We Are “The Ring of Steel”

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!

Welcome, and thank you for joining the Ring!!!

34 Responses to We Are “The Ring of Steel”

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  5. M. Moodie says:

    I signed to your blog RSS. Will you post more on this subject?

    • @Dm1n says:

      Hi there;

      Thank you for visiting our website! Due to the overwhelming feedback Braun has received on ‘Street Defense’, he is currently writing a fourth article on the subject, so stay tuned, we’ll have it up soon!


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    saw your performance at science world today, thought it was fascinating. I spoke to you afterwards about how to contact you for a workshop…Could you let me know how to get more information? (I don’t see anything on this blog site) Thank you!

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  28. Parker Harrisen deBruyne says:

    Hello, Braun!

    My name is Parker, we spoke briefly over the phone back in the summer, and I was wondering if you and your Ring of Steel will be commencing instruction again for the new year!

    • @Dm1n says:

      We’re planning a knife combat workshop for the near future. Been unexpectedly busy in front of the camera lately and have only managed the time to teach one private group class. But stay tuned. We haven’t forgotten you. Thanks for getting back.

  29. Dear Master Braun McAsh

    My name is Borhan and I was one of your student in 2008 at Acadmei Duello. I was serving at Army reserve at the time and I attend almost all your seminars. I enjoyed and loved your class. I take great pride to learn under you.
    I opened up my own Krav Maga school in 2010 and has been running it ever since. I also produce a POD CAST show call Warrior’s Den. Recently I had Devon on the show. We both talk about how great it will be to have you on the show.
    Would you like to be on the show sometimes this year ?

    Also, I have develop a great interest in Highlander fighting techniques, especially the usage of Basket Hilt Backswords. If there is anyone who can teach this fighting system it will be you.

    Borhan Jiang

    • @Dm1n says:

      Dear Borhan,

      Thanks for getting in touch. I haven’t had anything to do with AD for several years for reasons various. Krav Maga interests me – I briefly studied SAMBO, an art based on a similar ethos.
      I would gladly take you up on your invitation to do a podcast of Warrior’s Den.
      Ironically, I’m just about to go to do demos at the Victoria Highland Games. I actually taught a course on the Highland basket-hilt claymore once. I’ll send this to your email address as well.
      Been busy lately – need to check this site more often. I’m preparing a new article.
      Thanks for your kind words. I hope I continue to live up to them.

      Hope to talk to you soon.


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