Group - School of the Sword

Principal Style - Alfieri

Bio Edit

Phil Marshall is the lead instructor for the School of the Sword. He also holds the post of Chief Assessor for the BFHS instructor certification process. He has been studying in the School since 2004 and has been teaching for the last two years. In that time Phil has taught at several international BFHS and HEMAC events in the UK, France and Germany. He will be presenting our latest research at the SWASH event to be held at the Royal Armoury in Leeds in February 2009.

In 2008, Phil competed in the first ever world wide open rapier tournament in Germany, for which he was also the chief scorer.

Within HEMA, Phil has focused on the study of the rapier, sidesword and their companion weapons, but he has also studied the longsword and, to a lesser degree, the backsword and smallsword. Before learning the rapier, Phil taught sport fencing and Tae Kwon-do and practised Iaido and kendo. He also has an interest in other martial arts including Kung fu and Systema.

Phil’s current research interests included Alfieri’s La Scherma, Marozzo’s Opera Nova and the development of pedagogy within western martial arts.

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