OUR TEAM

At Smart HEMA Clubs we pride ourselves on the quality of our coaching staff. Our coaches are professional sports coaches and have a combined professional experience of over 40 years. Many have been international coaches in their field and have had students represent their country.

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STUART SMART

Owner of SHC, CEO & Head Coach

Stuart comes from a fencing background. After receiving regional medals with épée, Stuart decided to share his knowledge and become a fencing coach. He found quick success, and soon had students fighting on the England Squad. He also trained for years with re-enactors and soon found HEMA. Upon realising there were no local HEMA clubs he decided to create his own.

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JOE WILD

Lead Coach

Joe's journey into sword fighting started with fencing, training in épée for a number of years. His interest in combat sports naturally found him being drawn to HEMA, with the wide variety of weapon systems to choose from it was a natural step for him. His practical adaptability and understanding of swordplay is fantastic, and his ingenuity in teaching students is that of a seasoned professional.

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ADAM SMITH

Assistant Coach

Adam came to us from re-enactment, frustrated with the lack of competitive play he sought us out. He quickly progressed as a fighter. He soon found that teaching was also a passion, and his progression as a coach is proving to be even faster.

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LEE ANDERSON

Assistant Coach

Lee came to SHC with an established and varied background spanning nearly two decades, including Judo, Taekwondo, Ninjutsu, re-enactment and fencing. He was looking to take his love of historical combat and place it in a more competitive setting, and found that he relished the opportunity to pass on his knowledge to others.