It all started at a little HEMA club in Killeen....
I began my HEMA journey in 2017 with the Schlüssel Historical Fencing Group, where my instructor, Tom Morin, introduced me to sword and buckler. After many dedicated classes working with Tom Morin on interpreting I.33, I found myself in Fort Worth, joining Vier Blössen Historical Fencing and starting my own sword and buckler class.
While continuously refining my curriculum for my classes, I researched numerous topics, including the history of I.33 and sword and buckler. I believe it is impossible to fully interpret any system without first understanding the world in which it was created. As time went on, my students became increasingly interested in the historical side as well as advice for their own HEMA journey. Thus came the idea of the Funky Buckler.
Along with general I.33 and history-related content, Funky Buckler has expanded to a range of topics such as product reviews, book reviews, and interviews. Funky Buckler has also conducted numerous workshops and historical demonstrations designed to educate people on techniques and history.
One of my favorite parts of Funky Buckler is the ability to teach new people. It brings me great joy to help others study sword and buckler and to make engaging content that people find interesting and informative. I love making history and learning fun for people of all ages.
While medieval sword and buckler is my favorite system to study, I also practice Italian longsword, messer, and British military sabre. After all, the HEMA tournament scene would be rather small if I only competed in medieval sword and buckler! These other weapons have given me wonderful opportunities to meet other HEMA practitioners and discuss their philosophies, preferred systems, and ways they approach HEMA.