Our Instructors

Ben Strickling - Head Instructor, KdF Head Ben Strickling has been studying Historical European Martial Arts for over a decade. In that time, he’s been instrumental in helping foster interest in Historical European Martial Arts throughout North Carolina. He’s currently the head-instructor for Triangle Sword Guild and is primarily responsible for the development of the club’s Liechtenauer-based curriculum. Ben has had a number of competitive wins in historical fencing, including first place wins at the Meyer Open, SERFO, Kriegs-schule, Study in Steel, and back-to-back gold medal wins in dagger at Iron Gate Exhibition. He’s also won silver medals at Longpoint, Fechtschule New York, and the Pacific North West HEMA Gathering. Ben has also taught seminars in MS I.33 sword and buckler, longsword, spear, and medieval dagger.

Ben Strickling - Head Instructor, KdF Head

Ben Strickling has been studying Historical European Martial Arts for over a decade. In that time, he’s been instrumental in helping foster interest in Historical European Martial Arts throughout North Carolina. He’s currently the head-instructor for Triangle Sword Guild and is primarily responsible for the development of the club’s Liechtenauer-based curriculum. Ben has had a number of competitive wins in historical fencing, including first place wins at the Meyer Open, SERFO, Kriegs-schule, Study in Steel, and back-to-back gold medal wins in dagger at Iron Gate Exhibition. He’s also won silver medals at Longpoint, Fechtschule New York, and the Pacific North West HEMA Gathering. Ben has also taught seminars in MS I.33 sword and buckler, longsword, spear, and medieval dagger.

Rory Cullen - Renaissance Program Head Bringing nine years of experience to his study, Rory's focus is on the sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Italian masters. His graduate studies in physical therapy provide a lens through which to reconstruct the source material, as well as an aid for the development of a healthful and complete martial arts practice.  

Rory Cullen - Renaissance Program Head

Bringing nine years of experience to his study, Rory's focus is on the sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Italian masters. His graduate studies in physical therapy provide a lens through which to reconstruct the source material, as well as an aid for the development of a healthful and complete martial arts practice.

 

Casper Andersen - KdF Instructor Casper hails from Denmark, but has lived in the U.S. since 2006. He has a background in Judo and Shotokan Karate with a combined 11 years of experience in addition to his HEMA practice. Casper joined up with TSG in 2011 and is currently on the TSG board of directors as well as being an instructor and part of the TSG mentorship program and social scene. He is involved in the international HEMA community, attending many events all over the U.S. and in Europe, both as a successful competitor and as a guest instructor. He believes we all will benefit from sharing TSG's training methods with others and bringing home new ideas and drills to share with the group in order to develop our own understanding of HEMA.

Casper Andersen - KdF Instructor

Casper hails from Denmark, but has lived in the U.S. since 2006. He has a background in Judo and Shotokan Karate with a combined 11 years of experience in addition to his HEMA practice. Casper joined up with TSG in 2011 and is currently on the TSG board of directors as well as being an instructor and part of the TSG mentorship program and social scene. He is involved in the international HEMA community, attending many events all over the U.S. and in Europe, both as a successful competitor and as a guest instructor. He believes we all will benefit from sharing TSG's training methods with others and bringing home new ideas and drills to share with the group in order to develop our own understanding of HEMA.

 
Jim Bono - KdF Instructor Jim has been studying Historic European Martial Arts with TSG since 2013. He was the first of TSG's students to complete both fundamentals and core prize plays, paving the way for most other TSG members. He is now in charge of the KdF Fundamentals curriculum.

Jim Bono - KdF Instructor

Jim has been studying Historic European Martial Arts with TSG since 2013. He was the first of TSG's students to complete both fundamentals and core prize plays, paving the way for most other TSG members. He is now in charge of the KdF Fundamentals curriculum.

 

Assistant Instructors

Véronique McMillan

Véronique McMillan

Ben Hobgood

Ben Hobgood

Andrew Magee

Andrew Magee

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