Eric White is a diversified martial arts instructor with over twenty-five years of martial arts experience. An instructor since 1997, Eric has taught martial arts classes in Isshinryu karate and historical fencing. During his time as a student of Isshinryu karate, Eric took advantage of various disciplines offered by his sensei, Doug King of Andover, NJ, and also studied Aikido, Jeet Kune Do, and Ju-jitsu. As a student of Isshinryu, Eric also attained expertise with the bo and sai, traditional Japanese weapons. In 2006 Eric began studying historical fencing with a small group of friends who trained on Sunday mornings in his karate dojo. By 2007 he earned his third-degree black belt in karate and continued his study of historical fencing. In late 2009, having whipped his passion of historical fencing into a frenzied fever, he left Isshinryu karate after 15 years of study to focus solely on historical fencing and joined the Association for Renaissance Martial Arts (ARMA). Eric left ARMA in July 2012 and formed the New Jersey Historical Fencing Association where he is currently the Principal Instructor. His primary areas of focus and instruction are in the longsword, messer, dagger, dusack, and ringen (wrestling).
Brief overview of martial arts career:
Shane began studying HEMA with the NJHFA in March of 2017, and has since progressed to the rank of Provost. The highly athletic and deeply historical nature of HEMA enticed Shane to initially dive in. The complex reconstruction and contextual analysis of HEMA that blend the physical and historical elements drive him deeper into the study of the Art. Shane has competed in a number of tournaments, and plans to continue doing so as an avenue to test his understanding of the Art. Shane's primary focuses are the Longsword and Langes Messer.