Master Class: McLemore Tactical and Big Knife Certification

School of Two Swords McLemore Fighting System Intermediate Level Certification Exam Tomahawk/Knife, Bowie/Large Knife, Tactical Knife This 6 hour master class/examination will review the Basic and Intermediate level skills of the McLemore Fighting System that is the basis of the School of Two Swords curriculum. It is designed to prepare the student to take the […]

Apaches in Paris? Defense Against the Vicious Street Gangs of Paris

“By 1874 Paris was swarming with vagabonds. Consisting mostly of juvenile delinquents, these ten thousand or so ruffians would evolve into a new generation of street-fighter, banding into a gang which came to be known as the Apache.” (Excerpted from The Dirty Tricks of the French Apache By Craig Gemeiner) The word “Apache” (pronounced “ah […]

Early 20th Century Street Defense

In the late part of the 19th century and the early part of the 20th the early part of the major cities of Europe especially, London, Paris were ridden with street crime mostly unchecked by the local authorities.  The gentlefolk of the time turned to the salles and fencing schools of the time to develop […]

New Orleans Dueling Bowie Knife

This class is based on the dueling traditions of pre-civil war New Orleans and inspired by the great fencing masters of the French Quarter such as Don Pepe Lulla. Required Equipment: Participants in this class should bring a Cold Steel Bowie knife trainer. To get the most benefit from this class you will also need […]

Polish Saber

Richard Marsden, author of, “Polish Saber” covers the history of 17th century Poland and explores the use of the Polish saber. The class includes historical games as well as the use of numerous techniques from this re-constructed art. Equipment: None needed, but if you wish to play some of the games and work on the […]


Pugilism is the sport of bare knuckle boxing, coming from the English tradition, and popular around the world in previous centuries. In this class we will start with basics and build up into moderate technical skills, giving you a flavor of Broughton-era pugilism. Required Equipment: None

The Irish Stick

This class will show the Irish Stick as taught to me by Ken Pfrenger. We will explore this weapon as an everyday carry at its time in history and techniques that will show ow to use the Irish Stick as a means of self-protection. Required Equipment: Either a Shillelagh or walking cane will do. Skill […]

Spanish Rapier: A Practical Approach

Spanish swordsmanship, La Verdadera Destreza, has for too long been associated with a needless mystique. This class will remove much of the mystery and adhere to a totally pragmatic combative approach. All Spanish technical terminology will be dispensed with as much as possible. This will be a fast paced class dealing with this subject in […]

Key Elements of French Small Sword

The fundamental principles of the French school of small sword will be demonstrated. The key elements of French small sword theory will be interwoven within the intensive drills that will be practiced. The class will consist of full contact drills; therefore proper safety equipment is required. Required Equipment: Small-swords, gloves for both hands, masks, jackets, […]