Keith Farrell

Keith Farrell

Brief Summary

Keith Farrell is one of the senior instructors for the Academy of Historical Arts, based in Scotland. He teaches HEMA professionally, often at international events, and has an interest in coaching instructors to become better teachers. He has authored Scottish Broadsword and British Singlestick and the AHA German Longsword Study Guide, and is one of the regular contributors to the Encased in Steel online blog. He has been a member of HEMAC since 2011, and was awarded a HEMA Scholar Award for Best Instructor for research published in 2013.

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- Teaching Experience
- Research, Editing & Collaborative Work
- Published Books
- HEMA Disciplines Studied
- Traditional Crafts Studied
- Musical Disciplines Studied
- Martial Arts Tournaments & Competitive Experience
- Qualifications, Awards and Achievements
- Rates and Fees for Hire

Teaching Experience

Keith has taught at each of the four major HEMAC events in Europe, as well as other large international events throughout the world:

- FightCamp (UK, 2011-2016)
- Swordfish (Sweden, 2011)
- HEMAC Dijon (France, 2012-2013, 2016)
- Dreynevent (Austria, 2013-2014, 2016)
- VI Torneo de Esgrima Antigua Torre de Hercules (Spain, 2013)
- IIº Allenamento con gli Appesi (Italy, 2013)
- St. Cergue International Gathering (Switzerland, 2014)
- Donnerschlag (Germany, 2014-2015)
- Pacific North West HEMA Gathering (USA, 2014)
- International Lowlands HEMA Gathering (Netherlands, 2014)
- HEMAC Florentia (Italy, 2015)
- Iron Gate Exhibition (USA, 2015)
- TaurHEMAchia (Italy, 2015-2016)
- Fechtschule Brugge (Belgium, 2016)
- Féile na Gaiscígh (Ireland, 2016)
- Swordplay (Australia, 2016)

He has taught at several national events throughout Scotland and the UK, including:

- AHA Loch Lomond (2008-2015)
- HEMAC Glasgow (2012-2014)
- AHA Vanguard (2009-2012)
- Dawn Duellists Society AGM (2012)
- Fechtschule Edinburgh (2012-2013)
- Fechtschule York (2013)
- Belfast Bladeworks (2015)

As well as teaching workshops at events, Keith is capable of teaching for an entire weekend, covering a particular subject in great depth, and providing an intensive weekend seminar for a club or organisation. He has run several such weekend seminars throughout Scotland and has also taught such seminars internationally, in countries such as France, Italy, Poland and Australia.

In addition to teaching groups of people, Keith has developed considerable experience providing private tuition on a personal and individual basis. His methodical approach to skill development and his knowledge of teaching models and theories creates a very healthy environment for swift personal development.

Finally, Keith has given presentations, lessons and workshops to develop teaching skills in up-and-coming martial arts instructors.

Published Books

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Farrell, Keith, and Alex Bourdas. AHA German Longsword Study Guide. Glasgow: Fallen Rook Publishing, August 2013. ISBN 978-0-9926735-0-5.

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Farrell, Keith. Scottish Broadsword and British Singlestick. Glasgow: Fallen Rook Publishing, October 2014. ISBN 978-0-9926735-1-2.

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Roworth, Charles; Ben Kerr and Keith Farrell (eds.). The Art of Defence on Foot, 1798. Glasgow: Fallen Rook Publishing, October 2014. ISBN 978-0-9926735-2-9.

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Angelo, Henry; Ben Kerr and Keith Farrell (eds.). The Guards and Lessons of the Highland Broadsword, 1799. Glasgow: Fallen Rook Publishing, October 2014. ISBN 978-0-9926735-3-6.

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Farrell, Keith (ed.). Encased in Steel Anthology I. Glasgow: Fallen Rook Publishing, March 2015. ISBN 978-0-9926735-6-7.

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Grant, James; Keith Farrell (ed.). Legends of the Black Watch. Glasgow: Fallen Rook Publishing, April 2015. ISBN 978-0-9926735-7-4.

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Chambers, Robert; Keith Farrell (ed.). History of the Rebellion of 1745-6. Glasgow: Fallen Rook Publishing, January 2016. ISBN 978-0-9926735-9-8.

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Keith Farrell (ed.). Memoirs of Serjeant Donald Macleod, 1791. Glasgow: Fallen Rook Publishing, May 2016. ISBN 978-0-9934216-1-7.

