A longtime student of Fencing Master Edwin Richards, Mark has never had an interest in competing in the sport… The focal point of his research is the techniques and principles that made European fencing the predominant martial art on earth for over 300 years.
Renowned Eskrima Grandmaster Crispulo “Ising” Atillo readily admits that as much as 60% of his art comes from fencing and, according to Ted Wong, a student of Bruce Lee, most of the strategies and tactics in Bruce’s Jeet Kune Do come from fencing. Moreover, in coming up with a name for his revolutionary art, Bruce zeroed in on the effectiveness of fencing’s stop-hit to coin The Way of the Intercepting Fist.
Teaching fencing techniques adapted to different weapons as well as empty hand techniques, Mark emphasizes the art’s genius with regard to controlling distance and understanding time. He also regularly points out the many parallels in both FMA and Japanese Kenjutsu, The Art of the Sword.