Jude Ledesma

About Jude Ledesma

Jude Ledesma - SoCal Swordfight 2022 Instructor

Jude is the Head Coach at F3 Sword Academy in the San Francisco Bay Area, which has been active for eight years.

He has also been a Coach with the Straight Blast Gym (SBG), a world renowned Combat Sports organization, for more than 20 years and is the Competition Team Coach at SBG NorCal.

Jude is an accredited USA Boxing Coach, and an Instructor Candidate with Floro Fighting Systems / Essential Kalis Ilustrisimo, a Filipino Martial Art with HEMA roots.

He started training as a kid in his father's personal Filipino Martial Arts system. Jude cross-trained with different approaches while in the Army and College, though he considers Rene Latosa (Escrima and Boxing) his primary instructor for this period. Through the 1990s he ran Jeet Kune Do classes and his contributions were acknowledged by what is now the Bruce Lee Foundation. However, Jude chose to transition to a Functional Combat Sports approach. 

He has competed in, and currently coaches: Boxing, Muay Thai, San Shou/San Da, Wrestling, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. HEMA as well: Longsword, Sidesword, Dussack/Saber.

Classes Being Taught by Jude at SoCal Swordfight 2022

A Single Basis - Core Wrestling Fundamentals for HEMA

Fundamental Wrestling Progressions focusing on Foundational, Positional, skills and principles rather than "techniques". Most approach wrestling from a technique by technique approach. Understanding a principle-based view can make an individual's training more effective and make integrating a wrestling program into their HEMA Clubs easier.

Required Gear

Class Length
90 Minutes

Skill Level
Brand New - Intro Level Beginners Intermediate Advanced 

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All classes and schedules are subject to change without notice.