Ethan Bateman


Beginning his training in HEMA in 2009, at the age of 14, Ethan Bateman has followed his zeal for Historical Martial Arts for nine years under the tutelage of Hotspur School of Defence Marshal, Robert Brooks.

During his training in Medieval combat with the HSD, Ethan developed a keen interest in later styles of fencing, particularly classical Eastern European sabre, military sabre and smallsword. Lately, he has been studying classical pugilism with the York School of Defence, whilst researching various forms of sabre in his own time.

In early 2015, at the age of just 19, Ethan achieved his British Federation for Historical Swordplay (BFHS) Instructor Level 1 qualification, leading a lesson on the use of the Polish sabre according to MichaƂ Starzewski.

Class Description:

An Introduction to Polish-Hungarian Sabre of the 17th Century

Introducing students to the Cross Cutting art of 17th Century sabre, as described in various texts from the period, and exploring the body mechanics of early fencing with a curved blade.

Students will need:

Arm guards
Sabre or appropriate simulator (deeper curves are better)