them out. He put up real money. Everybody chickened out. To this day, nobody has challenged him for said money.
Founder and principal instructor for the Sacramento Freifechter, Coach Elsner has been studying Joachim Meyer’s art since he was first introduced to it through photocopies of its woodcuts and badly translated text in 1999. In 2012 he founded the Sacramento Freifechter Historical Fencing Club and has worked to grow it into one of the largest clubs in Northern California. He believes in a holistic approach to Meyer’s art combined with modern pedagogical techniques for imparting skills to new students. While some consider this approach to be heretical he finds it effective in teaching people about Meyer’s art.
James Reilly began his study of martial arts in his early teens. His first focus was on western boxing, later moving on to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. At 20 years of age he joined the Armed Forces where he achieved the rating of Navy Chief in just over 5 years of service. He began his study of historical swordsmanship in 2009, after stumbling across the highly acclaimed documentary Reclaiming The Blade. He joined the HEMA Alliance as an individual member in 2011.
James is the Principle Instructor of the Wiscconsin Historical Fening Association, Kenosha-Racine. He uses the recital of Liechtenauer as the basis for his longsword curriculum, and has gained some notoriety for his work interpreting Joachim Meyer’s text on the longsword and Rapier. He is the founder and President of the Midwest Historical Fencing League, and has taught at historical fencing workshops across the United States. He holds the fechter rank by the MFFG in longsword, dagger and rapier, and is a free-scholar in the Historical Fencing Affiliates.
Adam is a three-weapon Fechter in the Meyer Freifechter Guild and a Free-Scholar of the Historical Fencing Association. He started modern olympic fencing in 2005, and has been active in HEMA tournaments since 2015, earning multiple medals in longsword and rapier. Adam earned a master’s degree in history in 2018, and uses his academic skills to study the martial culture of Early Modern Europe, with a particular focus on the Freifechter tradition of Germany, and Salvatore Fabris’ rapier system.
In 2017, Adam found the Lansing Longsword Guild, and has been an event organizer and instructor for the clubs in Michigan, and was one of the founders of the Midwest Historical Fencing League. He hopes to promote deep source study and healthy body mechanics to create skillful, crafty fencers that are, above all, fun to fence.
Matthew has studied various martial arts over the years, including Judo, Hung gar, and Vadha Kempo, but his interest in swords won out when he found out he could study swordplay for real. Since that fateful winter Saturday 4 years ago Meyer has been his passion. He trains at HEMAUC in central Illinois where he has been instructing for 3 years. Having descended from a clan of bards, he loves to facilitate the spread of knowledge and encourage and inspire others to be their best. As such, he has been working as the Guild photographer over the course of the last few years.