Graeme Anderson


Graeme Anderson began formal lessons in Foil and Epee in 1975 and has been a member of various fencing clubs since then including the Hobart branch of the Stoccata School of Defence from 2004.
His primary interest is in the solo forms of the “Baton a Deux Bouts “ a French style in the Southern European half-staff tradition and similar forms and their possible applications. For the last 12 years he has been working on a private research project on this subject with the help of training partners and the kind advice of experts in the topic, and has also taught small group classes,as well as various publications on the topic.

Graeme is teaching the following class:

Matthew Boyd

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Matthew Boyd is the head instructor at Stoccata Launceston, Matthew has been studying and teaching martial arts (Chonjo 4th Dan, Hapkido 2nd Dan), gymnastics and a variety of sports for over 25 years. His tertiary study of Biomedical Sciences and Physical Education have strengthened his understanding of historical Western Martial Art principles.

Matthew is teaching the following class:

Michael Brown

Michael has been fighting with sword and shield for over 30 years and has been studying, instructing and obsessing over the 1.33 manuscript for the last 15 of them.

James Buchanan

James is the senior instructor at Fechtschule Victoria in Melbourne. James has been involved in HEMA since 2005 and has been teaching since 2013. James’s focus is on 15th Century Liechtenauer texts, both in the specific application of the techniques provided therein and the core principles that come through in Liechtenauer’s art of fencing.

James is teaching the following classes:

Daniel Collins

Dan Collins has been studying with Stoccata for 5 years and has been working with Montane for two years, having taught a term of the weapon at the Newtown branch.

Dan is teaching the following class:

Richard Cullinan


Richard Cullinan first formally studied fencing in 1997 under Peter Linich, Maestro di Scherma. Building on this classical foundation, he branched out into historical fencing systems, and is now the leading researcher and exponent of Renaissance Italian fencing systems within Australia, and recognised internationally for his research in Bolognese swordsmanship. Richard is a Provost with the Stoccata School of Defence, and the Chief Instructor of the Drummoyne branch. He has also qualified as an Instructor at Arms in Classical Italian School fencing through the Fencing Masters Certificate program at Sonoma State University, California USA. You can find his research at

Richard is teaching the following classes:

Adam Garden

Adam has studied theatrical combat for the last 6 years and has been taking class’ with Stoccata to supplement his skills and knowledge.

Adam is teaching the following class:

Stephen Hand


Stephen Hand started fencing in 1979 and in the mid 80s started exploring historical swordsmanship. In 1998 he and two colleagues founded the Stoccata School of Defence. Stephen taught at the first ever international HEMA event in the USA in 2000 and was the first Australian to win an international tournament, winning the WMAW rapier tournament against competitors from six different countries in 2001. Stephen has taught across North America and Europe and has published over twenty books and articles on HEMA.

Stephen is teaching the following classes:

Mark Holgate


Mark is the Head Instructor at Adelaide Sword Academy in South Australia, which is currently celebrating 10 years in 2017. His major interests are in 16th and early 17th century longsword and sidesword, especially Joachim Meyer’s works. He is a successful tournament fencer across multiple weapon forms, and has instructed throughout Australia and the US. Mark’s passion is for the embodiment and mastery of the Art at a grass roots level – master to student, and peer to peer.

Mark is teaching the following classes:

Lauren Ings

Lauren has been studying sword for a number of years. She can bend in ways that most humans shouldn’t. Stoccata Newtown have recently been using her bendy talents to improve our flexibility, range of motion and general performance before every class.

Lauren shall be teaching the following classes:

Peter James


Peter started training in Karate, Wing Chun, Bando Banshi Kick Boxing, and Tae Kwon Do in 1974, moved to Japanese sword work in 1987. In 1998 formed the WA School of Japanese Swordsmanship. He has studied extensively in tactical knife systems in America under James A Keating and others. He also studies Western Fencing and the history and application of the Rapier. In 2014 was inducted into the Australasian Martial Arts Hall of Fame. He has an extensive martial arts library and studies military history and associated strategy and tactics. Peter is also qualified in Engineering, Management, with a Masters in Business, Graduate Diploma in Adult Education and Level 4 Certification in Training.

Peter is teaching the following class:

Brett Kagan

Brett has approximately 10 years of martial arts experience, with the last two being exclusively focused on HEMA. While the majority of his study has been in various styles of Italian lineage in The School of Historical Fencing, located in Melbourne, he has made a personal study of Thibault’s lengthy work. Having recently completed a PhD in Neuroscience looking at fixing stroke related brain damage, Brett has a background that includes medical education along with learning and memory. Brett has a particular interest in combining the modern scientific approach and understanding of biomechanics with the historical treatises to optimise interpretations.

Brett is teaching the following classes:

Martin Kraskov

Martin has 18 years of experience in eastern martial arts, focusing in wing chun kung fu, kendo and systema, part of a living tradition of Russian Cossack heritage, encompassing aspects of cossack life with a focus on dance (Traditional cossack character ballet) and swordplay.

Martin is teaching the following class:

Stuart McDermid


Stuart McDermid is President of the Stoccata School of Defence and has been involved in Historical Fencing since 2002. Stu has a keen interest in principles based instruction and in getting to the core of systems to develop students with strong fundamentals. Stu has a (now lapsed) teaching qualification in Floro Fighting Systems under a direct Student of Tatang Ilustrisimo and has broad experience in a number of other martial arts. Stu’s passion is to take on students who don’t normally participate in sport of any kind and to help them enjoy human movement and the fun that comes with fencing.

Stuart is teaching the following classes:

Peter Radvan


Peter Radvan has been involved in both historical re-enactment and HEMA for over 30 years. He is one of the founders of Stoccata School of Defence and has been involved in teaching HEMA since the mid 1990s. His interest in spear and shield stems from his re-enactment background.

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Sebastian Seager

Sebastian is an assistant instructor at the Victorian Historical Combat Academy in Melbourne. His passion is the sabre fencing system of Giuseppe Radaelli and is actively involved in the history of this method and other contemporary Italian martial arts.

Sebastian is teaching the following class:

Paul Wagner


Paul Wagner is a founding member of the Stoccata School of Defence in Sydney, Australia. Paul teaches courses in Highland Broadsword according to Thomas Page, Single Sword, Buckler and Dagger according to George Silver, Rapier according to Joseph Swetnam, English Quarterstaff and English Longsword. He is a regular instructor at international conferences, including ISS, WMAW, VISS, the NZ Sword Symposium, PNW HEMA Gathering, Swordsquatch, and the BFHS Gathering.

Paul is teaching the following classes:

Gindi Wauchope


Gindi Wauchope has been teaching medieval and renaissance combat using a variety of weapons since 2010. He started teaching with the Society for Creative Anachronism, then Melbourne Swordplay Guild, and now runs his own school teaching regular classes on Fiore, Italian Rapier, and Bolognese fencing.

Gindi is teaching the following classes:

Kimito Wynn

Kimito Wynn has been the senior assistant instructor at the Adelaide Sword Academy since 2015 and has spent considerable time researching Meyer’s rappier to add to the school curriculum.

Kimito is teaching the following class: