|Jared Kirby first became involved in Western Martial Arts and Combat for Stage & Screen in 1995. Beginning his studies of historical fencing in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Mr. Kirby moved to Scotland in order to study with Maestro Paul Macdonald. He then moved to New York in 1999 to study at the Martinez Academy.In December of 2003, he was certified as an instructor in Spanish and Italian rapier, 2008 in French foil, 2011 in Italian foil & dueling sabre and January 2012 in dueling sword. Mr. Kirby has traveled extensively to assist the Maestros at seminars and workshops such as the Redwoods Rapier Camp. He also teaches at a variety of workshops such as the Paddy Crean International Art of the Sword Workshop, the International Swordfighting and Martial Arts Convention (ISMAC), and the Western Washington WMA Workshop. He has been asked to teach across the US and in countries around the world, including Canada, England, Scotland, Finland and Italy.Currently the fencing instructor at SUNY Purchase, he also teaches a Combat for Stage and Screen class in New York City. He continues to serve as the co-coordinator of the International Swordfighting and Martial Arts Convention in Detroit, Michigan. This workshop, created in 2000, brings together the finest instructors from around the world for one of the largest annual Western Martial Arts workshops.
Mr. Kirby is the editor and one of the translators of Italian Rapier Combat, the first complete, professional translation of Capo Ferro. He wrote the introduction for, and edited The School of Fencing, one of the most popular fencing treatises of the eighteenth century, authored by Domenico Angelo and annotated by Maestro Jeannette Acosta-Martínez.
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