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Braun Mcash

“I’ve been in the professional violence business now for roughly 40 years and am really juststarting to appreciate how much I don’t know. I think the first step one takes towards knowledge is being able to admit your ignorance and approach your art with appropriate humility. This is especially true when you’re dealing with the safety of actors, or presuming to teach students self-defense. The day you claim to know it all is a tacit admission of hubris and delusion. Therefore, a day without critical self-examination or review of what you think you know, or without discovering the smallest new grain of knowledge, is a day wasted.

My philosophy? As usual, others have said it better:

“I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.” Thomas Carlyle

“A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.” G. C. Lichtenberg

“A man who wastes one hour of time is one who has not discovered the value of life.” Charles Darwin

“Loyalty to a petrified opinion never broke a chain or freed a human soul.” Mark Twain

And barring that, don’t bring a knife to a gun fight!”

– http://theringofsteel.com/?page_id=13

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“Devon Boorman

Devon BoormanDirector and Maestro d’Armi

Devon Boorman practiced martial arts for more than 20 years. Starting first with Asian martial arts, including Kung Fu and Arnis, Devon discovered western swordplay through the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) which connected him with a burgeoning community of martial artists and scholars studying Historical European Marital Arts throughout the world.

Devon has travelled extensively, first as a student, then as a competitor, teacher, and researcher. He has won more than 40 European martial arts competitions, and worked on both stage and screen as a stunt person and choreographer. Devon is actively involved in the translation, interpretation, and revival of Western Martial Arts from surviving historical manuals, some of which are on display at his school.

Devon’s expertise centres on the Italian swordplay tradition including the arts of the renaissance Italian rapier, sidesword, and longsword, as well as knife and unarmed techniques. He has taught workshops and seminars throughout the world on both the study and practice of historical techniques and on practical combat implementation.

Devon is the co-founder and director of Academie Duello, which has been active in the Vancouver area since 2004. Under his leadership the school has become a centre for swordplay with over 200 active students, a store, and an arms and armour museum. The Academie is currently the largest WMA centre in the world; a model that Devon hopes to help others achieve as the Western arts grow in popularity.”

http://www.academieduello.com/school/about-the-school/staff/academie-duello-instructors/director/