Pictured in descending height, our the three instructors for our Toronto chapter. Christian Cameron, Ian Brackley and Aurora Simmons. Here is a little about each of them.
Christian Cameron is a writer and historian, and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He has fenced and been engaged in Medieval and Enlightenment/Baroque Martial Arts since the age of eleven. He has also written more than twenty novels that are available in over twenty countries.
Ian Brackley received his introduction to the Historical European martial arts at the Linacre School of Defence, Oxford, UK in 2000. In 2001 he joined the re-created King’s Royal Regiment of New York where he advocated for the study of 18th century sword arts within the historical re-enactment community and provided displays to the public.
He was a student of history at Trent University, Peterborough. His studies focused on the culture and social history of Early Modern Europe and the Atlantic world. He presently teaches smallsword and backsword to beginning students while continuing to study the contexts in which the martial arts were practiced during the ‘long 18th century’ (c.1660-1815).
Aurora Simmons has been studying martial arts of various kinds since she was a teenager. She has reached the level of instructor in Jeet Kune Do, and has also studied Muai Thai, and Taekwondo in addition to nearly five years as a historical swords-woman. She finds martial arts to be an excellent tool of self-discipline and a fascinating physical and intellectual process. Professionally she is a goldsmith and craftswoman and an avid re-creator of historical artifacts.