HEMA Disciplines Studied

- 14th/15th century German longsword (for duelling)
(main sources: Codex Hs.3227a, Codex 44.A.8, Talhoffer and Ringeck)

- 15th century German sword and buckler
(main sources: Lignitzer and Talhoffer)

- 15th century German messer
(main source: Talhoffer)

- 15th century German armoured combat (for duelling)
(main sources: Gladiatoria, von Danzig and Talhoffer)

- 16th century German longsword (for sport)
(main sources: the Kölner fechtbuch and Mair)

- 16th/17th century German dussack
(main sources: Meyer, Sutor, Codex Guelf 83.4 Aug.8º)

- 17th century Polish sabre
(main source: Starzewski)

- 17th/18th century Scottish broadsword and targe
(main sources: Page, McBane, Penicuik Sketches)

- 17th/18th century Scottish regimental broadsword
(main sources: Angelo, Roworth, Sinclair)

- 19th century British bayonet
(main sources: Angelo, Burton, Hutton)

Martial Arts Tournaments & Competitive Experience

2016 - 3rd place in the AHA Glasgow Broadsword Tournament
2016 - 1st place in the open steel longsword event, Edgebana
2016 - 1st place in the open synthetic longsword event, Edgebana
2016 - 2nd place in the open steel longsword competition, Féile na Gaiscígh
2016 - received award for "most technical fighter" in the Accolade tournament, Fechtschule Brugge
2016 - joint-2nd place in the invitational steel "Blossfechten" tournament, Fechtschule Brugge
2015 - 4th place in the open steel longsword competition, TaurHEMAchia
2015 - received award for "technical excellence" in the longsword events, Edgebana
2015 - 2nd place in the longsword cutting competition, Edgebana
2015 - 3rd place in the open steel longsword competition, Edgebana
2015 - received laurel wreath for most successful competitor across all three competitions, Craigmillar Castle
2015 - 1st place in the dussack competition, Craigmillar Castle
2014 - received award for "most technical fighter" in the open singlestick event, Pacific North West HEMA Gathering
2014 - 1st place in the open steel longsword event, Edgebana
2013 - 3rd place in the open steel longsword event, Edgebana
2013 - 2nd place in the open longsword tournament, Dreynevent
2012 - 2nd place in the open longsword tournament, Fechtschule Edinburgh
2012 - won a prize play competition, Fechstchule Edinburgh
2012 - 1st place in the RMAS open synthetic weapons tournament
2010 - 1st place in the GUCDS archery competition, AHA Loch Lomond 2010
2008 - 1st place in the GUCDS open weapons tournament
2008 - 2nd place in the Shoto Budo national solo kata competition
2007 - 2nd place in the Shoto Budo national team kata competition
2007 - 2nd place in the Shoto Budo national solo kata competition
2006 - 1st place in the Shoto Budo national team competition
2006 - 2nd place in the Shoto Budo national solo competition
2001 - 2nd place in the Shoto Budo national junior team competition
2001 - 2nd place in the Shoto Budo national junior solo competition
2000 - 2nd place in the Shoto Budo national junior solo competition
1999 - 1st place in the Shoto Budo national junior solo competition

Keith is also an experienced referee/judge for HEMA and has undertaken this role at several competitive events, including Swordfish, Dreynevent, HEMAC Dijon, the Pacific North West HEMA Gathering, the Iron Gate Exhibition, the TaurHEMAchia, and Edgebana. He has also officiated at several charitable fundraiser tournaments across Scotland.

In addition, he has experience competing in and judging at national karate kata competitions in Scotland.

Furthermore, from 2000-2006, he participated and placed in competitions for:

- chess (1st place, 2004)
- swimming (2nd place, 2004)
- long jump, high jump, sprinting (various places, 2001-2005)
- musical performance (1st place, 2004; 2nd place, 2005)

While these are not quite the same activities as martial arts, they still require competitive use of body and mind, and require different strategies to manage the stress of competition.

Qualifications, Awards and Achievements

2016 - completed the training for a Sports Injuries First Aid (level 1) certificate from St. Andrew's First Aid
2016 - elected "Honorary Vice President" for the Historical European Martial Arts and Classical Swordsmanship Scotland organisation 2016 - completed the "Heads Up! Concussion in Youth Sports" training for coaches from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention 2015 - joined the Advisory Committee for peer-reviewing the Acta Periodica Duellatorum annual journal, published by De Gruyters
2015 - completed the training for an Emergency First Aid at Work certificate from Stewart First Aid
2015 - awarded "Best Instructor for 2013" with Alex Bourdas in the HEMA Scholar Awards
2013 - passed the examination for level 1 coaching award for foil from the British Academy of Fencing
2012 - completed the training for an Emergency First Aid at Work certificate from St. Andrew's First Aid
2012 - completed the training for an Emergency First Aid at Work certificate from Stewart First Aid
2011 - received membership of HEMAC
2011 - received membership of the AHA Corps of Instructors
2010 - graduated with a BSc(Hons) in Computing Science from the University of Glasgow
2008 - achieved a 3rd Dan black belt in karate from Shoto Budo
2006 - achieved a karate instructor certification from Shoto Budo
2005 - achieved a 2nd Dan black belt in karate from Shoto Budo
2003 - achieved a 1st Dan black belt in karate from Shoto Budo