Blair has trained in several different forms of martial art since 2002, holding a support / coaching role in many of them. Though he mainly trained in the oriental arts, Blair has always had a passion for European history and warfare.
He began his HEMA career in late 2010, joining the Abertay Renaissance Martial Arts Society in its infancy. He quickly became the group's drill instructor and assumed a teaching role as the society began to grow. With Jonathan Spouge's departure from RMAS in 2011, Blair became a full instructor, assuming the position of "Commander", helping to shape one of the largest clubs in the Academy.
Although trained in a multitude of weapon systems, Blair's primary disciplines are German Longsword and Italian Dagger. He also has a keen interest in a variety of knife / dagger work, halfsword and unarmed combat.
In 2013, Blair opened the School of European Combat in Fife and hopes to see it soon grow into another flourishing Academy club.
Prior to his HEMA career, Blair often provided coaching / teaching assistance in other martial arts.
Blair has taught regularly at the Renaissance Martial Arts Society and now also at the School of European Combat.
He has also taught at the Academy's annual Loch Lomond event.
HEMA Disciplines Studied
- 14th/15th century German longsword (for duelling)
(main sources: Codex Hs.3227a, Codex 44.A.8, Talhoffer and Ringeck)
- 14th/15th century Italian dagger
(main source: Fiore)
- 15th century German armoured combat (for duelling)
(main sources: Gladiatoria, von Danzig and Talhoffer) - Varying degrees of study in several forms of unarmed fighting / grappling.
Blair has also studied some archery and other missile weaponry.
Qualifications and Achievements
- received membership of the AHA Corps of Instructors (2013)
- graduated with a BSc(Hons) in Computer Games Technology from the University of Abertay Dundee (2011)
- received a commendation for training with Ta Kwon Do World Master, Ha Xuan (2009)