Princes and Lords learn to survive with this art, in earnest and in play. But if you are fearful, then you should not learn to fence. Because a despondent heart will always be defeated, regardless of all skill.

- Fechtmeister Sigmund Ringeck, 1440


 Sometimes you will be as an extinguished light: do not doubt, you will soon be back. To gain the Art, not the old but the new, no effort was too great and very happy I am of having found it. I keep it secret, but as I let it go, I swear, it gives me riches and so it happens to those having this virtue.

-Fillipo Vadi, Liber de Arte Gladitoria de Dimicandi







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Freifechter Derek Nash

 Derek’s casual lifelong interest in the martial arts went largely unfulfilled until the spring of 2009, when he watched a historical fencing demonstration during a trip to Scotland. Fascinated by the fencers, but skeptical about his chances of finding such a group in Oklahoma, he started looking for an East Asian style school upon his return. To his surprise, he found the Cymbrogi. He joined the group that fall, and has been with them ever since. In addition to being a student, in recent years Derek has also assumed the role of an Assistant Instructor, and regularly helps out with both class instruction and mentoring for novice students.

Derek has also successfully competed in multiple regional tournaments since the start of 2015, medaling in most of them and twice earning the title of “Most Technical Fencer.” At the end of the 2016 season, Derek was ranked second in the Southern Historical Fencing League’s fighter rankings, and has maintained that rank one tournament into the 2017 season.