Joshua R. Bradshaw has a long history of education and martial arts, having run an educational theatre company, trained in traditional Shotokan Karate achieving his 1st Dan grade in 2009, he also founded a society at University for weapons based martial arts before he discovered HEMA in 2015. Having years of experience ‘messing about with weapons’ he spent the subsequent years reading, studying, attending classes and events as often as he could. His main focus is Sidesword but he has been known to dabble in other weapons of the renaissance.
He founded and teaches at Southampton Historical Fencing in the UK, initially studying Dall’Agocchie and now teaching the works of Marco Docciolini.
Josh has competed at a high level in a variety of weapons but mainly sword and buckler, and rapier and dagger, entering competitions at Fight Camp, the Wessex League and Albion Cup. He won his first medal in Rapier and Dagger in London Wessex League 2018. He has attended a number of events and has taught several classes at Fight Camp, The English Sidesword Open 2019 and Swordsquatch in Seattle 2019.
He is active in the wider HEMA community, attending groups such as Waterloo Sparring Group where possible and building relationships with other local clubs. He also plays an essential role in managing the QT HEMA page and designed the logo.
Aside from teaching HEMA Josh is a keen writer and aspiring academic having graduated with an MA in Creative and Critical Writing and is currently working on his PhD.