About the Instructor
Antone Blair began fencing in 1995 while studying Anthropology and Classical Mediterranean Civilization at Beloit College in Wisconsin. Finding that he was more interested in fencing as a martial art, he began seeking information on the rapier and the duelling sword.
In May 2001 Antone attended a seminar on the art of Spanish rapier taught by Maestri Ramon Martinez and Jeannette Acosta-Martinez. Antone immediately developed a passion for the Spanish school of fencing and soon there after became a student of the Martinez School of Arms. Antone primarily studies French foil, duelling sword and Spanish rapier. Antone also studies and trains in the use of the Spanish Navaja under Maestro James Loriega of the Raven Arts Institute. In January of 2006, Mr. Blair received the rank of Instructor in French foil and épée, and in June of the same year, he received the rank of Instructor in Spanish rapier.
He is the fencing instructor at Humboldt State University, where he teaches French foil, and for advanced students, French duelling sword and Spanish rapier and navaja technique. He also offers fencing instruction at the Destreza Pacifica Fencing Club in Arcata, California, where students are taught the art of defense with an emphasis on universal principles of self-defense.