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Tony Barajas

Head Instructor and Owener

In 1991 Tony began fencing with French Foil and Hungarian Saber. He earned his Instructor’s certification of Provost at Arms in classical Italian Fencing (Foil, Saber, and Epee) at the San Jose State Fencing Master’s Program. Tony went on to study Fencing with Rapier and Dagger, Side Sword, Heavy Saber, and Longsword as well as foot combat in full armor. Classical Italian Fencing, along with his training in traditional martial arts including Aikido, Jujitsu, Kendo, Escrima, and Iaido gave Tony the scholarly foundation to interpret historical Italian Fencing treatises. Ultimately these studies inspired him to establish the "Italian Renaissance Swordsmanship Academy where he serves as head coach.


Tony has been an instructor in several Fencing and martial art schools, including the California Fencing Academy, San Mateo Community College classical fencing program under Maestro Sherman. The Fencing Academy in San Jose. He assisted Adrian Paul (of the Highlander TV series) with his first "Sword Experience" events in Sacramento, CA. Currently, he is an instructor with the Sonoma State Fencing Masters Certificate Program under Maestro Sullins and Instructor at the Rapier and Saber Pedagogy Retreat under Maestro and Maestra Coblentz in Atlanta, GA. He also continues to serve as the Fight Coordinator for St. Michael's Salle D'Armes, a renaissance 501c educational reenactment guild.