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James Reilly began his study of martial arts at a young age. His first focus was on western boxing, later moving on to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. At 20 years of age he joined the Armed Forces where he achieved the rating of Navy Chief inside of 5 years. He began his study of historical swordsmanship in 2009, after stumbling across the highly acclaimed documentary Reclaiming The Blade. He joined the HEMA Alliance as an individual member in 2011.
James uses the the recital of Liechtenauer as the basis for his longsword curriculum, and has gained some notoriety for his work interpreting Joachim Meyer's text on the longsword and Rapier. He is the founder and President of the midwest historical fencing league, and has taught at historical fencing workshops across the midwest. He holds the fechter rank by the MFFG in both longsword and rapier, and is a free-scholar in the Historical Fencing Affiliates.Back to WHFA Homepage