Italian Rapier, Sidesword
David Biggs has been a Rector/Instructor with the Tattershall School of Defense since 2005. He began studying swordplay from the historical manuals sometime around 1996 (Saviolo and DiGrassi), and started digging into Ridolfo Capo Ferro in 2001 and Giovanni d'allAgocchie in 2003. While these remain his primary foci, he has also cracked open a few other manuals along the way.
David has been active in the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) and the Western Martial Arts (WMA) communities for more than 20 years. In the SCA, he is a member of the Order of the White Scarves of Ansteorra and the Order of the Laurel, both awarded for knowledge and successful application of historical combat. In 2019, David was inducted into the Order of Defense of Atlantia. He was the premier Society Deputy A&S Minister for Historical Combat Studies, and as such helped all kingdoms across the SCA develop rules that allowed for the study of historic combat techniques as an art - including grappling, spears, daggers, and pretty much any other documentable combat form.
He has taught classes to hundreds of students across the U.S. and Canada, including at several WMAWs and KWARs. He has won scores of tournaments across HEMA, WMA, and the SCA, and continues to compete occasionally as a way to refine his knowledge and interpretation and put it to the test.