Instructors
Christopher Valli, Lead Instructor
 
 
Chris began his training in martial arts at the Shaolin Wushu Center in South Windsor, Connecticut under Grandmasters Hu Jianqiang and Zhong Jianmei.  He trained in kungu and taichi for 10 years where he reached the level of 'purple sash.'  He also assisted in teaching childrens and beginner classes and won several medals.
 
In 2004, Chris attended a seminar on the German rondel dagger by Christian Henry Tobler and the next day ordered a pair of wooden training daggers.  It was love at first disarm.  Within a few months, he was attending classes regularly.  In 2015, Chris earned the rank of "Free Scholar" through the Selohaar Fechtschule.  He then started Laurel City Historical Fencing in Winsted, CT to be able to pass on his love of the sword to new students.
 
In addition to historic fencing, Chris also enjoys archery, shooting, and really any sport that involves weaponry.
 
Rob Kelly, Instructor
 
Rob is a long time student of martial arts; nearly 30 years now.  He has been a student of Western Martial Arts under Christian Henry Tobler for the last 15 years.  Rob specializes in the longsword and poleaxe.  He has been featured in books such as Fighting with the German Longsword and In Saint George's Name as well as in the German Medieval Martial Arts DVD series and Messer Fighting from the Glasgow Fechtbuch.

In his spare time, Rob also enjoys hiking, shooting, and hunting.  He is a certified firearms instructor.
Janusz "Tibbles" Saba
 
bio coming "soon"