Assistant Instructors

Assistant instructors are either ranked instructors or high ranking students who are not currently teaching independent classes. Assistant instructors help run classes, cover for active instructors when they are absent and otherwise assist in the operation of the New York Historical Fencing Association.  

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Toby Hall

Longsword Instructor
Rank 3a

Toby joined NYHFA in 2014. In addition to his study of longsword, he brings with him a background in sport fencing and holds a nidan in Jujutsu. His primary studies cover Liechtenauer's 'Kunst des Fechtens' and sword and buckler of Andres Liegniczer & MS i.33. He has also picked up study of Figueiredo's Montante. He holds a degree in German Studies from Williams College, and takes great academic interest in reading and interpreting the various source materials in the original Middle High German.

 

Workshops, Classes and Presentations

Landing the Thrust, Shortpoint 2017
Landing the Thrust, Purpleheart Armory Open 2017

Tournaments

Purpleheart Armory Open 2017, TX, USA
1st Place, Open Longsword

Longpoint Historical Fencing League 2016
Top 8

Rocky Mountain Krieg 2016, CO, USA
1st Place, Rapier & Dagger
3rd Place, Sword & Buckler
4th Place, Open Longsword
Technical Excellence Award, Sword & Buckler

Shortpoint 2016, VA, USA
3rd Place, Open Longsword

Purpleheart Armory Open 2016, TX, USA
2nd Place, Rapier and Dagger

Washington DC HEMA Open 2016, VA, USA
2nd Place, Medieval Paired Technique

Iron Gate Exhibition, 2015, MA, USA
2nd Place, Open Mixed Weapons (Sword & Buckler)

Fechtschule New York 2015, NY, USA
3rd Place, Longsword Triathlon
2nd Place, Cutting
2nd Place, Paired Technique

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Tim Kaufman

Longsword and Sword & Buckler Instructor
Rank 3a


Tim joined NYHFA in 2013 as part of the first class at NYHFA NYC.  He comes from a stage combat background, and has since given that up in favor of a more martial approach.  Tim is NYHFA's Sword and Buckler instructor and teaches a curriculum based on the teachings of Andre Liegnitzer with bits from MS I.33 applied throughout.  He is also working with small study groups involving Paurñfeyndt's Longsword, Northern Italian Rapier, and Bolognese Swordsmanship.

Workshops and Classes

Intro to Sword and Buckler Class, Fechtschule New York 2016

Upcoming
Sword and Buckler Class, Shortpoint 2017

Tournaments

Longpoint Historical Fencing League 2016
Top 8

Longpoint 2017, MD, USA
3rd Place, Longsword Trathlon
2nd Place, Rapier and Dagger
2nd Place, Open Longsword

Fechtschule NY 2016, NY, USA
Top 8 medalist, LP League open longsword

Purpleheart Armory Open 2016, TX, USA
3rd Place, Open Longsword

Washington DC HEMA Open 2016, VA, USA
2nd Place, Hemathalon
2nd Place, Open Longsword
2nd Place, Rapier
2nd Place, Medieval Paired Technique
3rd Place, Arming Sword

Longpoint 2015, MD, USA
Honorable Mention, Open Longsword

Fechtschule New York 2014, NY, USA
2nd Place, Paired Technique

Shortpoint 2015, MD, USA
1st Place, Open Longsword

IGX 2014, MA, USA
1st Place, Cutting

Fechtschule New York 2014, NY, USA
3rd Place, Longsword Triatholon
2nd Place, Ringen am Schwert, heavyweight

Patrick O'Neil

Instructor, Longsword
Rank 3

Patrick was one of the first NYHFA members and is the second "oldest" current member after Mike Edelson. He joined in 2007, but a slew of long term deployments with the Army National Guard kept him from training full time until just a few years ago. He has a smattering of martial arts training, including Nihon Goshin Aikido, Tang Soo Do and Krav Maga. He has a background in Olympic fencing with some medals from small events and is also trained in US Army combatives, level one, and SCA rapier (but was never in the SCA!). He is the only known human to drink all night with Mike Edelson and not end up passed out naked in a bathroom.

Tournaments

Fechtschule NY 2016, NY, USA
Top 8 medalist, LP League open longsword
 
IGX 2013, MA, USA
3rd Place ­ Heavyweight Wrestling
  

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Sarah Oakhill

Assistant Instructor, Longsword
Rank 2, provisional

Sarah has had a long standing interest in medieval history and martial arts, but her passions
never came to fruition until joining NYHFA. She has been studying Liechtehauers Kunst des
Fechtens under the tutelage of Michael Edelson and Tristan Zukowski since 2012. She currently
teaches beginner longsword in the Hudson valley.  

Tournaments

Longpoint 2015, MD, USA
3rd Place ­ Paired Technique
 
Fechtschule New York 2015, NY, USA
3rd Place ­ Paired Technique
 
Fechtschule New York 2014, NY, USA
3rd Place ­ Paired Technique