Steaphen Fick joined a company of people touring through California performing in fully armoured tournament in 1989. While in armour he had competed in full contact tournaments, as well as demonstrating the use and mobility of the armour. The tournament company would average five events per year, six shows per event and three fights per show. He maintained this schedule for approximately 11 years. Steaphen practiced in the training fights and competed in the tournament fights. In the 11 years of training and tournaments, he has had over 1900 fights.
After the tournament company disbanded, Steaphen began training with the lighter weapons; he trained with the Rapier and Dagger, the Single Rapier and the Spada di Filo (cut and thrust sword). He traveled to the UK to study with Maestro Paul MacDonald in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1999. There he also competed in tournaments and various reenactments around the UK. Whilst studying the Rapier and Dagger he became a recognized authority on the system of Joseph Swetnam (1617). He utilized Swetnam's techniques in four international Rapier and dagger tournaments; two of which he was the victor.
Steaphen Started Davenriche European Martial Artes School in June of 2000. He teaches adults and children ranging in ages from 10-80. The disciplines include the historic use of the longsword, the Rapier and Dagger, the Single Rapier, the Rondel dagger, the Spada di Filo, fully armoured Combat as well as other weapon systems.
He can be seen on The History Channel's Modern Marvels titled "Built by Hand"(season 6 ep. 43), as well as on CNN's "Somebody's Gotta Do It" with Mike Rowe (season 2 ep. 6) . Steaphen also choreographed fight scenes for a Dawnrunner Productions television show titled "Dorkcore".
Chris Castillo has been training at DEMAS since the winter of 2008. He regularly teaches the introductory longsword classes, as well as assisting in other classes and training venues as needed. He has been studying European Renaissance and Medieval sword techniques since 2003. His additional martial arts experience includes training in Aikido, Taekwondo, sport fencing and wrestling. He is an avid archer, specializing in the English longbow. A U.S. Navy veteran, he helped train the Self-Defense Force and Security Reaction Force aboard the guided missile destroyer on which he was stationed.
Marco Quarta is a biomedical scientist at the School of Medicine of Stanford University, CA, USA. His research is focused on skeletal muscle physiology, biomechanics and on bioengineering of stem cells for regenerative medicine. He also teaches and promotes Italian Martial Arts (IMAs) at Stanford and in the San Francisco Bay Area. Overall, his attention, as for Nova Scrimia philosophy, is into proposing original Italian martial art traditions actualized in modern combat and self defense methods.
Marco grew up in Bologna, Italy. His journey in the martial art world at a young age started with judo and jujitsu (where he earned a 3rd dan black belt) to eventually cross mixed martial arts (currently practicing BJJ). His interest in Italian martial traditions started in the early Nineties with formal training in modern fencing, boxing and wrestling. He eventually joined Graziano Galvani and his Italian martial arts research group (Circolo della Tavola), that later grew into the organization known as Nova Scrimia. As a co-founder, he served as senior instructor of the Nova Scrimia brotherhood from 1999 until present time. He is also maestro of historic fencing at Scrimia Scuola d’Armi. Since the late 90s, he has been teaching and promoting IMAs with publications, lectures, festivals, tournaments and seminars at Italian and International Universities and fencing/martial arts symposia (such as University of Bologna, Stanford in California, Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium, or at the Bone Breakers MMA Academy in Mexico City). In 2008 he moved to California, and founded Nova Scrimia International (www.novascrimia.org); teaching and promoting IMAs in Canada, USA and Mexico. Since 2000 he opened Salles d’Armes in Bologna (IT), Padova (IT), San Francisco Bay Area (USA) and Mexico City (MX). He is also one of the founders of “Hic Sunt Leones”, a fighting club inspired by traditional assaults and combat rituals.
He has a particular scientific and research interests on history and on biomechanics and neurophysiology of duels and self defense in Western Martial Arts. He also practices, researches and promotes Italian regional/folk IMAs in unarmed, knife and stick martial arts of living traditional schools and methods. In Italy he is currently producing and directing documentary series on traditional IMAs for the international community, closely working with the Masters, their families and their closed circles, who inherited these centuries-old living legacies.
Tal Kliger has been training at DEMAS since the winter of 2008. He developed and teaches DEMAS' Modern Combat and unarmed Close Quarter Combat (CQC) courses, and has taught every other class at DEMAS at some point in his time here. He began his martial arts training at 11, and has pursued formal and informal training from various martial arts, law enforcement and ex-military schools, sources, professionals and veterans. Tal also runs DEMAS' official airsoft team- D.S.O.C.- as well as created and organized the DSOC Killhouse which he runs every first and third weekend of the month. He is responsible for the design of the movable wall system used in the killhouse and organized and oversaw their construction. He currently spends most of his time focusing on creating and organizing events at the school for students and non-students to enjoy.
SARGENT AT ARMS
Johnny Dietzel started studying the longsword with DEMAS at the age of 12 and continued his study for 2 years. He left his study for a while, but never his love of the sword and the art. He resumed his studies with Steaphen in 2010, studying the longsword, dagger, and grappling. When the Modern Combatives class started, he began studying with Tal. 'Gentleman' Johnny came on to the team at DEMAS in 2015 as the roving instructor and general back up. When we moved to our new location on De La Cruz, he stepped up and started teaching on a more regular basis and also handles the day to day running of the school at the command of the Provost.
THE NERD TRAINER
Skye Hilton is our Fighter Fitness instructor, a NASM-certified physical fitness trainer, sports and exercise nutritionalist, and historical European martial artist. She has been a student of longsword for years, has competition experience, and was a guest at Combat Con. Her instruction at the Davenriche started in 2014, and she has been one of the most active women in our community ever since. http://www.thenerdtrainer.com/.
LAS VEGAS BRANCH
Thomas Levine is the provost of the new chapter in Las Vegas at William V. Wright Elementary School, where you can learn the medieval fighting arts of an Italian master, Fiore. Thomas has years of instruction under Sir Steaphen Fick at our Bay Area location. With great pleasure, Combat Con 2016 was our recruiting event. You may find more information here on the chapter's Facebook.
If you haven't been to our school before, please refer to our directions. Your G.P.S. may misguide you.