Jeff Jacobson

About Jeff Jacobson

Jeff Jacobson - Instructor at SoCal Swordfight 2022

Jeff first began taking classes in modern 3-weapons fencing in 1995. In 1996, he started fighting in the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) and added classes in theatrical fencing to his study. In 2001, his search for history and technique of western martial arts brought him to the Tattershall School of Defense – Southern California run by Gary Chelak.

Since that time, Jeff has continued his study within the SCA, TSD and independently focusing on Italian and German rapier and longsword while also studying the historical development of sword play. Jeff continues to broaden his horizons, researching and incorporating different styles and has developed and taught numerous courses within TSD, the SCA, and beyond.

Known as Lot Ramirez in the SCA, Jeff was admitted to the Order of the White Scarf in 2005 and made a Master of the Laurel for Historical Combat Research and a Master of Defense for Rapier Combat in 2015.

Classes Being Taught by Jeff at SoCal Swordfight 2022

Introduction to Godinho

Godinho's treatise, published in 1599, presents an interesting look at pre-Pacheco fencing systems in the Iberian Peninsula.

This class will focus on the foundations of this system based on Tim Rivera's translation. (Available from Freelance Academy Press). Students will be introduced to the guards, stance, attacks and learn the basic rules for Godinho's 'established' play with the single rapier.

Required Gear
Basic drilling gear required: Mask, gorget, gloves. Practice Rapier simulator, preferably of the shorter length (35-39" blade)

Optional drilling gear: Jacket, elbow pads.

Class Length
90 Minutes

Class Level
Open to all levels

Biomechanics for Fencing

This style agnostic class will focus on investigating our structural weak points in our guards, postures, and movements so that we can be more stable in our actions without relying on musculature or quick-twitch reflexes in our fighting.

Required Gear
None. Though mask, sword and gloves may be helpful for exploration of further mechanics.

Class Length
1 Hour 15 Minutes

Class Level
Open to all levels

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All classes and schedules are subject to change without notice.