Graeme Anderson

Independent Researcher, Stoccata School of Defence


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 solos training exercises for the “Baton a Deux Bouts “ a French style in the Southern European half-staff traditions in particular the French/Savoyard/Milanese tradition 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 as part of a research group interested in Cerri’s Bastone and has also taught small group classes. As a result of this he is the author of Mediterranean Walking Staff Fencing – A training manual for “ambidextrous” hand and grip swapping styles October 2015) and Self defence with the French Quarterstaff:Solo exercises for the Bâton à deux bouts (2017). Self Defence With The Double Ended Staff In France and Italy currently hosted as guest articles by the Meyer Freifechters and Solo exercises for the Bâton à deux bouts and Bastone (2019)

Graeme is teaching the following class:

Matthew Boyd

Stoccata School of Defence, Launceston & Longford

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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 classes:

James L Buchanan

Fechtschule Victoria

James started studying HEMA in 2005 with Melbourne Swordplay Guild. He started teaching in 2013 under their auspices before forming Fechtschule Victoria in 2015. His primary area of interest is the Liechtenauer corpus of longsword training, which he has been studying since 2007 and actively teaches at FSV.

James is teaching the following class:

  • Fencing the Five Words

Kezia Baxter 

Stoccata School of Defence

Kezia started HEMA in 2017 and has brought her Shashka along to every class since, regardless of how appropriate it was for the lesson. Her enthusiasm for the weapon has spread to many of her HEMA friends and she prides herself in her ability to make people feel comfortable enough with the sword to try sparring with it after only 20 minutes of instruction.

She has recently started testing dual wielding and is looking forward to many more ridiculous bouts in the future.

Kezia is teaching the following class with Dan Collins:

Daniel Collins

Stoccata School of Defence

Dan has been with Stoccata for 6 years and has been teaching Montante for 3. Recently he has begun to explode Napoleonic and Eastern sabre traditions.

Dan is teaching the following class with Kezia Baxter:

Richard Cullinan

Stoccata School of Defence, Drummoyne & Rhodes


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 & Rhodes branches. 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:

Stephen Hand

Stoccata School of Defence, Hobart


Stephen Hand has been fencing for 40 years this year, starting in historical re-enactment and then studying modern fencing and kendo, before discovering the historical treatises in the mid-80s. Stephen published his first analysis of Saviolo’s rapier system in the late 1990s and since then has published five books on historical fencing and has taught around the world. In 1998 Stephen founded Stoccata, along with Pete Radvan and Andy Brew.

Stephen is teaching the following classes:

  • Time and distance and how they effect choice of action and even system in rapier fencing
  • Principles of Timing in Fencing (Mixed weapons)

Mark Holgate

Adelaide Sword Academy


Mark is the Head Instructor at Adelaide Sword Academy in South Australia. 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 class:

Lauren Ings

Stoccata School of Defence

With a background in circus, aerials and a love of biomechanics, Lauren is always happy to encourage stretching. Over the last few years, she has managed to combine her love of HEMA and stretches together to create stretch workshops for HEMA-ists. She currently runs warm ups at the Newtown (and sometimes Rocks) branch at Stoccata School of Defence.

Lauren is leading the warm up and cool down stretching classes (aka Get Bendy with your Friendys) each day.

Mady Kelly

MSS – Melbourne Fencing Society

Madeleine has been fencing in the HEMA community for five years. Her focused is on German longsword following Liechtenauer’s art of fencing. She is an accomplished tournament fighter, competing and placing in women’s and open longsword tournaments. She is also passionate about growing women’s presence in the Australian HEMA community, and to that end, initiated and co-ran the first women’s longsword class run by women in Australia in 2018. She now trains with Melbourne Fencing Society as well as privately coaching and training other women in Melbourne.

