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Bill Grandy
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PostPosted: Tue 07 Sep, 2010 9:39 pm    Post subject: VAF welcomes Tom Leoni as our newest instructor!         Reply with quote

Tom Leoni is no stranger in the community of Western Martial Arts. He's already well known for his thorough research methods and rigorous study of the Italian Renaissance Martial Arts. Tom is responsible for the translations and modern publications of the historical fencing masters Fabris, Fiore, Giganti, and most recently Manciolino. Tom's assiduous approach to teaching is well known, having taught the Italian arts internationally at seminars and WMA events all over for more than a decade.

So it is with great pleasure that I, on the behalf of the Virginia Academy of Fencing, welcome Tom Leoni as an official instructor within our Historical Swordsmanship program!

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PostPosted: Tue 07 Sep, 2010 9:40 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

In addition to the quality instruction that Tom brings along with him, VAF also has some other exciting things in the works, but I'm going to be a tease and leave it at that for the moment. More on that soon enough. Wink
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PostPosted: Wed 08 Sep, 2010 12:30 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Fantastic. Now you all just have to open a school in Winchester, VA! VAF is becoming one stop shopping for all of your historical fencing instruction needs. You have quite a solid program with David, Pam, and Tom. Can't wait to hear what you all have planned.
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PostPosted: Wed 08 Sep, 2010 3:13 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

grand news indeed....now if I were only closer to you folks.......


cheers,

Bill

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PostPosted: Wed 08 Sep, 2010 3:50 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Congratulations, Tom! Welcome aboard! Speaking from recent experience, I know you are a fantastic instructor and will be a marvelous addition to our program. Happy
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PostPosted: Wed 08 Sep, 2010 5:29 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Yes congratulations Tom and I also wish all you folks would move to my neighbourhood. Or all have seminars walking distance from my house. Wink Laughing Out Loud Cool Or I win a lottery and could afford travelling to all the interesting training groups.
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PostPosted: Wed 08 Sep, 2010 6:44 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Congratulations to Tom and my friends at VAF. This is truly a "match made in Heaven"!

Yours,

Christian

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PostPosted: Wed 08 Sep, 2010 11:40 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Congratulations to VAF and to Tom. I greatly enjoyed being taught by Tom as an instructor and/or assistant instructor in a few workshops at Pennsic.
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PostPosted: Wed 08 Sep, 2010 3:55 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Congratulations Tom, it was my pleasure to meet you at Pennsic . I enjoyed our conversation, and I do hope one day to participate in a workshop. Of course Virginia is a bit of a treck, but who knows...
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PostPosted: Wed 08 Sep, 2010 4:36 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wow! It seems like a great point for living on the "right" coast! Have you considered expanding to the Pacific Northwest? Portland for sure, and maybe even Seattle?
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PostPosted: Wed 08 Sep, 2010 9:14 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

R D Moore wrote:
Have you considered expanding to the Pacific Northwest? Portland for sure, and maybe even Seattle?


That might be a bit too much of a commute to teach at all of those places for me. Happy One location is certainly about all I can handle!

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PostPosted: Wed 08 Sep, 2010 9:39 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Congrats my friends!

Hey R D,

There are Historic Fencing instructors in both Portland and Seattle. PM me if you don't know of them,


Cheers,

David Teague

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PostPosted: Thu 09 Sep, 2010 6:26 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks David. Academia Duelatoria with Jeff Richardson is local here and Northwest Fencing Academy with Sean Haynes in Eugene are great schools. I wanted to extend a compliment to Bill and Tom. I think that's an awsome combination of talent in one location. If I offended any Northwesterners, it wasn't intentional- old cowboys (Idaho) sometimes are a bit blunt.
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PostPosted: Thu 09 Sep, 2010 1:42 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Congrats Tom! It's great seeing you around VAF these days.
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