CombatCon is extremely sad to announce that Ken Pfrenger passed away on 6/5/2016. One of our most beloved instructors, many of us were looking forward to seeing and working with Ken this year. He was not only highly skilled and knowledgeable, but also a generous and talented teacher who played an important part in helping shape the Western Martial Arts revival. Ken will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
A bit about Ken:
Ken Pfrenger was a hopologist from Northeast Ohio who had a background in teaching Muay Thai, JKD concepts and the Filipino Martial Arts (FMA). Several years ago his focus changed from the Asian arts to the Western Martial Traditions of Europe and the United States. He devoted most of his time researching the Martial Traditions of the various Celtic cultures, from Irish Collar and Elbow wrestling and stickplay to Cornish Close Hugg wrestling. To this end, Ken served as Director of Cumann Bhata, an organization founded in 2000 to promote the study and research of stickplay common in the Irish Faicseanaíocht (faction fighting) through teaching, seminars, and publication. He was also one of the founding members of CMARS (Celtic Martial Arts Research Society) and worked on a training manual for those who have a further interest in the Irish style of stickplay. An avid boxing fan since a young age, Ken had been seriously studying the science of manual defense for many years. His recent focus was on the techniques and fighting concepts of pugilists from the late 18th to the late 19th centuries.