Owain Cantor ap Hughe
Politarchopolis (Canberra, ACT)
Email: owain AT homemail DOT com DOT au DONT SPAM ME
- Guildmaster Tariq ibn Jelal's Instant Guild Library v1.0
- Hutton, Capt. A. (2001) "Old Sword Play: techniques of the great masters", Dover Publications, New York (First published 1892): foreword by Maestro Ramon Martinez
- Cohen, Richard (2002) "By the Sword", Random House, New York. Entertaining history of swords and swordplay by a British Olympic fencer and Sabre champion.
Giacomo di Grassi, fencing in Elizabethan theatre
I stumbled across a rapier tourney at a Canberra picnic area around Valentines 2001 and started lessons with Guildmaster Francois Henri Guyon three days later. I then moved into the Gore St school run by Francois and Guildmaster Dameon Greybeard. I authorised in November 2001 and successfully played my Free Scholar's Prize in single rapier at Rowany Festival in 2002. At Festival 2003, I was surprised to find myself named the winner of the Baroness' Rapier Champion Tourney, thereby learning the value of luck in a tournament of defense (a second round bye kept my points to a minimum).
I played my Journeyman's Prize in single rapier, rapier and dagger, and rapier and buckler at MidWinter Coronation in July 2003. Despite some disparaging (and, sadly, accurate) comments about my buckler technique, I was successful and advanced to the green sash. In November 2003, I became Rapier Marshal for Politarchopolis and began training with Provost Diccon Shorthand.
In 2005, I had my hands full as Rapier Marshal in Charge for Rowany Festival and Queen's Guard to Her Most Gracious Majesty Queen Mathilde, yet proposed to my mentors that it was time to play my Provost's Prize. After training with Francois, Dameon and Diccon, I played my Prize at Festival in single rapier, rapier and dagger, rapier and baton, rapier and cloak, and case of rapier. In the longest day of my fencing life, I was examined by Provosts Aylwin Greymane, Alessandro di Firenze, Angus the Barbarian, Caleb Adolphous and Piers of Malmesbury, Guildmasters Henry Fox and Tariq ibn Jelal, and Courtier to the Kingdom of the West, Michael of Castle Keep. Despite profound doubts about seeking to join such august company, I actually had a great time and was gratified to learn that I had been successful.
In time, I was encouraged by the Guildmasters to work towards my Mastery and successfully played my Prize in October 2008. For now, I hold the distinction of being the only member to have played Prizes at every level of the Guild. In October 2009, I was honoured to be made a member of the Order of the White Scarf.