Our Miestre, F. Braun McAsh, has devoted his professional endevours to grounding his students in the historically authentic techniques of European martial arts, and to developing convincing stage-fight skills for performers through his ”Stage Combat: The Art of Selling the Fight” program.
As a fight-director and swordmaster, Braun’s intention is to depict bladed conflict as being as true to life as safety allows; it is his assertion committing to the accurate portrayal of techniques left to us by the ancient masters actually strengthens safety parameters. The rationale for this is simple; techniques his actors employ are known and controlled, not a mish-mash of random and thus unpredictable flash-and-fury.
Between viewing the private collections of sword aficionados, and personally examining the off-display specimens of museums the world over, Master McAsh has handled and evaluated hundreds of battle-scarred weapons dating back to the 3rd Century, and is a scholarly authority on the weapons and warfare of peoples stretching back to the ancient Greeks. Among his unique experiences, Braun was on the forensic pathology team studying The Battle of Visby, and worked on two archaeological digs in the UK concerned with further deepening the world’s understanding of the Vikings and Romans.
Educated at the University of Windsor, Braun retains a BFA in drama; he is a professional actor, fight-director, author and journalist, and the much-loved teacher of students across Europe and North America.
With the help of his personal student and assistant, Joanne Bentley, he has established ‘The Ring of Steel; School of Historical and Theatrical Combat’ which calls Victoria, BC “home”, but to date has been largely mobile in nature.
This year alone, Master McAsh has introduced new students from Prince George, to the Okanagan and Duncan to the subtleties of sword-study, and in the last twelve months has choreographed material for no less than five performances ranging from the 3D project “The Duel”, (produced by False Creek Productions), to “The Beaux Stratagem” performed at Okanagan College.
The Ring of Steel is in the process of strengthening its roots in BC’s capital; we are developing a relationship with a venue right now where we’ll be offering on-going sword-study with our Master, so check our calendar often for upcoming classes and workshops. And please accept our invitation to join ‘The Ring of Steel’ group on Facebook!
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