Mr. Bruce Sielaff began the study of classical and historical fencing in January 2007 at the Salle Saint-George, under Maître Cecil Longino. Having previously studied sport fencing at university, Mr. Sielaff found that he was much more drawn to the classical forms of the art, in particular to the French Small-sword. He was impressed with the twin goals of conveying a martial skill, while simultaneously imparting noble form, bearing and temperament. While studying at the Salle Saint-George, Mr. Sielaff served as Chef de Salle from 2010 until 2013, when he was accepted into the Martinez Academy Instructor In-Training Program. He was certified as Instructor in both French foil and Small-sword on December 11th, 2015.
While Mr. Sielaff’s focus has been on the study of fencing weapons, he is more broadly interested in the western martial tradition. He has studied traditional pugilism for several years under Tim Ruzicki, and since 2010 has been actively training in La Boxe Francaise Savate.
Upon graduation with a Bachelors of the Arts in English in 2009,
Benjamin remained in Arcata and established Benjamin Arms to manufacture high-quality, American-made classical fencing equipment. Entering into an apprenticeship under Maestros Martínez and Acosta-Martínez Benjamin has been taught the traditional assembly techniques, proper handling, care, and maintenance of multiple weapon types. His armouring knowledge and expertise continues expanding in tandem with his catalogue offerings.
Mr. Sielaff holds a Master Of Arts Degree in Philosophy from Indiana University. He currently lives and teaches privately near Southampton, UK.