Active Instructors

Active instructors are either ranked or provisionally ranked instructors who are teaching independent classes at NYHFA branches. Although holding Rank 3 is required to be an active instructor, there can be exceptions in the absence of those holding such a rank when the instructor in question has demonstrated sufficient skill, knowledge and capability. 

The following instructors are listed in no particular order. 

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Jay Tsulis

Instructor, Longsword
Rank 3a
 

Jay started his HEMA studies with NYHFA and has been practicing since April 2015. He is a veteran of the international special operations community and uses the insights he acquired over combat tours in multiple theaters to increase his understanding of the art and spread that understanding to others.  

Tournaments

Longpoint Historical Fencing League 2018
Top 8

Long Island Point 2018, NY, USA

Top 8 Medalist, Open Longsword

Steel City Open, 2018, PA, USA
2nd Place Open Longsword

Wrath Point 2018, WV, USA
1st Place, Open Longsword

Long Island Point 2017, NY, USA
Tournament Champion
Technical Excellence Award
1st Place, Paired Technique

Fechtschule NY 2017, NY, USA
3rd Place, Longsword Biathlon

Fechtschule New York 2016, NY, USA
3rd Place, Longsword Biathlon
Finalist, Cutting

Workshops, Classes and Presentations

Fuhlen and Indes as One Principle, Long Island Point 2018
Fuhlen and Indes as One Principle, Wraith Point, 2018

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Steven Viani

Instructor, Longsword
Rank 3a

Steven Viani was one of the original members at NYHFA NYC. He currently teaches beginner longsword classes and assists with the teaching ofintermediate students at NYHFA's NYC branch.

Tournaments

Longpoint 2014, MD, USA
3rd Place, Paired Technique

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Peter Concannon

 Instructor, Longsword
Rank 3a

Peter Concannon has been interested in martial arts and medieval history since childhood. He has a background in judo, jujutsu and aikido. In college he studied under Dr. Steven Pearlman and began approaching the study of martial arts in terms of their fundamental and universal principles. He began studying Historical European Martial Arts, specifically Liechtenauer’s Kunst Des Fechtens, under Tristan Zukowski of the New York Historical Fencing Association in 2013 and shortly after began studying and teaching dagger combat, using the works of Fiore Dei Liberi and other medieval and renaissance masters as a guide and relying on his previous experience to interpret their intent. He began fencing competitively in late 2013.

Tournaments

Lord Baltimore’s Challenge 2018, MD, USA
1st place, Sidesword

Long Island Point 2017, NY, USA
1st place, Paired Technique

Longpoint 2017, MD, USA
2nd place, Paired Technique

IGX 2013, MA, USA
1st place, Basic Longsword

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Jeff Kim
Head Instructor, NYHFA Rensselaer
Rank 2


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Tournaments

Longpoint Historical Fencing League 2018
Top 8

Long Island Point 2018, NY, USA
2nd Place, Sword & Buckler

Iron Gate Exhibition, 2018, MA, USA

Combined Award (top ranking overall competitor)
1st place, Cutting

All's Faire HEMA Tournament, 2018, WA, USA
1st place, Open Steel Longsword
3rd place, Longsword Cutting

Queen's Gambit, 2018, NC, USA
2nd place, Longsword Biathlon
3rd place, Longsword Cutting

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Lu Torres

 Instructor, Longsword
Rank 3 (Provisional)

Lu started with NYHFA in 2014 and teaches our conditioning class, as well as classes in messer and study groups in saber and single stick. He will be soon be leading a harnisfechten study group.

Tournaments

Long Island Point 2018, NY, USA
Top 8 Medalist, Open Longsword

Clash of Claymores 2018, PA, USA
2nd Place, Open Longsword

Fechtschule Frisbee 2017, NH, USA
3rd Place, Open Longsword

Flower Point 2017, PA, USA
3rd Place, Open Longsword

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Jose Neves

 Instructor, Longsword
Rank 2

Jose Neves, a father of 3, started studying HEMA in late 2016. He began his training as a form of physical therapy, having lost much of his strength and coordination after suffering a stroke.  HEMA helped him recover almost completely, and in the process became his passion. Alongside his longsword studies, he is looking into styles and weapons from his native Portugal. 

Jose teaches the beginner class at the NYHFA North Saugerties location. 

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Dave Kaufman

 Instructor, Longsword
Rank 3 (Provisional)

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Tournaments

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