The Rapier and Buckler According to
Federico Ghisliero (1587)
and his contemporaries
By Andrei Xuereb
& MHFA senior members.
This class is focusing on understanding how the use of the buckler with the early rapier is descibed by some of the masters of the late 16th century. This combination is not the most popular but yet these masters took the time to describe it. This class will explore the ways we hold the buckler and how to best use it in our defense.



Andrei Xuereb is the person responsible for the introduction of Historical Fencing as a martial art in the Maltese islands, having founded the Mithras Swordfight Club in 2005 and the Malta Historical Fencing Association in 2009. From a sport fencing background since 1997, Andrei later totally devoted himself to the research and practice of Historical Fencing and European Martial Arts. Since 2006 he has been a student of the methods taught by his teacher Andrea Lupo Sinclair, founder and technical director of FISAS.
After years of regular attendance in events and teaching academies organized by FISAS, in 2014 Andrei passed his final examinations under the FISAS system. He is the first non-Italian student to be qualified in the FISAS four weapon system and also the first instructor in Malta to be qualified in Historical Fencing.
He teaches classes in Longsword, Sidesword, Rapier, sabre and partizan as well as weapon combinations like rapier & dagger, rapier & cape, sidesword & dagger and sidesword & rotella.