In the original 16th century Guild of Masters of Defence, students were taught by Provosts (junior teachers) and Masters (senior teachers).

At Stoccata Provosts are those people who have shown proficiency over a number of years in particular weapon systems and who teach them. Part of becoming a Provost is the requirement to do significant original research into the systems the Provost intends to teach. Stoccata does not classify any of its teachers as a Master. This is because the word Master has modern implications beyond it's original 16th century meaning.

Stephen Hand was born in Hobart, Tasmania in 1964. In 1979 he joined a medieval re-enactment group and soon came to the conclusion that medieval swordsmanship must have been more sophisticated than the made up style being used by re-enactors. For several years he studied modern fencing and kendo before discovering that there were surviving historical fencing manuals. Moving to Sydney in 1989 Stephen joined an Early Modern re-enactment society where several members had been following the same path.

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Peter Radvan came to Historical Fencing by way of Historical Re-enactment, with which he became fascinated over 30 years ago. Historical combat arts have always been central to his interest in re-enactment.

He was training a University Dark Age Society with Steve Hand in 1995, when Steve first started experimenting with George Silver. Very little was required to persuade him of the superiority of properly researched Historical Fencing over the old Make-It-Up-As-You-Go-Along School, even though it required abandoning 14 years of practice at the latter.

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Paul Wagner was President of the Macquarie Dark Ages Society from 1997-1999, and was a founding member of the Stoccata School of Defence. Paul teaches courses in Single Sword according to George Silver, Highland Broadsword according to Thomas Page, Sword and Buckler according to I.33, Rapier according to Joseph Swetnam, English quarterstaff and English longsword. He has given seminars for the Melbourne Swordplay Guild in Victoria, Finesse Academie of Fence in Canberra Australia and Medius Auvum Comitatus in Auckland, New Zealand, Sweden, the UK, and USA.

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Richard Cullinan first formally studied fencing in 1998 under Peter Linich, Maestro di Scherma. Building on this classical foundation, he branched out into historical fencing systems, and is now the leading researcher and exponent of Renaissance Italian fencing systems within Australia, and recognised internationally for his research in Bolognese swordsmanship.

Richard primarily teaches courses in Bolognese swordsmanshipItalian rapier, Classical Italian fencing, and spadone (Italian Greatsword). He has also qualified as an Instructor at Arms in Classical Italian School fencing through the Fencing Masters Certificate program at Sonoma State University, California USA.

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Tim has practiced historical swordplay since beginning his undergraduate degree. He started training with the Macquarie University Dark Ages Society, studying Viking Age fighting, before joining Stoccata due to a fascination with i.33 sword and buckler. After sampling a variety of sword systems Tim found his favorite in the sabre of Alfred Hutton, which he has practiced passionately ever since. He has also dedicated study to other classical arts including pugilism and knife.

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Stu's formal training includes lots of low level belts attained in search of better systems, a community coaching course, and a teaching certificate (now lapsed) in the Modern Fencing/Kalis Illustrisimo (stick, knife and unarmed) blend offered by Master Raymond Floro

Stu has been teaching since 2000. His areas of study are rappier, dussack, dagger, longsword, and staff via J. Meyer. as well as old style pugilism, wrestling and street weapons. Stu has taught most of this at one time or another at multiple national events.

Stu is a passionate student of coaching theory and functional biomechanics with the goal of helping people get better, more quickly

In the original 16th century Guild of Masters of Defence, Ushers were senior students who assisted the Masters and Provosts to run classes. In Stoccata they fulfil the same role. Most Ushers will be in training to become Provosts