The Oxford Sword and Staff Council
The OSS is currently run by an elected council of four. Alongside ensuring the club runs smoothly, these individuals will also commonly guide sessions as "Mentors".
Acting President, Co-Founder
Robin has been studying HEMA since 2014. He served as the clubs Vice-President from its inception and then moved to be its acting President in Autumn 2019.
An ex-student of Schola Gladiatoria, Robin moved to Oxford and was keen to help expand the local HEMA scene. WIth him, Robin brings a mixed background to the OSS, previously studying Italian Longsword, British Napoleonic Sabre and modern martial arts such as Ju Jitsu and Kickboxing.
Robin runs sessions on the longsword and the dagger/wrestling, and is developing his understanding of the Meyer's rapier with a view to introducing the weapon to the club in 2019.
Likes: Long Sharp Things, Craft Ales, Moustache Cultivation and Doggos.
Dislikes: Blunt Things, Internet Arguments.
Paul came to the OSS in late 2016 and immediately stepped up to take up the mantle of secretary. Since then Paul has single handedly kept the OSS afloat financially. In 2019, Paul made the decision to step down as secretary and move to become the first "Patrician". He then failed at this planned "retirement" and resumed the position of Secretary shortly afterwards.
Paul has a long history of studying martial arts and, through his experience with disciplines like Karate, Tai Chi and modern boxing is able to bring a unique perspective which enables us to stress test and troubleshoot our interpretations and see if they stand up.
Likes: Money, Swords and Sword Shaped Objects, Handwraps.
Dislikes: Reading, The Constant Requests for Money He Receives from Njall.
Hugo has been involved with the OSS since its earliest days and was quick to volunteer for an available seat on the council. He was the first club Sgt-at-Arms and has held the position of Vice-President since Autumn 2019.
Hugo is a lifelong student of martial arts and brings a wealth of knowledge to the table when we are interpreting the systems we study. His knowledge of bio-mechanics is particularly useful when it comes to the more...bizarre techniques.
As Sergeant-at-Arms, Hugo ensures that the club is operating safely and oversees all kit checks. He also delivers sessions on the longsword and the dussack, and is working to introduce more wrestling to club sessions.
Likes: Curved Sharp Things, Producing Moonshine and Wielding Daggers like a Maniac.
Dislikes: Long Range Weaponry, Flimsy Feders.
Formerly of the Vanguard Swordsmanship Academy, Australia, Joe has been with the OSS since 2017 and quickly worked his way up to the role of Coach. In Autumn 2019, Joe volunteered to help out with the administration of the club and was installed as it's first Master-of-Arms.
As Master-of-Arms, Joe, is responsible for overseeing gear safety checks and will work closely with members of the club who are preparing with their prizings.
Joe is a seasoned tournament fighter with both longsword and rapier with companion weapons, competing in a number of competitions both in the UK and Australia.
Likes: Good body mechanics, solid gear and a cheeky stubby.
Dislikes: Lazy footwork, bad posture, A Booting.
Njall started out in HEMA by purchasing a synthetic longsword, a mask, gloves and a copy of "The German Longsword Study Guide". He then realised he might actually need other people to get involved at some point, met Robin Hersom in a pub in Oxford and the rest is history.
Njall became the first club President and held that office for 3 years before stepping down due to moving 30 miles away and not being able to drive. He moved into the role of "Herald" in Autumn 2019 and now oversees the clubs online presence and social activities from the comfort of his own living room.
As a club Mentor, Njall specialised in the use of the Quarterstaff and now pursues a study of wider German martial arts of the 16th and early 17th centuries. He has also started studying English martial arts from the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods.
Likes: Big sticks, obscure treatises, sweet bountiful ale, having a brawl.
Dislikes: Small sticks, Fiore.