Meet the Instuctors

Maister Jed 'Joker' Pascoe

Rank: Maister (Gold Sash)

Age: 68

Occupation: performance cartoonist and animator

Specialist techniques: Thinking beyond the sword. His mission is to bring his students to the best they can be, which should mean being better than the Maister.

Recent Medals and Awards:

2013 UK & World Backswording Champion

2010 East of England Champion

2016 Silver Autumn Exchange Longsword Tournament

2016 Silver Dovers Hill Backswording Championship

2016 Bronze World Backswording Championships

2016 BFHS Autumn Exchange Backsword Tournament

2015 Bronze World Backswording Championships

2014 Bronze World Backswording Championships

2014 Bronze Valour Cup

2013 Silver Letchworth Cup

2013 Bronze East Of England Championships

2013 Bronze Valour Cup

2012 SilverJubilee Cup

2012 Silver Dovers Hill 200th Olympick Games

2012 Bronze World Backsword Championship

2010 Silver Welsh Backswording Championship

Jed retired from active competition in 2016, but remains one of the country's senior sticklers.

"Don't make the mistake of the assuming he's just another old man"- Chris 'Wolfman' Cassell.

Provost Ross 'Hagrid' Brown

Rank: Provost (Black/Gold sash)

Age: 30

Occupation: Lab tech

specialist techniques: sword and buckler, closes and grips

Medals and Awards:

Uffington 2010 - silver

Uffington 2011 - silver

Valour cup 2016- bronze

Valour cup 2017 - silver

Sandringham team event 2017 - silver

Letchworth cup 2018 - bronze

Valour cup 2018 - gold

Letchworth cup 2019 - silver

Dovers hill 2019 - silver

Valour cup 2019 - silver

Sandringham world finals - silver

Soft-spoken hard man Ross has been training with the AOAA since he joined in 2009, and instructing since 2018. He has fought in many tournaments and re-enactment events including commanding the viking shield wall at Caldicot castle.

"Silent but deadly" - Pete Buzzsaw Holland

Free Scholar Andy Keen

Age: 35

Occupation: Surveyor

Friendly and approachable Andy Keen livens up most group events with his ready wit and can-do attitude.

Former military man Andy competes throughout the year in tournaments across the UK. Although yet to have brought back a medal, that day is soon approaching.

Andy's expertise covers: sabre, longsword, dagger, and wrestling.

Without a doubt, a staunch pillar of the club.

Provost Mark 'Iron Giant' Sains

Age: 41

Occupation: Software Engineer

Specialist techniques: maintaining distance

Medals: Gold (Oyster Fayre 2018),

Silver (Blackford Prize 2018);

Numerous other silver medals on the ECB circuit

Other styles:

Italian Sidesword (Bolognese & Agrippa);

Italian rapier

Being a long distance runner has helped Mark enormously due to the additional stamina and breathing. It has produced some long bouts in tournaments!

Multiple-marathon runner Mark is a shining example that Fitness Wins Fights.


Sarah 'Iron Maiden' Roberts


Chris 'Wolfman' Cassel

Phil 'Risuji' Glover