For me, study of the sword and its related arts is more than a passion: it is an all-encompassing approach to life. Training since 15 while performing fight shows throughout New England, I met several early HEMA pioneers and began studying the works of medieval and Renaissance masters. I set my course as an academic and educator, working at the Higgins Armory and other museums before journeying to England to complete my MA in Medieval Studies. I joined the Royal Armouries Museum, rising over five years to become Curator of Tower Collections at the Tower of London. In 2015 I was awarded the Arms & Armour Heritage Trust Studentship to complete a PhD focusing on late medieval martial arts at the University of Southampton, which I completed in 2018.
In parallel, I have undertaken in-depth study and practice of diverse traditions including Wudang Taijiquan and Internal Arts, the arts of strategy and governance, European and Asian Philosophy, the Ars Memoriae, and meditation. These have enriched my personal practice and helped expand it from pursuit of an interest into a way of living.
The School of Mars is my way to share my research and help others who wish to walk this path.