Biographies

Aitor Blanco

Martial arts and combat systems practitioner, both Western and Eastern continuously from the age of five (for example karate, aikido, iaido, boxeo o wing chun).

However, for the last 14 years the study of others martials traditions has been overshadowed by the change brought about by the discovery of traditional fencing, understood as martial art, specifically and in a very significant way by “Verdadera Destreza”.

This system, in its most traditionalist, is the one that today governs the study and training of the Salas de Valencia and Castelló, proud to join in their daily Science, Art and Experience trainings.

  • Preboste examined by the Asociación Española de  Esgrima Antigua en el  año 2008
  • Maestro examined by the Asociación Española de  Esgrima Antigua en el  año 2018
  • Technical director at the Sala de Armas Francisco  Lorenz de Rada de  Valencia (2016 – 2019)
  • Technical director at the  Sala de Armas Maestro  Francisco Lorenz de Rada  de Castelló (2006 ­ 2019)

 Teaching participation in events

  • Academias Nacionales e Internacionales AEEA (Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia,  Toledo)
  • Torre de Hércules (A Coruña 2015)
  • Encuentro Tercio Viejo Alicante (2015, 2016, 2019)
  • Two Days of the Blade (London 2016)
  • Bruggen Destreza Workshop (Brugge 2016)
  • Destreza Days (Limoux 2017, Annemasse 2018)
  • FISAS (Verona 2016, Treviso 2018)
  • Malta international Meeting (La Valetta 2019)


Ton Puey

Having practiced shotokan karate during his childhood and adolescence he began in sports fencing in 1995, starting in 2004 its path into historical fencing. Soon he discovers the iberian system of Verdadera Destreza and specializes in it, since then giving seminars throughout Europe, the United States, Mexico, Russia and Australia.

He is a founding member of the AGEA federation (the Galician association of historical European martial arts), honorary member of FEEH (spanish federation of historical fencing) and AIMA (Italian Association for Master-at-Arms), HEMAC member and vice president of AGEA editora.

In 2015 he was recognized as Mestre de Armas by HEMA Portugal and in 2018 as first Maestro de Esgrima Histórica non-talian by the italian fencing federation.

He is currently technical director and Maestro de Armas de Academia da Espada, project focused on the study of Verdadera Destreza with the weapons of the moment of greatest splendor of the discipline.


Manuel Valle

Scholar of ancient fencing and its sources. Author of the “Bibliografía de la esgrima antigua y Destreza de las armas” collection of all known works of iberian fencing until the twentieth century and updating of classical bibliography works (Leguina, Thim, Vigeant).

Author and co-author of numerous critical editions of ancient treatises. Director of AGEA Editora. Discoverer of some manuscripts and documents deemed lost or unknown. Author of the chapter about the “Destreza” international reference works. Lecturer in many countries, is considered one of the benchmarks in the old fencing and “Destreza”. Honorary Mestre de Armas by the portuguese federation of historical fencing. Member of HEMAC, SHEMAS and member of AGEA and honorary of the FEEH.


Moncho Varela

After eleven years practicing oriental martial arts, Moncho began studying historical fencing as a student of Maestro Ton Puey in 2009, developing his own style with clear influences of “Verdadera Destreza” but with a marked tendency towards vulgar school and the use of double weapons.

Traditional spanish swordsmith fan and member of Academia da Espada since its founding, he obtained the third level student degree – the highest granted – in 2019. Since its beginnings in the world of martial arts, one of its main lines of work has been the study and training of ambidextrism, which is the ability to use the left or right hand with the same skill.

This study has conditioned his training in disciplines such as Judo, Kobudo or traditional Asian archery. However, he did not do it in western martial arts until 2016, the year after his recent discovery, he began studying and interpreting the manuscript “Arte de Esgrima” of fencing master Domingo Luis Godinho, specializing in the chapter dedicated to the two swords and finding in them his favorite weapon.


Pedro Velasco

He is currently director and principal instructor of “Sala de Armas Pedro del Monte” in Granada.

His main interest is in the study of the Ars Palestrinæ – arts of the “palestra” – which within the HEMA -Historical European Martial Arts – put forward the practice of martial art over that of martial sport, focusing his work on different weapons articulated under the same theoretical corpus.

Its main sources focus on hispanic and italian Renaissance and Late-Medievals treaties, without circumscribing a particular line or tradition and for the implementation it helps with didactic and biomechanical concepts learned with the practice of various oriental martial arts and contact sports.

Background

He began his practice in martial arts in 1983 Since then and until 2006 he has practiced different disciplines among which are the  following

  • Taekwondo – 8 Years
  • Full Contact – 5 Years
  • Jujutsu – 5 Years
  • Iaido – 2 Years
  • From the year 2006 and until today it is dedicated exclusively to the study of  the Ars Palestrinæ.