Shane began studying HEMA with the NJHFA in March of 2017, and has since progressed to the rank of Free Scholar. While having no previous experience in martial arts or fencing, both the highly athletic and deeply historical nature of HEMA enticed Shane to 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 several tournaments, and plans to continue doing so as an avenue to test his understanding of the art. Shane's primary focus is the Longsword, but he also studies combat with the Langes Messer.