Director Candidate Biographies

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  1. Jeannette Acosta-Martínez is a professional restorer of antique furniture who specializes in works of the 17th and 18th centuries. This, together with her interest in antique weapons, led her to the study of fencing. She began under the tutelage of Mâitre d’Armes Frederick Rohdes, and after his death in 1983, continued with his protégé Maestro de Armas Ramon Martínez. In all, has spent a total of 27 years studying traditional fencing, both classical and historical. In 1995, she became an instructor at the Martínez Academy of Arms, the Academy’s business manager, and the chief assistant at all Maestro Martínez’s demonstrations and seminars.

    In preparation for her Provost’s and Master’s certification, Maestro Acosta-Martínez devoted time to learning the art of teaching, as well as extensively researching the fencing treatises of the classical and historical periods. In January 1999, she was instrumental in orchestrating a historical exposition at St. Peter’s College, New Jersey, which had international participation and featured demonstrations not seen in public for more than 100 years. In May of 2000, she received her Master’s certification from the International Masters at Arms Federation and a second certification from the Martínez Academy of Arms the following November, thus becoming the only other Master certified to teach the Rohdes system of classical fencing and the Martínez system of Spanish rapier fence. Maestro Acosta-Martínez is a founding member and prior Vice President of the Association for Historical Fencing. She is also founding member of the International Masters at Arms Federation.

    Maestro Acosta-Martínez has annotated and translated various works of classical and historical fencing over the years. She collaborated on the translation of Ridolfo Capo Ferro’s Gran Simulacro, published by Greenhill Press in 2004. Maestro Acosta-Martínez also provided annotation and original drawings for the new edition of The School of Fencing by Domenico Angelo, published by Greenhill in 2005.

  2. David M. Cvet is the founder and president of the Academy of European Medieval Martial Arts (AEMMA) in Toronto, Canada, an organization dedicated to the resurrection, reconstruction and practice of Western medieval martial arts training systems. He trained for a time in Milan, Italy with steel weapons in longsword techniques based on Fiore’s treatise during mid-90′s and has participated in various organizations dedicated to studying the Middle Ages. In addition Mr. Cvet has studied some Asian combat arts. His background and experience having fired his desire to pursue a formal medieval martial arts training program, he founded AEMMA in mid-1998. In October 2000 Mr. Cvet received his appointment of Free Scholar within (AEMMA) and the “Acknowledged Instructor” (AI) designation for armoured longsword instruction from the International Masters at Arms Federation (IMAF). As an instructor, researcher and president, he continues to contribute to research and development of a number of training curricula, which include armoured and unarmoured training systems.

    Working with representatives of other martial arts disciplines, Mr. Cvet has contributed to creation of the Electronic Journals of Martial Arts and Sciences (EJMAS), an online journal dedicated to promoting scholarship in various martial endeavors. He is the executive editor of the Journal of Western Martial Art, one of the journals that comprise EJMAS. Mr. Cvet is also engaged with the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in an advisory/consultant capacity for matters related to medieval history as it pertains to military history, arms, and armour. He has delivered Fiore workshops in Europe, and also pursues his other passion of heraldry and is the 23rd President of the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada.

  3. Jeff Richardson began studying Eastern martial arts in 1982 in Eugene Oregon. He spent two summers studying Shotokan and then spent three years with the study of TaeKwonDo under Sensei Joe Gates. In 1986 began his studies of modern fencing under former U.S.A. Olympians Gay Jacobsen-D’Asaro and Michael D’Asaro. From 1992 to 1998, while also cross training in and assisting Sifu Tom Spellman in Daimon Ryu JuiJitsu, Mr. Richardson served as an assistant instructor for The American Karate Academy in Ashland Oregon. He helped run and promote the local school and worked as the local tournament promoter and as the publicist for American Karate Academies National Association. In 1995 he earned the rank of Black Belt in American Open Style Karate under Hanshei Jerry Piddington.

    Since the late 1980’s Mr. Richardson has spent time doing fight choreography for local theatres and working with independent film projects and can be seen as a stunt performer in the indie film Westender and shares a fight choreographer credit with Anthony DeLongis on the forthcoming indie film Spin of Fabrications.

    Mr. Richardson came to historical fencing in the early 1990’s while helping to found a club in Ashland, Oregon which eventually became the historic martial arts school Academia Duellatoria. He has researched and taught historic fencing and provided public demonstrations ever since. He served as apprentice armorer to Ironcastle Armories. With a primary focus on the rapier, a study of the works of Girard Thibault led him to meet Maestro Ramon Martinez and John Michael Greer and hold the first seminar on the subject of Spanish rapier in Ashland Oregon in the Spring of 2001. Mr. Richardson has provided background research and peer review for the translations of Thibault and Camillo Agrippa.

    Mr. Richardson Currently teaches rapier, sidesword and longsword at his school, Academia Duellatoria, in Portland Oregon. He brings years of experience in promotion and publicity to assist the AHF in furthering its goals.

  4. Keena Suh began fencing at the Martínez Academy in 2002, where she has focused on studying the French School for foil, small-sword, and dueling sword (épée). She has also trained in Italian foil and Spanish rapier. In 2008, she earned her rank as Instructor of French foil at the Martínez Academy. Ms. Suh is also a certified tournament judge for the Association for Historical Fencing, works on several of its committees and is a tireless promoter of historical and classical fencing. She has participated in fencing demonstrations both for the Martínez Academy of Arms and the Association for Historical Fencing. For the AHF, Keena has assisted in developing the current website, participated as both competitor and judge at AHF-sponsored tournaments and, most recently, served as a tournament director at the 2012 Grand Assault.

    In addition to studying and teaching at the Martínez Academy, Ms. Suh is a practicing architect in New York. She is also currently Adjunct Associate Professor in the Interior Design department at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, where she teaches and coordinates the undergraduate third-year design studios and also is a thesis advisor in the graduate program. She has taught fourth-year and graduate design studios and coordinated the graduate thesis program. Currently she serves on the graduate curriculum review committee, graduate admissions committee and peer review committee and has participated in the undergraduate and graduate curriculum review for most of her teaching involvement during the past twelve years, most currently involved in a significant re-structuring of the framework and re-writing course syllabi for the graduate program at Pratt. At the New York City College of Technology, Keena recently stepped down from her role as a member of the Board of Advisors electing, instead, to have more direct contact with the students in testing the newly-implemented architectural design curriculum. She teaches architectural design studios as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Architectural Technology. Keena was also recently appointed as an external reviewer of the design program at the Singapore Polytechnic Institute. Prior to earning her masters degree in architecture from Columbia University, Keena studied English Literature.