Mady is teaching the following class:

Toby Lunn

Big Tree Combat Club

Toby Lunn is the head instructor at Big Tree Combat Club in Sydney. Probably the most active HEMA competitor from NSW in recent years , Toby is the 2 time NSW AHFL champion with regular podium finishes in longsword and single sword tournaments. Focusing on early KDF materials combined with over 20 years in unarmed combat, Toby teaches a practical , no nonsense style of German longsword with a particular focus on combat effective use of meisterhau and wrestling.

Toby is teaching the following class:

Shay McAulay

School of Historical Defence Arts

Shay has been studying and teaching Martial Arts in various forms for over 20 years. He is currently a Provost with the School of Historical Defence Arts and teaches Longsword and Rapier. He is also a student of Yang Family Tai Chi with Black Lion Martial Arts in Brisbane.

Shay is teaching the following class:

  • When Fiore met Yang Luchan

Stuart McDermid

Stoccata School of Defence, Baulkham Hills & Strathfield


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:

Nelson McGuigan

Melbourne Messer Club

Nelson is a lifelong martial artist, dedicating himself to training and studying as much as he can since as long as he can remember. His primary focus is fencing with the Messer, a machete-like short sword, which not only includes striking, but also extensive disarming, throwing, and joint-locking techniques. In 2016 he founded the Melbourne Messer Club to give a home to those who wanted to learn the style, going on to interpret all 432 techniques of Leckuchner’s Messer with his senior students. Nelson prides himself on delivering coaching that is effective for increasing his student’s ability to fence competitively, so that their practice has use and reward.

Nelson is teaching the following classes:

Ryan May

Stoccata Strathfield

Ryan has been training with Stoccata Baulkham Hills and Strathfield since 2016, focussing primarily on Joachim Meyer’s Dusack, Rapier and Rapier & Dagger.

Ryan is teaching the following class:

  • There is also a dagger!

Peter Radvan

Stoccata School of Defence, Blue Mountains & Epping


Peter Radvan came to Historical Fencing by way of Historical Re-enactment. He joined the Ancient and Medieval Martial Arts Society in 1982, and historical combat arts have always been central to his interest in re-enactment. He assisted in starting the Stoccata School of Defence with Steve Hand and Andy Brew in 1997, where he holds the rank of Provost in Short Sword. Apart from Silver’s Short sword, he has some familiarity with German Longsword, English Longsword, Sword and Buckler according to Ms I.33, Quarterstaff, Bolognese Rapier and Dagger, Sword and Dagger, Sword and Buckler and Sword and Rotella. He has a special interest in European Dark Age combat, particularly Spear and Shield.

Peter is teaching the following class:

Linda Ramsbottom (aka Lindoret)

Stoccata Drummoyne

Lindoret is a professional educator, instructional designer and coach with over 20 years experience in sword martial arts. This includes over 10 years studying the Bolognese school with Richard Cullinan. Lindoret is a Provost and recognised rapier fencing trainer in the SCA with a strong focus on training development and coaching to improve performance.

Linda is teaching the following class:

Michal Sadowski

CWH Esillon

I’m a fighter of over 20 years experience, and a sabre, and sword & shield teacher over the last 15 years. I fight in many systems – viking, late medieval HMB, LARP, modern sport fencing, HEMA but my specialisation is Polish XVIIc sabre, and full contact sword and shield. Favourite weapon – sabre.

Michal is teaching the following class:

Paul Wagner

Stoccata School of Defence, Epping, Newtown, Sydney


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

The School of Historical Fencing


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 at The School of Historical Fencing.

Gindi is teaching the following classes:

James Wran

Brisbane Swords

Training in Martial Arts since the age of 8, starting with traditional Goju Ryu Karate, and studied various Eastern Martial Arts. Teaching qualifications in Goju Ryu, Shotokan, Bujinkan BudoTaijutsu.
Training in HEMA since 2000, cofounder of School of Historical Defense Arts, and Head Instructor of Brisbane Swords, teaching Saviolo, Fiore, Vadi, Lignitzer, i33, Lekuchner, and Baratero Navaja.

James is teaching the following class:

  • Vadi: Double meanings, second intentions, both sides