Rob Runacres is the Lead Instructor at the Renaissance Sword Club , and his main passions are for rapier and sidesword styles which spanning the mid-sixteenth to late seventeenth centuries. He has taught a variety of workshops in Europe and the United States.
The main historical masters he studies are Pedro De Heredia; François Dancie; Girolamo Cavalcabo, and Giovanni dall’Agocchie. He has translated a number of French treatises, including The Book of Lessons (mid seventeenth century); L’Espée de Combat (Dancie, 1623); Treatise or Instruction for Fencing (Hieronyme Cavalcabo 1597), and Le Maistre D’Arme Liberal (Besnard, 1653).
In January 2013, Rob was privileged with honorary membership of De Taille and d’Estoc.
Rob is active on the international tournament scene, both as a competitor and organiser. Recently, he was selected as one of the UK delegates to the HEMA Exhibition Competition at the 2019 European Games in Minsk.
Rob is working on his PhD thesis 'Fencing instruction and practice in the entourage of the Dauphin and beyond; the influence of the Bolognese fencer Girolamo Cavalcabo.'
Aside from teaching, research and competitions, Rob is half of the ‘Alte Herren’ HEMA video blog, with Hans Jornlind. He also blogs on teaching in HEMA.