Br. Jefferson Webb, Founder & Lead Instructor
Br. Jeff has been training in Historical European Martial Arts for 14 years and trained extensively with veteran competitors of SCA combat, collegiate fencers, and fellow historians who have studied both Asian and European martial arts. He has trained in the use of the Medieval Arming Sword, hand-and-a-half sword, rapier, longsword, dagger, pole ax / halberd, various shields, hand ax, archery to include Medieval Crossbow and empty-handed fighting. He also has experience in Asian martial arts, in particular Aikido, and Goju Karate. He also received intense close combat training while in the U.S. Army at Fort Benning GA. He is the Lead Instructor and Grand Master of Art of Combat European Martial Arts.
Br. Jeff is a graduate of American Military University with a BA History degree. He took courses specifically targeted at medieval and ancient warfare, among many other areas of historical course work. In 2010, Art of Combat European Martial Arts (formerly New Ulster Steel Fighting) was recognized and registered by the United States Martial Arts Association as a formal martial arts style. Br. Jeff’s rank is certified by USMA based on his martial arts experience and founding of his martial arts school. Br. Jeff actively trains new members, playing a vital role in their development as well-rounded martial artists, and actively takes part in freestyle combat with the veteran members at training sessions. He is the Tournament Director and has been marshal of three tournaments. He was captain of the 1st place melee team at House Wars III in April 2016 and at FIGHT FEST! II in July 2016.
John Dunwoody has beena member for nine years. He has worked his way up through the ranks to earn an officership and the position of Assistant Instructor. Dunwoody plays a vital role in the training of members from the trainee ranks to the rank of sergeant. He has performed with distinction in tournament freestyle combat as a member of two champion teams in House Wars I and II combat tournaments. Dunwoody has experience in Asian martial arts, specifically in Japanese Kempo Karate. Scholar Dunwoody is currently a student of American Military University. Dunwoody’s scholarly endeavors are in keeping with A.O.C. European Martial Arts desire to produce well-rounded martial artists. Dunwoody is also an assistant instructor in our children’s program assisting in the instruction of Historical European Martial Arts to children from the ages of kindergarten to 6th grade. He has excelled in his roll as an assistant instructor and is a top prospect in the near future for taking charge of his own branch.
Scholar Charles Dunwoody has been training in the New Ulster Fighting System for over 9 years. He has worked his way up in rank to an officership and post as an Assistant Instructor, and tournament marshal. Dunwoody has played an active role in assisting in the training of members at the Trainee level up to the rank of Sergeant. Charles Dunwoody has performed in tournaments with great distinction, having claimed the title of Tournament Champion of Individual Steel Combat in the 2010 House Wars II Combat Tournament. He has also been a member of a first place champion team in the Team Steel Division of tournament. His keen eye for the field of battle and his leadership abilities are well known in the freestyle combat environment. Scholar Dunwoody served with distinction as Marshal of the first annual FIGHT FEST! as well as FIGHT FEST! II in July 2016 Dark Ages Combat Tournament.
He is a graduate of Tarleton State University with a degree in Psychology. He is currently working on his masters degree. His scholarly endeavors are in keeping with our desire to produce well-rounded martial artists on both the physical and intellectual levels.
Archery Sergeant Tyler Bryant, Chapter Instructor, Pickens, South Carolina.
A.S. Bryant has proven himself not only on the training field with great dedication and motivation, but also on the tournament field. In 2015 he won the gold medal in the Last Warrior Standing event at FIGHT FEST! 2015. He also won first place in Single Combat in the 2016 House Wars III and FIGHT FEST! II 2016. He’s also played a key roll on one of our five man melee teams, being a part of a two-time first place team. While being a member of Art of Combat European Martial Arts, Bryant was an active duty soldier in the U.S. Army and served his country honorably at home and in Afghanistan. Upon returning from deployment, Bryant continued his training with us, continuing to excel in his training. A.S. Bryant is now our Chapter Instructor in Pickens, South Carolina, where he will instruct new members there, and continue his training.