Daria has trained in a variety of martial arts, most prominently in Karate Kyokushin (her main discipline for about ten years), with occasional forays into kickboxing, judo and boxing. She helped with coaching at her karate classes, and has a significant teaching experience in other domains (she is an academic teacher and a language teacher by trade). She enjoys the practice of martial arts, the military history across the ages, as well as the representations of warfare in myth and legend.
She began the practice of HEMA in 2010, after she arrived at the University of Glasgow to do her Ph.D. in English Language (Old English). Initially, she was most focused on German longsword, but she soon realised that she wanted to research Polish sabre, not only because of national sentiment, but also because of the inherent beauty of the weapon. This is currently her main field of research, but she is planning to expand into dussack as well.
Daria has taught lessons and workshops on Polish sabre at:
- AHA GUCDS classes
- AHA Loch Lomond 2012 and 2013
- AHA Vanguard 2012
- FightCamp 2012 and 2013
In addition she coaches at the AHA longsword classes run in Glasgow.
Research and Collaborative Work
Daria's research page can be found in the Research section of this website.
HEMA Disciplines Studied
- 14th/15th century German longsword (for duelling)
(main sources: Codex Hs.3227a, Codex 44.A.8, Talhoffer and Ringeck)
- 16th century German longsword (for sport)
(main sources: the Kölner fechtbuch and Mair)
- 17th century Polish sabre
(main source: Starzewski, pictorial evidence)
- 17th/18th century Scottish regimental broadsword
(main sources: Angelo, Roworth/Taylor, Sinclair)
HEMA Tournament and Competitive Experience
Daria has competed in a few tournaments around the UK. She is also a trained referee/judge and has undertaken this role at various competitive events in the UK, including Fechtschule Scotland. She has also officiated at charitable fundraiser tournaments across Scotland.
Qualifications, Awards and Achievements
- awarded "Best Rookie Researcher for 2013" in the HEMA Scholar Awards (2015)
- received membership of the AHA Corps of Instructors (2013)
- graduated with an MA in English Literature from the Jagiellonian University in Kraków (2009)