Study Group Leaders

Study Group Leaders are in charge of independent NYHFA chapters but have not yet reached sufficient rank to run an independent branch under their own authority or under the supervision of a senior instructor (see NYHFA Rank Structure). As such, their chapters are study groups and are led by study group leaders rather than head instructors.  Study group leaders are often far from NYHFA branches and have to work on their own to implement the NYHFA curriculum and maintain organization standards.  

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Eric Lowe

Study Group Leader, NYHFA North Carolina
Rank 2, provisional

After a brief stint fencing foil in college, Eric Lowe has been following his lifelong dream of studying Liechtenauer's kunst des fechtens since 2013.  He is the lead instructor of Swordwind, NYHFA's branch in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Workshops and Classes

Intro to Longsword, Queen's Gambit 2017
Cutting Mechanics as Binding Mechanics: Study in Steel 2017 


Iron Gate Exhibition, 2014, MA, USA
3rd place, open rapier


Jeremy Wolf
Study Group Leader, NYHFA Bard
Rank 2

Jeremy Wolf is a NYHFA student with a strong personal and academic passion for Medieval History and Martial Arts. He oversees the Bard College NYHFA study group, affiliated with NYHFA Kingston.


Jeff Kim
Study Group Leader, NYHFA Rensselaer
Rank 2

A novice less than a year into his HEMA career, Jeff started a study group at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in an endeavour to keep HEMA as one of the centerpieces of his daily life. When first exposed to Liechtenauer’s art, Jeff realized then and there that he had been looking for HEMA all his life. He now trains every day in an attempt to attain the leadership skills, pedagogical skills and the fencing aptitude becoming of a full-fledged HEMA instructor.


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