This week's guest is the excellent Airrion Scott. I met Airrion at Lord Baltimore's Challenge in 2019, and he was scheduled to teach at an event in London this June- but Covid-19 had other ideas. You can find our conversation here, or wherever else you get your podcasts.
Airrion Scott is an Italian Rapier and Sabre Fencer and Instructor out of the Mid-Atlantic Society for Historic Swordsmanship in Annapolis, Maryland. Since joining them in 2016, Airrion has judiciously followed the methodology of the club which encourages the martial study of HMA through historically accurate techniques gleaned from the manuals and treatises, using historically accurate weapons. Airrion's study at MASHS has led him to become a proponent of the philosophy, “if you follow the text, you will prevail”; subsequently, he has reached the podium in tournaments in 2018 and 2019, earning Gold and Sportsman/Technical Prizes for rapier, rapier and dagger, and sabre play along the way. Airrion would not have enjoyed this success, or HMA in general, if it were not for his love of fantasy and the swashbuckling stories of stage and screen; his path to rapier and sabre began with a fascination with lightsabers and his involvement with The Saber Legion, a full-contact LED saber combat organization.