William Byrne is a professional woodworker and entrepreneur living in Mendocino County, California. He has been a student of Classical Italian fencing for the past 20 years.
William has had the opportunity to study and train with some of today’s leading fencing teachers in Classical Italian fencing. He was introduced to this traditional style through Maestro Dr. Gregory Hicks at Mendocino College, and so, was encouraged to attend the Fencing Masters Program at San Jose State University in 2007. This program was built on the pedagogy of the Scuola Magistrale Militare di Roma, under the direction of Maestro William Gaugler. There he studied with Maestri Ralph Sahms, Jenine Sahms, Daniel Williams, Gary Murray, and Jenifer Walton. He had the good fortune to train with Puck Curtis, Eric Myers, Tony Barajas, Kevin Murakoshi, Jeremy Tavan.
William received his Instructor at Arms in foil in May, 2008 followed by his Provost at Arms in December of the same year. The last ten years have been spent studying with and assisting Maestro John Sullins at FMCP, Sonoma State University, CA. Being able to train and learn Maestro Sullins perspective on traditional and classical saber technique as well as other classical and historical fencing methods has been a unique educational opportunity. The current focus and training is to teach the Military Saber technique of Itailan Masters Pecarro and Pessina, and the Dueling Saber style of Maestro Luigi Barbasetti.
William continues to teach and train at Engarde Fencing in Santa Rosa, CA with Prevost David Charles, under the direction of Maestro Sullins, and with Maestro Hicks at Mendocino College. He is the course coordinator for the Fencing Master’s Certificate Program at Sonoma State University.