Your Instructors

The AHF is run by the Thomas Brothers, co-founders of the AHF in 2006. We have a total of five instructors, with four in the UK and one in Portugal. All of our instructors have a wide breadth of knowledge and experience across a variety of weapons and systems. We teach and train with longsword, rapier, sabre, and sword & buckler, with an emphasis on British, German and Italian traditions.

The Thomas Brothers

Nick specialises in Italian rapier from Capo Ferro while Michael's focus is German longsword from the later sources such as Meyer. Both were among the first instructors in the UK to study these masters.

Tim Jones

Tim is a founder of the AHF, and one of our five fencing instructors, with a background in historical swordsmanship, archaeology and Classics.

John Washbourne

John is a founder of the AHF, and one of our five fencing instructors, with a background in historical swordsmanship, reenactment and modern sport fencing.

Rui Ferreira

Rui Ferreira is one of the founders of the Portuguese group Espada Negra – HEMA Study Group. He began studying Roworth, as well as other sources, in 2015 and was the first person in the Portugal to specialise on a military sabre source and has since then greatly contributed to the popularization of the weapon and system in Portugal.