Robert Brooks is a professional Historical Fencing teacher, founder of the Hotspur School of Defence and the current President of the British Federation for Historical Swordplay (BFHS).
As a teenager he became a keen sport fencer, studying under the reknowned Professor Pat Pearson and excelling in sabre. In 1994 Robert joined the fledgling Dawn Duellists Society in
Edinburgh, alongside Guy Windsor and Paul Macdonald, while studying at the city’s Napier University. The DDS went on to become one of the world's oldest and most respected HEMA groups and is still
going strong more than 20 years since its foundation. Robert was a founding member of the BFHS, serving as its Secretary from 1998 to 2004, and was elected President in September 2013. He is
also a fully-qualified BFHS Instructor and Assessor. In 2003, he established the Hotspur School of Defence, which has become a respected name within the international HEMA community for its
study of medieval combat treatises dating from 1389 to 1482. The School has a firm focus on German and Italian sources, teaching the following disciplines - longsword, messer, arming sword and
buckler, dagger, wrestling, pollaxe, and spear. MORE
MALTA HISTORICAL FENCING ASSOCIATION:
Founded in 2009 and launched to the public in 2011, The Malta Historical Fencing Association was set up to further the study, research and practice of Historical Fencing, and the rediscovery of the
European martial arts traditions that were practiced in the Maltese islands through the ages.
ALS Academy of Martial Arts is an academy to study Historical European Martial Arts and concentrates on the following:
- Rapier Sword & Dagger: The "Old School" Italian fencing systems of the Renaissance, mainly based on the Sidesword/Early Rapier - as the "queen" of all weapons - used together with a dagger or a gauntlet.
- Stickfighting: Walking stick and two handed stick from the XIX-XX century street defence styles. The use of the stick and the knife was typical of the lower classes until the XIX century.
- "Scherma da Terreno": The classical/duel Italian fencing; the "New School" as it was traditionally taught and practiced until the first decades of the XX Century. This is the foundation of the modern sport fencing. It is based on the Late Italian Rapier ("Spada all'Italiana"), the Sabre - both the military and the civilian one ("Sciabola da Terreno") - and the Duelling Epée ("Spada da Terreno") with "pointe d'arrét".
- Research on Body Mechanics, Psychology, Mindset: A proper study on body mechanics is a foundation of a healthy practice to attain efficiency regardless of our body composition, and to learn how to deal with stress and danger and the mind.
Budokwai ry is the oldest martial art school in Finland. It was established 16.8.1962.
The school first started as a Judo club under the name of "Turun judoseura" (The Judo Club of Turku). Karate was included to the club in 1970. In 1972, the name of the school was changed to Turun Budokwai. At this time Judo, Karate and Aikido were being practiced at the club. In 1990, Taekwondo was included to the selection of martial arts as well. In 1997 Aikido division left Budokwai and joined another team (Yamatokai) and in 1999 Judo division left Budokwai as well and established a new team. After that Budokwai ry has Karate (Wado-ryu) and Taekwondo divisions. Today Budokwai ry has its own well equipped dojo, one of the largest in Finland. In addition to the adult groups, there are also several training groups for children, starting from the 6 years of age. Budokwai is glad to co-operate also with other styles of Karate and other martial arts. This includes for example Brazilian Jujutsu, Knife Fighting techniques and Razmafzar.