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Our Instructors

Jason after winning bronze in the 100 fencer tier b steel longsword tournament at Longpoint.

Jason after winning bronze in the 100 fencer tier b steel longsword tournament at Longpoint.

Jason barrons: FOUNDER & head instructor

Loves: German Longsword, Sword and Buckler, Single Stick, cutting with sharps, playing with scissors, training new fencers.

Jason's HEMA/fencing career started after a heated debate about Dark Souls, and hasn't looked back since. He has a passion for teaching the fundamentals and helping HEMA fencers explore what works best for them.

Jason is the president of The HEMA Alliance, and editor-in-chief of Measure and Weigh, a HEMA product review website.

Recently, Jason has won Silver in both the open steel longsword and team event at PHO 2017, as well as bronze in the 100 fencer tier b steel longsword tournament at Longpoint 2017. He is currently ranked 40th in the USA & 109th in the world for Longsword, and ranked as high as 80th in Sword and Buckler.

Jason fighting for bronze in open steel longsword at Longpoint 2017
Aaron lands a thrust at Rocky Mountain Krieg 2016, a colorado hema tournament
Aaron after winning silver in Messer at Longpoint 2017. His father Tom, left, won silver in intermediate cutting.

Aaron after winning silver in Messer at Longpoint 2017. His father Tom, left, won silver in intermediate cutting.

Aaron Karnuta: HEAD Instructor

Loves: German Longsword, Sword and Buckler, Rapier & Dagger, single handed weapons, sugar.

Aaron has been practicing historical european martial arts (HEMA) for over 7 years now. Formerly a practitioner of Fiore (an italian fencing master), he switched to german systems at the same time Jason arrived in Denver. 

Aaron brings to DHFA an extremely deep knowledge of ancient masters and their manuscripts, and is the foremost HEMA researcher at DHFA.

Aaron recently won silver in the messer tournament at Longpoint 2017 and gold in the open steel longsword at RMK 2017. Previously he had placed 4th at Socal Swordfight 2015, and top 16 at Longpoint 2016.